Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Founded By: Maharana Jagat Singh
Founded In: 1743
Status: Converted into a Five-Star Hotel
One of the most beautiful palaces of Rajasthan is the Lake Palace,
which lies in the city of Udaipur. Built on an island in the middle of
the picturesque Lake Pichola, the palace covers an area of approximately
1.5 hectares. The scenic locales, pictorial setting and serene environs
of the Lake Palace make it look like a palace straight out of a fairy
tale. It was built under the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh and dates
back to the year 1743. The palace was built to serve as the summer
residence of the royals.
The decorations adorning the Lake Palace speak volumes about the
excellence craftsmanship of the artisans of that time. Further enhancing
the beauty of the palace are the exquisite textiles and handicrafts that
have been used throughout to create an ethnic look. Lake palace has now
been converted into a five star hotel. The moment tourists enter the
premises of the palace; they are greeted with the soothing murmur of the
rippling waves of Lake Pichola. Almost all the rooms in the palace
provide mesmerizing views of the lake.
As you look from outside, Lake Palace comes across as a fantasy in
white marble, arising out of the aqua waters of Lake Pichola. A massive
rock of 4 acres serves as the foundation of the palace. It was initially
known as the Jag Niwas, after its founder Maharana Jagjit Singh. If you
have visited Agra, the City of Taj, you will find that some of the
ornamentations of the Lake Palace are similar to the buildings at Agra.
This is because Shah Jahan was quite friendly with Jagjit Singh and let
him copy the embellishments from Agra buildings.
The courtyards of Lake Palace have been lined with columns, pillared
terraces, fountains and gardens. The rooms stand adorned with cusped
arches, inland stones of pink and green painted mirrors. The main
apartments inside the palace include Badal Mahal, Kush Mahal, Ajjan
Niwas, Phool Mahal and Dhola Mahal. The accommodation at the Lake Palace
Hotel comprises of 83 rooms, including 17 suites and 53 deluxe rooms.
The facilities provided include swimming pool, restaurant, conference
hall, souvenir shops, coffee shop, bar, etc.