The Lake Palace, now converted into a premium heritage hotel in Udaipur, is a palace so enchantingly gorgeous and romantic in a starry night sort of way, that even James Bond couldn’t resist. The Palace was used in the James Bond film Octupussy, along with Shiv Niwas Palace and Monsoon Palace.
Out of the gleaming waters of Lake Pichola, rising abruptly like a fairy tale is the dome capped Lake Palace, looking majestically over the city. The palace is the architectural wonder that placed Udaipur on the map. It was constructed in 1754 as the royal summer residence of Maharaja Jagat Singh II at the Jagniwas Island in the lake.
The Lake Palace is like a mirage rising out steeply from the waters of Lake Pichola on it’s Jagnivas Island. The Lake Palace is a 5 star heritage hotel. The 1.5 hectare Palace Hotel, once the summer home of King Jagat Singh II, covers the Jagnivas Island from edge to edge.
Today, the palace is a brilliant copulation of Mughal architecture and top class modern luxury. Complete with shaded courtyards, mango trees and lotus ponds, the hotel is a one of its kind monument.
Apart from the Lake Palace, Udiapur has many wonderful sights and experiences that is sure to keep the backpacker thrilled. The scenic and ancient Aravali mountain range surrounds Udaipur like a winding fortress, a source of some military solace for its previous rules. With its mid city lakes is where romance prospers. For some unnamed reason, lovers discover some secret magic under the perpetually clear moonlit skies of Udaipur, as love makes itself heard in the still beauty of its shimmering lakes. Read more about the lakes of Udaipur here.
Enjoy this glimmering, flowing mirage, a blue speck on the otherwise arid, desert state of Rajasthan.