With its reflection shimmering resplendently in the surrounding water, the Taj Lake Palace is an iconic fairytale fortress that seems to float effortlessly on Lake Pichola. Originally built as a pleasure palace for a young 18th-century prince, and patronised by numerous dignitaries and celebrities over the years, the hotel radiates captivating character and lavish history from every corner. Each suite is an individual blend of elegant Rajasthani motifs, lush embellishments and classic old-world charm. There’s an almost magical sense of being on a ship, as the lake’s waters lap gently against the walls below your window.
Take a peaceful moment on a sheltered balcony to breathe in the Lake Pichola air, or sit and soak in a luxurious bath with unbeatable views. Dine in the atmospheric restaurant or on the contemporary rooftop terrace (both reserved exclusively for hotel guests) and finish your meal in style with a drink or two in the elegant bar. The Taj Lake Palace exudes intimacy as you float towards it by boat - the only way to arrive. It’s known as the Venice of India for a reason…
Perched in the middle of Lake Pichola lies the Taj Lake Palace, accessible only by boat. Located just 20 minutes from the centre of Udaipur and around an hour from Maharana Pratap airport, it’s a convenient slice of regal splendour.
Exclusive butler service
Pool with designated kids’ time
Udaipur comes alive at night, all lit up and just spectacular to see from the middle of a lake - another extraordinary experience ticked off the bucket list!
Discover what to expect from staying at Taj Lake Palace
During any travels, it's easy to find yourself mentally ticking off a pre-supposed list of things to see and do, as opposed to living in the moment. The great thing about Taj Lake Palace is that its isolated location is integral to, and enhances, your enjoyment of your stay; waking up in the middle of a lake is an experience in itself! This unusual exclusivity comes with a steeper price tag, for sure, but we think it’s worth it. Combining a history lesson with a chance to relax, indulge, try something different, and dip your toes into Rajasthan’s romantic legends, it’s easy to see why this is such a desirable choice.
A honeymoon in such an iconic, sought after hotel, floating beautifully in the centre of a lake, is certainly one we wouldn’t forget! Romance infuses every corner of the hotel. Dine together on the rooftop with the lights of Udaipur providing a fitting backdrop; set sail on the placid waters of Lake Pichola for an exclusive spa boat experience; and enjoy every aspect of relaxation and pampering on offer. You might need to loosen the purse strings a touch - but wow, it’s worth it.
During the day, the inner courtyard is a calm retreat. Lay back on a lounger by the open air pool in the shade of domed pavilions, and wander between landscaped flower beds in the footsteps of aristocracy. Unwind with blissful treatments at the spa, venture onto the lake by boat, and watch the waters turn copper and gold at sunset. Head off on a heritage walk to learn more about the history and glamour that surrounds you, before getting romantic in a private dinner setting or chartering a Bond-esque trip on a vintage boat.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.