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The Floating Palace of the East - The Lake Palace

The Floating Palace of the East - The Lake Palace

Let’s talk about a palace, which is an epitome of luxury and symbol of romance from the 18th century in a city called Udaipur in India.

Udaipur, also known as City of Lakes or Venice of the East, is located 690 Kms (south west) from New Delhi. It is the historic capital city of kingdom of Mewar, one of the princely states in India which still has royal family.

We are not talking about Udaipur here but this time it is about the magnificent floating palace, popularly known as Lake Palace which covers an entire island in the middle of Lake Pichola.

The palace, originally known as, Jag Niwas, named after Maharaj Jagat Singh JI II, who built it between 1743 - 1746 as a place to worship Sun God and later as summer resort for the royal family. The palace was extended from time to time by ruler of Mewar.

The palace was taken over for management by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in 1971. It is not one of the finest, luxuries and romantic heritage hotels of the world. It is voted as the best heritage hotel of India or many years.

Interesting facts:

-          Spread across natural foundation of 16,000 m2.

-          It has 17 suits and 66 luxury rooms.

-          The upper room of the palace is a perfect circle and is about 21 feet (6.4 m) in diameter.

-          The "Royal Butlers" working in the hotel are descendants of the original palace retainers

-          Personalities like Queen Elizabeth, Lord Curzon, Shah of Iran and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy has been guests of the hotel

-          It has featured as palace in James Bond’s Octopussy, Fritz Lang’s The Tiger of Eschanpur and The Indian Tomb.

It’s a must visit and should be part of bucket list of everyone who is in Love with someone special or in Love with history, culture and luxury.

Picture of few of the suits and common areas are part of the blog for your delight.

@Pictures and facts are courtesy Taj Hotels official website, Wikipedia , yahoo maps and spider.alicecode.com

Posted by Anjali Sharma

Anjali is the co-founder and director of Gauri Arts AS. Whenever she writes, she writes with passion.

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