Oasis on the sandy landscape and luxury in desert are the attributes of the Taj Lake Palace situated in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. It is very well named so as it is nestled right in the mid of the freshwater Lake Pichola. Flanked by the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side and the city palace on the other, this heritage of Taj expands on the natural foundation on the lake waters. Erected during the 18th century, this resort is geographically located on the Jag Niwas Island.
The Taj Lake Palace is a lush white adorable treat of marble and mosaics whose glow in the night by the full moon surely makes one remember of the marvelous Taj Mahal. This is the feedback of most of the first time travelers who have stayed here. Nevertheless, the palace resort has already grabbed the honor of the dreamiest hotel of the country. And it certainly deserves that as this now Taj property was once the imperial address of the Maharana Jagat Singh II – the Mewar ruler whose ancestors are very closely related to the Sun God. The most unique aspect of this Taj asset is the fact that you are treated as if you are a king and so there is somebody who will personally look for your comforts. This is your personal royal butler who is one of the descendants of the historic butlers. And yes, one more exciting feature is that you reach here via a boat from the jetty.
Taj Lake Palace Hotel
In this two-level palace, 83 guest rooms are present with the fireplaces as well as balconies that soak you in its garden or lake vista. No matter which you choose, each room has pay movies, TV, satellite channels, desk, sofa bed, direct-dial phone, voice mail, multi-line phones, fan, AC, curtain, climate control, wireless Internet access, mini bar, complimentary newspaper as well as bottled water, slipper, refrigerator, separate sitting area, safe, bathrobes, bidet, bathroom phone, designer toiletries, shower/tub combination, bathroom scale, extra towels/bedding, mirrors, sewing kit, welcome amenities, handheld showerhead, in-room childcare (surcharge), cribs, iron/ironing board, trouser press, housekeeping, turndown service at night, and wake-up call.
• Coffee in lobby • Fireplace in lobby • 24-hour front desk • Concierge desk • Ballroom(s) • Parking (free) • Parking (secure) • Valet parking • Limo or Town Car service • Airport transportation (surcharge) • Complimentary newspapers in lobby • Event catering • Banquet facilities • Cell phone/mobile/computer rental • Currency exchange • Business center • Business services • Audio-visual equipment • Internet access in public areas – surcharge • Internet access – wireless • Multiple small meeting rooms • Multilingual staff • Multiple conference/meeting rooms • Laundry facilities • Dry cleaning/laundry service • Technology helpdesk • Tour assistance • Express check-in and check-out • Lounge • Restaurant(s) in hotel • Coffee shop or café • Floor butler • Room service (24 hours) • Babysitting or child care • Gift shops • Medical aid • Shoe shine • Umbrella • Porter/bellhop • Doorman/doorwoman • Security guard
• Swimming pool – outdoor • Arcade/game room • Picnic area • Full-service health spa with treatment room, steam room, and sauna • Beauty services • Hair salon • Spa tub • Patio • Video library • Fitness facilities • Yoga classes/instruction • Boat launch • Bird watching • Bicycle rentals • Hiking/biking trails • Horse riding/rental • Running track/path
At the Taj Lake Palace, you can expect all dining types: relaxed, formal, and casual all engulfing a myriad of appetizing menus as well as cool beverages. And yes, there are many options too. In the open-air restaurant on the rooftop, which is known as Bhairo, you can enjoy the lake’s vistas as well as the views of the lit palace. Here, you get the modern European menu that is adorned by the special flavors as decided by the chefs. The dress code is formal. For an informal live through, get into the Jharokha that is very close to the lake. Besides enjoying the palace and lake vistas that are possible from the frames, you savor the modern international items here. The local as well as other national delicacies are served at Neel Kamal that looks over the pond and boasts imperial banquet hall style décor in form of crystals and rich upholstery.
And lastly, a memorable dining experience anywhere is ensured by the Royal Butlers – choose among your suite, ground sitting (the Indian way), by the Lily Pond, on the Mewar terrace, and on the lake.