Udaipur is a favourite city in Rajasthan, also known as the City of Lakes and one of the most romantic cities in India, where you're embraced by a sense of magic.
From the moment you are greeted at the airport or dock, step into a world where needs are met before desire has even been realised.
Set against the majestic Aravalli Hills on one side, the Taj Lake Palace is an architectural marvel built in 1746, a place of sunny courtyards, pillared enclosures and lily-filled ponds.
Guests are greeted with a rose petals shower, traditional welcome and refreshments and then introduced to the marvellously intricate world. Anything is possible here. You have only to ask.
All visitors are treated like the Maharana’s guests of honour. Let your royal butler ensure that you are woken up with your favourite brew and newspaper. Or let him advise you on your itinerary and perhaps accompany you, to a historical monument or something equally exotic, armed with necessities such as caviar, pâté and a bottle of pommery.
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. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of enchantment. This is the Taj Lake Palace.
Every one of its romantic rooms holds a story, and there are countless unique experiences to be had. Sail into a purple sunset on a 150-year old Gangaur complete with candlelight and resplendently dressed oarsmen. Indulge in a heritage walk with an escort followed by a glass of sparkling wine at the bar. Soak in the sounds and sights of the city as your royal butler accompanies you on a shopping trip.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is a five-star deluxe resplendent paradise and an island unto itself.
Decide how to spend your day. 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. Customised excursions can all be arranged.
Gangaur Cruise (on the very boat used by James Bond in Octopussy)
Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola
Jiva Spa Boat – a floating eden of body treatments
Vintage car drive
Choose to dine in one of the hotel's fine restaurants, with ornate cutlery and hand-blown glassware. A personal butler is at your service throughout. Be catered to as much or as little as is comfortable.
Chef will create special wine appreciation menus, degustation menus, theme menus, and traditional Rajasthani meals served on gold-plated thalis.
Once your arrangements are made, guests will receive personalised, engraved menus that can be presented on innovative materials such as wood, marble, glass and hand made paper.
The Taj Lake Palace can be included as part of a tailor-made tour created in partnership with our good friend Nikhil at W&O, who has also chartered his most recent journey for our blog.