The city of Udaipur is synonymous with royalty, so much so that I feel even the air has whiffs of royalty. The beautiful city of lakes is home to numerous tourists all around the world who are awe-struck by its beautiful palaces and lakes. My trip to Udaipur, albeit a short one, was a memorable one. I had the opportunity to stay in two of the most luxurious resorts there- The Taj Lake Palace and The Leela Palace.
Through this blog, I am going to share my experiences staying at The Taj Palace.
The Taj Lake Palace is one of the most exotic hotels I have ever been to. The Palace is situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake and offers a heavenly view to the guests with the Aravalli hills on one side and the opulent Palaces on the other. The Lake Palace was built by Maharana Jai Singh II in pure white marble. Originally, The lake palace was a summer resort for the royalty of Udaipur but few years back it was converted into a hotel managed by the Taj Group of hotels.
The lake palace is a luxurious hotel with modern conveniences in a traditional setting. The royal indian architecture of the lake palace is indeed splendid. There are amenities like- swimming pool, gym, a fantastic spa, yoga, meditation session, the sunset cruise, a heritage walk, folk dance and live Rajasthani music.
There are 83 rooms and each room is designed with a certain uniqueness inspired from the rich Mewar culture and architecture. The most fascinating fact I got to know is that there is a special room for physically disabled guests with low sink, bed and support panels in room. We enjoyed the amazing facilities provided by the hotel.
I had requested the Manager for a private tour of the property and he was more than happy to oblige. We started off by exploring different categories of rooms from the lowest priced to the most expensive and luxurious suites. The manager also elaborated the three main area of the inner working of a hotel which are- housekeeping, front desk and food and beverage. The head manager of each area explained how they work and I also visited each department of the hotel- From the kitchen of the Indian restaurant to the housekeeping department, I got to see them all. The cherry on the cake was when I got to learn how to make lemon soda and a cinnamon pineapple mocktail. I also learnt a fascinating fact about the hotel; one of the restaurants was named JAROKHA meaning arches. This restaurant has more than 80 arches that’s why it is called Jarokha. This information session and shadowing the manager experience is the highlight of my stay at the Taj.
In addition to the amazing fascilities, the hotel had amazing restaurants- Jharokha a 24/7 multi cuisine restaurant and my favourite would be the fine dining indian cuisine restaurant called NEEL KAMAL which offered mouth watering food and excellent service. The signature dishes were the palak paneer and traditional Rajasthani sangari ki sabzi, two must try dishes for everyone visiting the land of history.
The one thing I would remember this hotel for, has to be the hospitality which is beyond excellence. The staff in particular are friendly, approachable and will fulfill any request of yours with a smile. If you’re looking for a beautiful stay with rich architecture and majestic interiors along with excellent hospitality, then I would highly recommend you to stay at The Taj Lake Palace.