Nestled in the middle of the Rajasthan’ dry desert, this City of Lakes has famously been called the Venice of the East. Situated a mere 150 miles away from Jaipur in the North of India. It is a city that boasts five major lakes, opulent palaces, and a rich culture just waiting to be discovered. Known as the romantic playground of Indian royalty, it’s a must do on any luxury traveler’s bucket list.
There are several dining options in this romantic city although most of the fine cuisine will be found in the upscale hotels. The most indulgent meal I had is definitely at the most extravagant hotel; Lake Palace Hotel.. A collection of a few different restaurants that will satisfy any craving, the cuisine is pricey but with a view to die for, it is definitely worth the money. Note any hotel guests are permitted to dine, so save your pennies and indulge in a stay of a lifetime!
A perfect destination for a romantic getaway there are several activities to entertain both partners. The Palace Udaipur’s Vintage & Classic Car Collection’s the pinnacle of every car lovers dream. With a collection of 22 vintage cars that were part of the Royal family’s own private fleet, this is definitely a sight to see! Many of the cars were built-in the 1930’s and are still in mint condition with the highlight being the beautiful 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom used in the movie Octopussy! Cap off the day with a sunset cruise on a Gangaur boat, which is illuminated by candlelight and steered manually by oarsmen. These vessels were part of the antique royal barge of the house of Mewar. Now that’s what I call cruising in the lap of luxury!
Known as one of the best honeymoon destinations, there are several fantastic hotels that will cater to your every whim. Ancient Palaces have been converted into 5 star hotels with all the modern amenities one could ever hope for. I had the privilege of chatting with Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, Prince of Udaipur at Shiv Niwas Palace, currently his part-time residence. Historically Shiv Niwas Palace was used to be a royal guesthouse, but it’s now converted into a historic hotel. With several notable dignitaries such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth. Fateh Garh is another tranquil oasis perched on the hilltop overlooking Lake Pichola. This eco-conscious resort was built-in keeping with principles of Vastu, which is the Indian version of Feng Shui and is the ultimate experience in traditional and spiritual Indian living. The most luxurious of accommodations that Udaipur has to offer is the Lake Palace Hotel. Part of the Taj Hotel group, this iconic structure floats in the middle of Lake Pichola. Surrounded by water an all sides, this hotel is the epitome of relaxation and luxury. Each room offers spectacular views over the lake, personalized butler service is available and a stroll through the heritage gardens is a must.
This is truly one hotel fit for royalty!