Taj Lake Palace
What We Love
- Sweeping vistas of Lake Pichola’s glittering blue waters
- Four restaurants — the sweet nonalcoholic juices and mocktails are particularly addictive
- Service that's attentive but not officious
- The hotel has done a wonderful job of modernizing but not overrenovating; you’ll never forget you’re staying in an 18th-century palace
What To Know
- The property is reached via speedboat
- There’s something touchingly Old World about the hotel, which means that dressing up, while not required, feels somehow necessary (you are in a palace, after all)
- Probably best to leave the kids at home: the Lake Palace is very much an adult playground
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, romance is in the very bricks and mortar. Completed in 1746 as a hideaway for Prince Jagat Singh II and converted into a hotel in 1971, it’s one of those rare hotels that’s as much fun to get to as it is to stay in. A short boat trip whisks guests from the banks of Lake Pichola to the Palace’s lobby. The prince used marble the way some of us use plywood, and no matter the time of day, the structure seems to glitter from within, casting its sparkle across the lake’s deep blue water. It’s easy to feel transported back to a nobler, more glamorous era in any of the 83 guest rooms, which feature gorgeously patterned silks, four-poster beds, and butler service—not to mention every window gives a view onto the waters below. There’s not a terrific number of distractions at the Lake Palace, but that’s the charm. Scattered around the grounds are dozens of little nooks with plush cushions for whiling away a couple of afternoons reading, dozing, and simply enjoying the scenery. The pool and excellent spa are also diversions, as are the magical views at the hotel’s four restaurants. The authentic Indian cuisine at the fancy, hushed Neel Kamal is particularly good, though you might also become addicted to the brightly colored sherbets at Jharhoka.
In the Area
The area around City Palace makes for good browsing, as do the stalls and shops of Bapu Bazaar (clothing), Bada Bazaar (jewelry) and Chetak Circle (crafts); have the concierge draw you a map. Or, take a tour of the lovely City Palace Museum. It was originally built by King Udai Singh II in the 16th century, back when the city was the seat of the great Mewar Kingdom, and remained inhabited by his descendants until 1959. Check out the Manak Mahal Room on the second floor, which is pattered with colored glass, like a huge disco ball. Rajasthan is famous for its silks and shawls. For some of the best combed cashmere, head to Andraab, a boutique run by two Kashmiri brothers. The prices are high, but so is the quality (and there’s no hands-off policy here; you can try on anything). Some of the most interesting and evocative experiences in India can be had at local produce markets. Take a taxi over to Udaipur’s, where you’ll see vendors in front of mountains of green beans, peppers, eggplants, as well as stacks of bangles that can be had for just a dollar or so. You’ll also get to check out the local fauna: hardworking elephants and camels.
How to Get There
Right from petal shower at the entrance and the traditional welcome to the end it’s was a pleasure to be in this beautiful picturesque property. Awesome hospitality warm and professional at the same time. Great rooms with lake view and sumptuous delectable food.
Deepankar, shubhi , simran , pramod , Kalu lal , Anjali thank you very much for adding to the great hospitality.
Will indeed make another trip if possible.
Madhu Sanjay Avnish Sanju Savita Anup.
Let Me start from the welcoming gesture which was really heart warming, The whole vibe was really positive and we liked every bit of it. Everyone was really polite, caring and always ready to help. The room was simply superb. I am really speechless about the comfort, facilities and the view (The View is the best part of the room with sight of Jag Mandir surrounded by beautiful lake pichola) provided by the room.
The variety and taste of the food provided in restaurants was outstanding, I have never had such an amazing Mushroom Dish (I think it was Tandoori Kumb) and the Specially recommend Paav Bhaji by Chef Abhishek and the box of sweets by him was really amazing. The Small token of love - "The Frame" given to us will always help us in keeping this experience refreshing in our memories.
All In all this experience was very relaxing and simply superb with breathtaking views, awesome food and very helpfull and Caring staff. (Mr. Hemant has been very kind for clicking pictures of us forming a different perspective of the location).
Special Thanks to Mr. Shivcharan Ji for all the arrangements which made our stay perfect, Magical and Memorable.
Would Like to Visit soon.!!
We stayed here for one night as we were keen to experience this world renowned hotel (where apparently Princess Di and Prince Charles have stayed). This hotel is steeped in history and was built as a "party palace" for the Maharana family from Udaipur (you can learn about the palace and family history on the highly recommended evening historical walk). We were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived, with umbrellas held over us to protect from the sun and petals showered on us from above as we entered the foyer. The highlight of our stay was the traditional Rajasthani dancing and live music in the evening. They also offer a boat ride to take you around the lake and to the other Island, so if you are staying in Udaipur at this hotel, we advise you don't take the boat rides offered elsewhere as they follow the same route. I also used the spa facility for a foot massage which was fantastic relaxation after walking around Udaipur all day. Overall the staff, the facilities and the experience here was professional and worth paying for. Obviously the hotel is high end and expensive, but that's the price for perfection, we did not regret our choice.