Lake Palace, Udaipur
Where is the Lake Palace?
The Lake Palace is located in the city of Udaipur in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies on the Jag Niwas Island, covering 1.5 hectares of it, in the middle of the Pichola Lake.
How will you gain access?
Dabok Airport, lying at a distance of 21 km from Udaipur, is the closest airport. The airport operates regular domestic flights to all the major destinations of India. By rail-route, Udaipur has good links with places like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Chittorgarh. The celebrated luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’ covers the place as well. The Rajasthan Roadways plies regular buses connecting Udaipur to Jaipur, Delhi,(670 km) Ahmedabad (262 km), etc. By bus, It takes about 8-9 hours to reach Udaipur from Jaipur, the capital city of the state.
Is the palace a Heritage hotel now?
Once the summer resort of the Rajput rulers, the Lake Palace was converted into a hotel by Maharana Bhagawat Singh in the 1960s. With courtyards, fountains, restaurants, and even a swimming pool, the Lake Palace is the ultimate in luxury hotels.
What are the timings and the entry charges?
Casual visitors are discouraged as the Lake Palace is now a Heritage hotel. Non-guests can only come over for lunch or dinner. And that too if the hotel is not full, which it often is.
What does the past say?
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1754, the Lake Palace is counted among the most beautiful palaces in the world. It was erected as a royal summer palace. The palace is today converted into a five-star hotel.
What goes behind the architecture?
Lake Palace seems to be magic. Its location in the middle of the Pichola Lake is a phenomenal sight for the onlookers. One can easily observe the extraordinary taste of intricate craftsmanship. Ethnic themes using the textiles and the handicrafts enhance the beauty all the more. Maharana Jagat Singh had friendly relations with Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He encouraged Shah Jahan’s craftsmen to copy some of the glories of the later’s magnificent buildings at Agra. The successive Rajput rulers found a fantastic summer resort in the palace, with the regal Darbars being held in the courtyards. The courtyards are impressively lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains, and gardens, all adding to the charm much. Each of the rooms is exquisitely decorated with cusped arches, inlaid stones in pink, green lotus leaves, and painted mirrors. There are engaging apartments like the Bada Mahal, the Khush Mahal, the Ajjan Niwas, the Phool Mahal, and the Dhola Mahal.
What are the nearby attractions?
City Palace & Museums
The City Palace is the largest palace complex in the state of Rajasthan. The construction of the palace was begun by MaharanaUdai Singh II. The main part of the palace is now a museum, exhibiting a rich collection of interesting artifacts.
Jagdish temple is located to the north of the entrance to the City Palace. This fabulous Indo-Aryan temple was erected by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. It enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu.
The Fateh Sagar Lake lies to the north of Lake Pichola. As night falls, love-struck local youth can be seen all around. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park, a popular garden island.
Arsi Vilas or Sunset Point
Arsi Vilas is a small island lying behind Jagniwas. It was built by a former Maharana of Udaipur with a view to watching the sunset. For this obvious reason, it is also known as Sunset Point.