TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR: SOPHISTICATED TRAVELLER

 

Room I fell in love with The Grand Royal Suite, on the corner of the first floor of the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur’s famous floating hotel on Lake Pichola. Ground floor rooms, set at water level, arguably have the best views, but we were very happy here.

My husband and I stayed for two nights in 2013, the year we lived in India. It was our two-year wedding anniversary, so we decided to splurge. We booked the hotel’s cheapest room but shrewdly mentioned our special occasion, and were upgraded to this suite on arrival.

 

View & vibe The Lake Palace was built in 1743 as a summer resort during the Mewar dynasty, and the royal treatment continues today in the expert hands of the Taj group, which took over in 1971. There were so many special moments: as we lounged poolside, staff brought over cucumber slices to refresh our eyes; before dinner, bejewelled Rajasthani musicians and dancers performed as we drank chai martinis.

Inside our suite – with its glass chandelier, gilded flourishes and rich silk upholstery – we soaked in the tub overlooking the lake and the surrounding mountains, palaces and havelis (mansions), emerging only to call our butler for a bottle of Bollinger. When our stay ended, we were showered with rose petals by staff as the Taj boat transferred us back to their dock.

 

Who would it appeal to? She is not afraid of wearing an exotic Rajasthani skirt to dinner; he loves a brocade silk jacket to match the black Amex in his pocket. Neither is prone to seasickness and both are old enough to have at least been born when Octopussywas released, given the palace was a key location for the 1983 Bond film.

 

Room rate The Grand Royal Suite starts at 92,000 rupee ($1878) a night.

 

THIS STORY FIRST APPEARED IN PRINT AND ONLINE HERE

 

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