Lake Palace - Palace in middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Lake Palace also known as taj lake palace is top tourist attraction and top luxury hotel in udaipur located on the island in lake pichhola.
If you are going to visit Udaipur or also known as ‘City of Lakes’, the Lake Palace is worth a trip. The Lake Palace is located on the Island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
It used to be a summer palace for the Royal dynasty of Mewar. Currently it is turned into a hotel and it is one among the most luxurious hotels of India.
It provides a very delightful and charming view for the visitors and it is a very lovely place to spend your holidays. The Lake Palace is indeed a very splendid place but the lake that surrounds it is also very impressive and it is a very important element of its beauty.
A lot of things are there to experience during your visit to the Lake Palace. For some of you, spending time on an island in the lake will be awesome and for other adventurous fellas, the boating in the lake.
History of Lake Palace
The construction of this beautiful Palace was started in 1743 and it was completed in the year 1746. It was constructed as a summer palace under the direction of Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Initially, the Lake Palace was called Jagniwas or Jag Niwas and this name was kept after Maharana Jagat Singh, who was the founder of it. But later on, it was renowned by the name “Lake Palace”.
The successive rulers of Udaipur used this as a Summer Palace for them. It also has an interesting story of 1857 Indian Sepoy Mutiny.
During the rebellion, a lot of European families ran away from Nimach and used the Island as a shelter, which is offered by Maharana Swaroop Singh to them.
Maharana destroyed all the town’s boat so that no rebel could reach the island and his guests remain protected. Later on, Bhagwat Singh changed the Jagat Niwas Palace into the first luxury hotel of Udaipur.
An American artist named Didi Contractor became the design consultant to this hotel project and she worked from 1961 to 1969 on this. In the year 1971, the management of Lake Palace came under Taj Hotels Resort & Palaces.
Construction of Lake Palace
As we have read already it was built between 1743 to 1746. The architecture of this magnificent building is so attractive that it will certainly please you.
It is made of white and black marbles and it has an arrangement of courtyard that are lined up with various terraces, columns, well structured gardens and charming fountains.
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Floor of the Lake Palace is embedded with black and white marbles and the walls of the Palace is ornamented by using coloured stones having arabesques form of artistic decoration on them and what to say for the dome, it is perfectly attractive as the way it is.
The room which is present on the upper portion of the palace is a perfect circle, having a diameter of around 21 feet (6.4 m).
There are several rooms in the Lake Palace and all of them are known by different names like, Dhola Mahal, Khush Mahal, Bada Mahal, Phool Mahal and Ajjan Niwas, and they enhance the beauty of this elegant place.
Various Rajasthani handmade paintings, lotus petals, glass artwork and many different types of things are used to cover the walls.
The architecture of the Lake Palace is done in such a manner that you hardly can find or see anywhere else.
Achievements and Awards of Lake palace
Lake Palace has achieved a lot of awards and achievements throughout the years. The awards acquired by Lake Palace are as follows: -
1 Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur was ranked 3rd in the ‘The Best Hotels in the World’ category, Condé Nast Traveler Reafers’ Choice Awards 2019.
2 It was awarded as the Best Hotel in Asia and also got featured in the Sixth Annual Gold List by Condé Nast Traveller UK in 2010.
3 It was mentioned in the Top 10 India Palace list by The Luxury Traveler Bible in 2010.
It was also featured in Top 10 Hotels for Service list and the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in India list at TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards USA in 2010.
4 The Taj Lake Palace acquired third place in the top 10 Hotels in India list at the Condé Nast Traveler USA Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012.
5 It was also listed in the Top 500 Best Hotels in the World listed by Travel + Leisure in 2012.
6 It also got featured in the Platinum Circle (a list of hotels that have made it to the Gold List for five consecutive years) by the Condé Nast Traveler USA in 2013.
7 The National Tourism Award in the Five Star Deluxe Category by the Ministry of Tourism India is also acquired by Taj Lake Palace.
8 It was mentioned in the Gold List and the Platinum Circle by Condé Nast Traveler USA in 2014.
9 Taj Lake Palace received the award as The Best Luxury Hotel in India at the Lonely Planet Magazine Awards in 2015.
10 It was voted the fourth Best Hotel in India at the Travellers Choice Awards in 2015.
11 It was ranked 25th among the top 100 Hotels of world by Travel and Leisure in 2018.
12 It was ranked 10th among the top 10 Resort Hotels in Asia by Travel and Leisure in 2018.
13 It was ranked fourth among the top 5 Resort Hotels in India by Travel and Leisure in 2018.
14 It was ranked 38th among the World’s top 100 by Condé Nast Traveler UK Readers’ Travel Award in 2018.
And with these, there are many more awards which were attained by The Lake Palace. Some for its historical background and some for being a very beautiful and luxury Resort Hotel.
For the conclusion, I just want to say that the Lake Palace is a very beautiful place to visit and if you are planning a tour to Udaipur, then you must add Lake Palace in the list.
You must visit Lake palace and adore the beauty of it and the surroundings (water and Aravalli Hills) and one can also enjoy boating there. It is a very romantic place and the architecture of it is something you won’t be able to see anywhere else.
Rachit Sharma (BA English Honours, Second Year, University of Rajasthan)
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