Udaipur is a city built around shimmering water lakes that reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges. It has a romantic vibe quite different from the other busy cities in Rajasthan.
What better way to experience the lavish lifestyle of the Indian royalty back in the days than by staying in a palace? The Taj Lake Palace Hotel was originally built in 1746, and was transformed into a hotel in 1963. It's luxury at its best, that the James Bond 'Octopussy' was filmed here.
Built with big blocks of marble in the middle of the lake, The Taj Lake Palace is a destination in itself. You can see the City Palace in its full glory. When the palace lights up at night, the view is just spectacular. You can always admire the palace while relaxing by the pool. Sit by the bar at sunset and sip one of the signature cocktails and watch the sun cast that orange glow on the white city palace.
Make sure to stay in one of the original suites. It's very spacious, has its dining room, sitting room, and a changing room with a view of the lake from every window.
What sets the Taj apart is their top notched service. Everything was perfection. Almost every staff addressed me by my name, and they even remembered the smallest detail – like drink preference, food allergy, etc.
It was a royal vacation I will never forget.
By Pde Tse