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
Stayed for the weekend at the palace for our anniversary and I must say it was one of my best experiences. We were welcomed by the team on our arrival and after the short and necessary check-in formalities, we were given an informative tour of the property by Prativa. The Pichola Lake view from our rooms was magnificent that cannot be matched by any other resort.
The highlight of our stay was the food at Jharokha Restaurant. We loved the ambience and flavour. The Signature dishes at the restaurant always exceed expectations. And Special thanks to Nikhil for explaining every menu item and his recommendations.
Room service team especially Himanshu always made an extra effort to suit our specific meal requirements. The housekeeping team at the hotel is unmatched. Every time we came back from a meal or an activity, we found the rooms clean.
I would like to thank the team for their effort and making our anniversary celebrations extra special.
Spent several days including our 25th wedding anniversary at this whimsical hotel. Staying here allows you to cast your mind back and imagine the extraordinary lives of the royal family. Sure some of the recently constructed luxury hotels might have a bit more space and tighter finishes but this place is magical and with a team of staff who went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful stay.
Our special dinner was a highlight of the holiday with the catering and decorating teams providing a night of beautiful Indian food, surrounded by garlands of flowers, decorations and a private table with a night time view across the lake.
Lie back, relax and enjoy this "museum like" stay and enjoy the little quirks you will spot from time to time.
Sounds blasphemous? It just might be. If one leaves aside the magical history behind the Taj Mahal, the setting of Taj Lake Palace might just be one of the most romantic places in the world.
If you really slow down a bit and enjoy the intoxicating cocktail of history, nature and world class hospitality, this might just be the place to be.
An extremely well managed luxury property, its highlight are the views and the hospitality. The property is small but extremely charming. No wonder it has been the favourite for a wide array of global celebrities.
One of the key reasons for the awesomeness of the property is the amazing Taj hospitality. Special mention to Miss Pratibha who went out of her way to make us feel welcome. Every staff had a smiling and welcoming demeanour.
The food here is out of the world. The chefs were kind enough to accommodate a unique request for a plant based meat preparation. The Vegan Lal Maas ( a traditional mutton preparation) was out of the world! Another must try is the Maharajah Thali ( a lavish assortment of Indian food). One can dig into amazing assortment of dishes in the Thali. We especially loved the Dal Bati, Ker Sangri, Chakke ki Sabzi and the Rice Pulao. Each of these dishes were unique experience in itself.
Thanks to the team Taj Lake Palace for making our stay magical!
Definitely should be on your bucket list! :)
My first anniversary had it all delicious food, beautiful view and arrangements made by staff. Jiva spa so soothing and relaxing. Weather made our stay more amazing. Well done to all the staff present there we’ll back soon.
If one really wants to Experience the City of Lakes, then what better to to experience it. Stay in the Middle of the Lake itself. Undoubtedly the BEST. Nothing can even come closer to Taj Hospitality.