Taj Lake Palace


Take your place as king for a day at the Taj Lake Palace

Ever wanted to escape this brutal rat race and take your rightful place as lord of your own domain? After all, as men, it’s hard-wired into our DNA, and anyone whose seen Indiana Jones knows few kings enjoyed the royal perks quite as much as India’s ancient maharajas (harem anyone?). Now running off and starting a new ‘nation’ in the backwoods of Tai Po with your militia buddies is going to have its consequences, so why not take the easy way out and play despotic ruler on your next vacation?


Rajasthan’s mirage-like Taj Lake Palace, in India’s northwest, is a white marble jewel in the middle of Lake Pichola, and even the most worldly of travellers will be jaw dropping on arrival. Built in 1746, the former home of Maharana Jagat Singh II is now a decidedly-decadent hotel, with 83 rooms and 17 suites, each with their own unique past (and not the kind you see with a black light). From the moment you arrive you’ll feel like a king returning; transfers are in classic convertible coupe; rooms are museum-like and beautifully restored; there’s strawberry sheesha and dry martinis on the Amrit Sagar bar terrace, Rajasthan-inspired cuisine in the Neel Kamal fine dining restaurant, spa treatments on a restored traditional royal yacht and enough butlers to shake your royal staff at. On the Lake’s edge, there are elephant and jeep safaris, local markets and mountain trails to explore – though dragging yourself from those royal suites and the roof-top Jacuzzi will be like escaping Gitmo.

In the words of Mel Brooks: “It’s good to be the King.”

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Lake Pichola, Udaipur - 313 001, Rajasthan, India, Tel: (91-294) 2428800

The Nuts & Bolts: Escape to Taj Lake Palace, an ancient palace turned hotel, where you call the shots.

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