There are hotels and then there is the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Located in a green oasis in the Rajasthani desert, its considered one of the most beautiful cities in India. Surrounded by lakes and mountains its was worth my one extra day I had in India and I decided to stay at the Taj Lake palace Hotel.
Rajasthan has some of the best Palaces that are converted to hotels and the Lake Palace is one of them. So why visit a palace when you can live in for – for a night and get to see how Indian Royalty used to live.
First I my selfie at the Delhi Airport… I am very excited…
Thank goodness for AMEX lounges this one is at DEL airport. I never leave home with out it…
After a short flight, I am greeted by members of the hotel team for a private transport to the hotel. A nice ride… with drinks and refreshing towels.
After passing the city center, the car enters the palace gardens… A totally different world from the busy city.
My car stops at the dock parking lot.
Its a nice glass pavilion where guests prepare to take the boat to the hotel.
The boat dock has a nice set up, but the sun is too strong so I stay in the pavilion to be in the shade.
You can see the white palace in the middle of lake.
I forgot to take a picture of the hotel’s boat, it was fancy with an embroidered tent roof. On the way to the hotel, the boat passes the City Palace.
Then the first close up of the hotel, its beautiful. Also the lake is at a good level, there are times when it get dry and the water level is lower. The water at this time of year seemed to be clear.
We arrive and the royal treatment starts. The royal parasol grreets guests as they get off the boat.
The the hotel team throws rose pedals from the roof. Not just a few, but it rains flowers…
Inside the lobby, guests are given a traditional greeting, and a welcome drink as you sit and start the checkin process.
As the other guest leave, you really begin to feel the relaxing nature of the hotel.
The view of the entrance as I wait to checkin. I used AMEX Platinum Fine Hotel and Resorts program to book a room. The benefits come with some complimentary restaurant selections and they also upgraded me to a very nice room.
They I was offered a tour of the hotel, so I knew what my options are and where everything is.
The interiors are made for relaxing.
The palace has a number of courtyards, this one has lounges and food and beverage services.
The bar and lounge.
The garden court…
Hallways around the garden.
The hotel swimming pool, it was heated to just the right temperature.
Then I was shown my room. The room had hand painted walls, marble bathroom and floors. It was not the largest room, but it was just right. My room was on the 3rd floor, I don’t think it was one of the more grand traditional original palace rooms but a remodeled one.
Old school Marble bathroom.
The shower had lots of levers, they actually show you how to use it.
The small details count, look at the small flower in the cup…
Marble Inlay work in the bathroom amenities.
Back in the room, some lux details.
The desk and chair had extensive intricate designs.
And my lake view… The city is really pleasing to the eye.
Welcome items on the seating area.
I noticed the marble work in the room.
My room door.
The high light of my room is that I had a private terrace with seating over looking the lake for myself.
I start exploring my hotel on my own, there are other public terraces throughout the hotel that enjoy unique views of the hotel, lake and or the city itself.
I walk by the lounge area, and notice the artwork on the walls.
I walk over to one of the other courtyards that is another garden, but filled with trees.
There is lots of shade and small fountains, the shade and the sound of running water is really relaxing.
There are seats and tables around the courtyard.
I walk back around to the entrance, you can see the City Palace on the lake shores.
The main entrance of the hotel.
Then I went to the 2nd floor to see what other secrets the palace is hiding.
There are many pavilions around the hotel that offer great views.
Another view of the formal garden from the 2nd floor.
Some more art work, marble inlay and gold wood work.
Back at the courtyard next to the main entrance, there is another small fountain.
The lounge next to the courtyard has some history, it is where the Maharana – the rulers of Udaipur used to hold court. the more private room section in the lounge used to be for the royal family.
This section was for only the Maharana and the seat in the far back was for the mother of the Maharana.
A wider view.
This would be the view which the Maharana and family saw the court.
The seat of the mother of the Maharana, the screen in the back is one slab of marble that has been carved and illuminated by sunlight.
Taking a evening boat tour of the lake.
View of the City Palace.
View of the hotel.
The tour stops buy another island garden that was for the rulers and their family.
Back to the hotel…
Then back to the courtyard for some evening entertainment.
The sun sets and the hotel begins to glow…
The garden lights up.
The more formal restaurants open.
I head out to one of the terraces to enjoy the last rays of the sun before I get dressed for dinner.
As I stated, the hotel begins to glow and the city lights up.
The other halls of the palace all light up…
Another night view from my terrance.
On my way to dinner, its too dark in this picture but its beautiful.
I selected to have dinner at the Rajasthani restaurant. Its lux in every way. The plate setting is from Versace.
I get a view of the formal gardens.
As I said, I got dressed for dinner, there is a dress code for some restaurants.
I am in India, so I am drinking Indian wine.
The meal begins, I have lamb… It was good, I eat it all…
I finish my wine… this is not my first glass.
Some sweets, its filled with honey.
I am so full I walk around to digest.
I go back to the lounge for a glass of wine… again Indian wine.
Some more sweets.
The moon above and the view of the city…
Heading back to my room..
The hotel layout.
I get up super early for breakfast. I have the world’s best Eggs Benedict. They were perfect in every way, I forgot to take a picture, but it was just so good…
They have a good buffet setup also.
I notice that the hall is very ornate.
Then a selfie.
As I finished breakfast, I went up to the upper terrace to enjoy the sunrise.
And behind me the Moon…
Then I turn around to enjoy the sunrise again.
On my way down… Its bright now…
I head for an early morning swim.
The rising sun reflects on the glass mosaic work.
The very small gym… I did not use the gym.
The pool is picture perfect.
The early sun shines…
The water is warm….
There are two pavilions that hold hot tubs…
I go for a dip…
More views from the hotel pool.
back to my room to gather my things and check out…
The hotel lights up scents around the hotel… its nice touch.
I stop by the lounge for one more drink…
Then one more cup of coffee before I check out. Taking my time before I leave.
My parasol, how am I going to walk in the sun now???
The hotel says their good bye…
My last views of the hotel…
My private boat back to the city…
Same car back to the airport.
Now to live like a Maharana… this is what its like…