Located in the middle of Lake Pichola, facing the city palace in Udaipur, the Lake Palace was built in the 1740s as a summer palace for the Maharaja Jagat Singh II. Constructed of white marble on a four acre island, the walls of the palace appears to float above the calm waters of the lake.
A private fast boat service connects the Lake Place with a jetty in the city palace, making access to the hotel quick and easy while ensuring complete privacy. The hotel boasts several restaurants as well as a bar, pool, spa and business centre, meaning you never have to leave. Most rooms have a view of the lake, either looking out on the city palace complex or the encircling Aruvali hills. All rooms are individually decorated and well equipped with all the amenities of a modern hotel.
Open: Taj Lake Palace is open all year.
Location: The Lake Palace is located in Pichola Lake in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Rooms: There are 66 rooms and 17 suites, all offering luxurious and spacious accommodation, modern facilities such as plasma screen TVs, DVD players, tea and coffee makers, high-speed internet access and en-suite bathrooms. They also have 24 hour butler service
Activities: Staff can lead guests on guided strolls around the palace. Cultural shows, astrological talks and cookery lessons are available to hotel guests. The hotel can arrange a variety of excursions including lake cruises, drives in vintage cars, mountain biking, jeep safaris, trekking and sightseeing trips. All can be arranged and paid for locally.
Facilities: The hotel has numerous terraces, rooms and alcoves for guests to explore. There is a lakeside swimming pool and partly shaded deck. The Jiva Spa offers aromatherapy, body wraps and scrubs as well as yoga and meditation and a jacuzzi. The hotel has chess and backgammon sets for guest to use and there is a games room with a pool table. There is a currency exchange and a laundry service. The hotel has a large choice of dining venues, including a floating pontoon on Lake Pichola, the Gangaur royal barge, the Mewar terrace, by the lily pond and the rooftop terrace. All offer a range of cuisines, including traditional Rajasthani. There is a bar.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables in a variety of locations.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is high-speed internet access in guest rooms and Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel, which is paid for locally.
The hotel ha dedicated staff to clean Lake Pichola. They are very hot on water-saving & waste disposal. They also back schools & orphanages with medical aid. Their staff reward scheme for ideas related to the environment ensures that eco-responsibility stays high on their agenda.
"A wonderful experience from beginning to end .. as indeed it should have been for the additional cost. Our welcome, fit for a maharana, set the tone - a sunset ride across the lake, a shower of rose petals, a cool drink and an abundance of attentive and friendly staff. Our room was luxuriously but tastefully decorated and furnished and looked out across the Lake to the Palace. Food was of a high standard and the breakfast buffet was extensive and beautifully presented. We took the (free) heritage walk around the hotel and went on the hotel's sunset boat trip on the lake (Inntravel organised for us to go on it as part of our itinerary) which culminated with a display of traditional music and dancing in one of the courtyards. Everything about the hotel was of the highest standard and there were little touches that surprised and delighted - like the bookmarks inserted in our books and the spiced freshening pouches in our shoes. We are glad we decided to spend the extra to stay there. "