Lake Palace – Udaipur

Popularly known as Jag Niwas, this stunning Palace lays afloat on the renowned Lake Pichola. It was developed by Rana Jagat Singh II in 1730’s as a pleasure palace since permission had been refused to him by his father to construct the existing island palace of Jag Mandir. A large number of palatial apartments here date to this period. Additions were made in the following century, but the palace was ageing. However, it stayed a favourite retreat for the Sisodia family who would often visit the palace and stay here to get away from the pressure of court. In the year 1961, Maharana Bhagwat Singh decided to convert Jag Niwas into a luxury hotel because, as its design consultant said, “it seemed the only viable way that it could be maintained”. It caught the attention of the International Who’s who instantly, and since 1971, it has been managed by the Taj Group of Hotels.

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