The Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Lake Palace Hotel is out of a dream covering an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Perhaps you’ve watched the old James Bond film, Octopussy, filmed at the Lake Palace Hotel and will recognize some of my photos. The getting there is half the fun. All guests arrive via water transport that is special from the get-go. Guests go through a dedicated, ornamental gate that leads to the Lake Palace boat pier. Motor out on peaceful Pichola Lake with views of the Lake Palace Hotel floating serenely before you. …View image . Gently deposited at the entrance, we were greeted with garlands of flowers and a tikka/bindi put on my forehead while we waited to check-in.

FYI: I didn’t have the foggiest idea exactly what a tikka/bindi meant (my thinking was Chicken Tikka, one of our favorite Indian dishes – WRONG) and have since found out. Many believe it is suppose to be representative of the mystic third eye and become the central point of the base of creation. Well…all-righty now.

Day 11 entrance for boat to lake palace.jpg
entrance to the pier for Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur
Day 11 lake palace floating in lake.jpg
gorgeous Lake Palace Hotel floating on Pichola Lake, Udaipur


The Lake Palace was originally built as a royal summer palace in 1743-1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar and believed to be descendants of the Sun God. Naturally… Made of marble, it is a very luxurious 5***** hotel operating under the “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces” banner. If you really want to know the cost of one night, click on the link above. I am so glad all the Palace Hotels were included in the Rajasthani tour. Our usual hotels are of a much lower standard. For example, we just returned from a Colorado graduation and stayed at a Super 8 Motel. Really! Don’t laugh. Their wonderful breakfast pastries made up for spartan accommodation and you get what you pay for…

Day 11 inside lake palace.jpg
Lake Palace Hotel reception area, Udaipur
Day 11 sheila at lake palace.jpg
Sheila garlanded and bindi-marked with her “3rd eye) at the Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur


On a vain note, it appears that Travels With Sheila had a very bad hair trip throughout Rajasthan. Did I really think it looked good? Oh me… The Lake Palace Hotel has many restaurants (that we could barely afford), business center, spa and wellness center, outdoor pool, boat tours, sightseeing, the usual astrologer, camel and elephant rides. On that note…let’s look at the suites while depleting the bank account…
Fly with Air France to over 180 destinations.

Save up to 40% on Last Minute Flights with Hotwire Limited Rates!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *