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The Vintage coupé glides to a stop at the lake’s edge. It’s hard to believe the floating vision in marble is real. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint.
The Taj Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is a dream of white marble and mosaic glistening in the moonlight, very reminiscent of the most beautiful tourist cliché in the world, the Taj Mahal. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake, and lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace spreads across a four-acre island an almost surreal vision in marble. The Royal Butlers descendents of the original palace retainers look after all contemporary comforts and ensure that all guests are treated like Royalty.
The hotel is just half a mile from the center of the city. It is 2.5 miles from Udaipur Train Station and 16 miles from Maharana Pratap Airport.
Luxury Rooms : A captivating orchestration of simplicity, elegance and attention to detail, Luxury rooms showcase the finest modern craftsmanship, yet never leave their heritage behind. These rooms are stylishly and amply outfitted and as one might expect, every conceivable comfort is provided. Luxury rooms offer everything one needs and the Royal Butler will take care of the rest.
Palace Rooms : Palace rooms are imbued with more space than Luxury rooms and their fair share of archways and patterned mystique. Classical Indian architecture, high ceilings and rich décor with floral artwork provide the most charming of settings, yet a range of advanced technology is always close at hand.
Royal Suites : The Royal Suites most assuredly live up to their name. Gracefully composed details imbue the suites with effortless royal charm. Guests delight in the delicate frescoes, decorative wall niches and antique wooden fans. The views are panoramic, even from the bathrooms. Royal Suites are graced with traditional décor, impeccable interiors and stained glass windows. Another favorite feature of the Royal Suites are the extra sitting areas with stunning views of the lake.
Grand Royal Suites : The Grand Royal Suites are the epitome of royal grandeur and offer guests a taste of the finest traditions and lifestyles of the princely kingdom of Udaipur. The resplendent Grand Royal Suites are the part of the original design of the palace and their decadence is legendary. Many Grand Royal Suites also flaunt an attached terrace. However lavish the suites may be, they are also warm and welcoming to a fault.
Grand Presidential Suite : The Shambhu Prakash suite is named after the Maharana Shambhu Singh, known for his progressive reforms and welfare measures in the 1860’s. The suite, furnished in impressive, opulent strokes of colour graced with high curved arches, exudes a mix of both Rajasthani and European grandeur.
In the tradition of the city’s finest heritage hotel, Shambhu Prakash exceeds the expectations of its guests. The Suite’s style cleverly melds a variety of themes reflecting Mewar’s diverse history of ethnic cultures. The suite opens to a comfortable and elegantly appointed library stocked with select literary works and handpicked artifacts. An adjoining balcony offers views of what is arguably the best lake view sunset in the world.
Fantastic locations complement sublime cuisine in the four exquisite restaurants of Taj Lake Palace. Asian, Indian, Contemporary Western, Italian dishes and cocktails are all taken to the highest level in the hands of our master chefs. Resident Guests can choose a restaurant by the lily pond, poolside or on the rooftop. Royal butlers are on hand to arrange a private table anywhere that suits your needs.
Aptly named Sea of Nectar, the stylish bar is renowned for its fine selection of vintage wines, spirits and cigars. The bar has a refreshing indoor-outdoor ambiance, and a relaxed charm.
Amrit Sagar is the ideal place to sample traditional afternoon Hi Tea or light meals. Enjoy kebabs, brochettes and antipasti in the perfect convivial atmosphere. Guests find that our signature martinis, manhattans and cocktails go down very smoothly. Sample from a grand collection of fine premium international spirits, single malts, cognacs, and pair them with a fine cigar from our extensive menu. However you choose to unwind, Amrit Sagar is a mainstay of the Taj Lake Palace social circuit.
Lounge Bar known for its Single Estate Teas and coffees during the day and in the evening one can enjoy signature cocktails and Asian Tapas
Bhairo, where your senses will be treated to exquisite contemporary European Cuisine created by the chefs and where the views take you back in time to an era of royal grandeur, pomp and pageantry.
Dine under scalloped arches overlooking the serene waters of Lake Pichola. Jharokha brings informal, all day dining to Taj Lake Palace and offers a vibrant array of delicacies from all over the world. Enjoy a contemporary, world cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean overtones. Soothing views of the lake and the City Palace add much to the restful ambience. Signature breakfast dishes include the Lake Palace Eggs Benedict and signature French Press Coffee.
Neel Kamal or the "blue lotus" denoted the divinity of Lord Shiva. In interpretation of this sense of divinity and tranquility, the aim is to bring you authentic flavours of the royal cuisine of Mewar, with local ingredients and time-honored cooking techniques, such as our wood-fired stoves.
The Cuisine is accentuated by the restaurant setting - traditional ambience and views of the Lily Pond, the mesmerizing water feature which forms the centerpiece of the inner courtyard of the Palace.
From the moment you are greeted at the airport or dock, step into a world where needs are met before desire has even been realized. Guests are greeted with rose petals shower, traditional welcome and refreshments and then introduced to the marvelously intricate world that is Taj Lake Palace. Anything is possible here. You have only to ask. That is if your Royal Butler has not already anticipated it.
Decide how to spend your day and it will be so Lounging on the rooftop deck or brunch in a private nook. Drift around Lake Pichola in a royal boat or share secrets in a cozy royal swing. Customized excursions, sunset cruises and activities such as yoga on the terrace can all be arranged.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, a five-star deluxe Living Palace and member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, is a resplendent palace, an island unto itself. See what supreme comforts wait.
Inside the Hotel
Memorable meals, rejuvenating spa experiences and guided strolls offer serene distractions from life outside of Taj Lake Palace.
The cultural show at Jhankar courtyard is followed by shadow dance. Treat your senses to this hour-long spectacle organized in the "Jhankar Courtyard”. You can add a royal touch to the entire experience by choosing from our internationally regarded wine collection, sampling acclaimed vintages from around the world.
According to Indian Astrology, your true self and personality are defined by the position of the planets at the time of your birth. Entertaining astrologer is rumored to be able to read one’s future in the stars, predict auspicious occasions and amaze guests with piercing insights.
It is a walk through a bygone era. It allows us to guide you through the palace, bringing you an insider’s perspective on this enduring symbol of elegance and romance. A glass of sparkling wine adds a royal touch to the experience.
In addition, to a one hour heritage walk of the Taj Lake Palace, guests can learn the ancient Rajasthani art of miniature painting and take cookery lessons.
If you do wish to connect to the world outside the Palace, you have only to ask. The Palace will offer Wi-Fi enabled laptops which can be used anywhere in the Palace. The Cyber butler will be at your disposal for any assistance you may require.
Chess and backgammon can be enjoyed in the common gathering areas or anywhere you like. Find a quiet nook that appeals you or head to the game room for an evening of pool.
Outside the Hotel
Known as the Venice of East, the city of Udaipur with its fairytale palaces, placid lakes, exotic temples and resplendent gardens has a lot to offer. Clefs d'or Concierge would be happy to assist you make the arrangements.
The heritage ceremonial imperial barge of the house of Mewar glides across the mystical Lake Pichola illuminated with candlelight and steered by oarsmen dressed in resplendent costumes. Sip your favorite cocktail & enjoy sumptuous delicacies from a live grill under a canopy of stars. This glides you gently along the lake as the lights of the palace cast shimmering reflections on the water and lend an aura of wondrous magic. Live instrumental music provides a fitting accompaniment to this unique and unparalleled experience. Dressed for the occasion, the barge awaits your engaging presence. If the boat looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen it in the James Bond classic "Octopussy," which was filmed on location at the hotel in 1983.
Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola during its most magical hour.
If you wish an exclusive cruise can be arranged for you
Jiva Spa Boat
Glide around the lake in the style of the Sovereign Royalty of the House of Mewar. In this case, the journey is the destination. Guests are cocooned in sumptuous comfort for a half or full day of divine royal ritual. Enjoy traditional Indian aromatherapy, signature body treatments and sensuous soak in a bath while watching the birds of the lake flit from here to there. Of course there is nourishment. Spa cuisine, fresh juices and champagne can be enjoyed resplendent sunrise by day or by starlight in the evening. A waving of the lights and fragrant floral blessings comprise a lovely parting ritual ends this memorable day on a lovely note. The Relaxation Boat offers tailor made experiences for different times of the day or change of seasons.
Vintage Car Drive
Vintage cars recreate the magic of a bygone era. The cars were symbols of the wealth and the position of the Royal family of Mewar. Feel like a king while you are taken on a special tour of the city of lakes. Enjoy some sparkling wine and unforgettable scenery during this one of a kind hour-long drive.
Elephant rides, camel rides, horseback riding and bird watching excursions can also be arranged.
For those wishing to for a more active outdoor experience of this desert state, Jeep safaris, mountain biking, trekking, and wildlife trekking experiences at the royal hunting lodge or Kumbalgarh Fort can be arranged as well as tours into the magnificent mountains that surround Rajasthan’s most picturesque city
The philosophy of Jiva Spa is rooted in India’s ancient approach to wellness. Jiva Spa embraces a deep understanding of mind, body and spirit; their individual needs and their interdependences.
The ethos of their carefully created treatments is drawn on the rich and ancient wellness heritage of India, the fabled lifestyle and culture of Indian Royalty and the healing therapies that embrace Indian spirituality. The spa experiences are offered by trained experts, using exclusive natural products in a fresh and harmonious setting. With Jiva Spa, you undertake the journey within, through an array of rejuvenating holistic treatments, meaningful rituals and ceremonies for a truly calming experience.
Choose from among their Signature Treatments, Indian Therapies, Indian Aromatherapy, Scrubs & Wraps and Beauty services. Two individual and one couple’s treatment room are available.