: Udaipur in the north India state of Rajasthan.
Popular As : Lake Palace, a part of which is converted to a five star luxury hotel and managed by the Taj Group of Hotels.
Location : 25 Kms. from Maharana Pratap Airport, 3 Kms. from Udaipur Railway Station.
The Lake Palace is floating palace situated in the center of the Lake Pichola. Today, it is the five star luxury hotel managed by the Taj Group of Hotels. The Lake Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, arising out of the Turquoise Waters of the Pichola like an elegant fantasy in white marble.
The History -
The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acers of rock. It was initially called Jagniwas after its founder Maharana Jagjit Singh. The Maharana, ruler of Jaipur from 1628 to 1654, was very friendly with Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and encouraged his craftsmen to copy some of the glories of his incomparable buildings at Agra. The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards. These courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens all add to its impressive image.
The Architecture -
Lake Palace houses 83 rooms including 17 beautiful suites and 53 Deluxe rooms. The rooms and the suites of the hotel are beautifully designed; each having a particular theme & decorated with textiles and handicrafts of the region. The rooms are decorated with cusped arches, inland stones of pink, and green lotus leaves and painted mirrors. apartments like the Bada Mahal, Kush Mahal, Ajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal and Dhola Mahal. The royal banquet rooms are now reception rooms, bars and restaurants.
Reaching Lake Palace, Udaipur -
Air : Dabok Airport is 24 km. from Udaipur city. Linked by daily Air Service from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai.
Rail : Udaipur is connected to and from Chittrogarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi.
Road : A wide network of bus services link Udaipur from various destinations like Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur ,Chittrogarh, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai.