As mist lifts from the quiet water, the white walls and domes of the Taj hotel rise from the middle of the Lake Pichola as if they were part of a fleeting dream. It could just as well be a dream—but the Taj Lake Palace is real. And it really is a palace.
From time to time we get the chance to visit and stay at a beautiful heritage hotel, but rarely we see a property that embraces its history and authenticity as sincerely as the Taj Lake Palace. After all, it was built as a pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II from the royal dynasty of Mewar.
Today the Palace carries on as a luxury hotel, offering a somewhat wider clientele a taste of the experiences and luxuries once enjoyed only by film stars, dignitaries and royalty.
We checked-in for a couple of nights only—but it was enough to get into the spirit of the place, and its atmosphere of the bygone era luxury.
Our stay began with a romantic ride on a little wooden boat (the only way to reach the hotel), followed by a welcome choreographed to include showering us both with rose petals. This went a long way in creating the atmosphere of the classic Rajasthan lavishness—and was only enhanced later by a vintage car ride, private candlelit dinner, and an authentic dancing performance in one of the evenings.
The experience of a heritage property such as the Lake Palace often depends on the quality of architecture and interiors. Taj checks all the boxes here, enchanting its guests with bright domes and cosy courtyards—as well as with the rooms, where preserving the authenticity of original chambers goes an extra mile.
Each room is unique in layout and in furnishings. The interior design sticks to the traditional template, where fine silks and traditional patterns abound. It’s not exactly what we’d pick as our favourite kind of decor, but if it ever looked good it is at the Taj Lake Palace. This hotel charms with a romance of an old-style class—and the service that befits Maharaja.
City, Classic, Colonial, Culture, Grand, Local Flavour, Luxury, Quiet, Relaxing, Romance, Sightseeing, Something Different,
Number of rooms & suites: 81
Rate per night: From ₹15,300 (approx. $240)
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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