As mist lifts from the quiet water, the white walls and domes of the Taj hotel rise from the middle of 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.
Originally built as a pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II from the royal dynasty of Mewar, the Taj Lake 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 the taste of 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 authentic dancing performance on one of the evenings.
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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 cozy courtyards.
The rooms also preserve the authenticity of the original chambers. Each 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 favorite kind of decor, but if it ever looked good it would be at the Taj Lake Palace. The quaint charms of an old-style class and romance are precisely the point here.
City hotels, Classic luxury, Colonial style, Culture & heritage, Grand luxury, Local flavor, Luxury hotels, Quiet location, Relaxing vacation, Romantic, Sightseeing,
Number of rooms & suites: 81
Rate per night: From $240 USD
*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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