The spirit of Taj Lake Palace
Accommodations and hospitality at Taj Lake Palace, a leading boutique hotel, are as delightful as its glorious exterior. Every one of its modern, romantic rooms holds a story and among the most compelling is The Chandra Prakash Suite, which translates as ‘Lustre of the Moon’. The decorative gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns and fine fretwork screens impressed even the Maharaja, who held court in this very room in the 1930s. Dining is equally spectacular – the Pontoon restaurant arranges for private meals on a floating platform, while Gangaur offers dining on small boats as meals are prepared in the floating open kitchen.
The Taj Lake Palace is ideally located in the middle of Lake Pichola, a dream of white marble and mosaic glistening in the moonlight, reminiscent of the architecture and allure of a time long ago. Conceived in romance, the palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, the 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar, believed to be descendants of the Sun God. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side of the lake and the lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace spreads across a four-acre (two hectare) island, an almost surreal vision in pearlescent marble.
What we love about Taj Lake Palace
- Ask your butler about the history of the hotel – they’re sure to know, as the descendants of the earliest royal butlers still serve here today!
- Join the hotel’s historian on a heritage walk around the palace and listen to rich stories of the kings and princes who used this as their pleasure palace.
- Chose to dine aboard the Gangaur, a 150-year-old boat used the maharanas, or rulers, of old.