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    Udaipur Lake Palace



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    The Lake Palace is a five star hotel seemingly afloat on the still blue waters of Lake Pichola. The Lake Palace is one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Udaipur's 250-year old palace offers guests a perfect blend of serenity and grandeur.

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    The luxurious lake palace hotel is located 26 Kms from the airport & 3 kms from Railway Station at Udaipur.

    Historical background:

    The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acers of rock. It was initially called Jaginwas after its founder Maharana Jag



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    The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant as a royal summer palace and now converted in to a five star palace hotel. Advertise Here It is a magical palace and its image in the middle of the lake is like a leaf straight out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of intricate craftsmanship and the ethnic themes using the textiles and handicrafts all over highlight the beauty that is simply beyond compare the lake around makes a pleasant murmur with its rippling waves and lapping that adds to the mesmerising moments.







    The Lake Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, arising out of the Turquoise Waters of the Pichola like an elegant fantasy in white marble. The Lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acers of rock. It was initially called Jaginwas after its founder Maharana Jagjit Singh.

    The Maharana, ruler of Jaipur from 1628 to 1654, was very friendly with Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and encouraged his craftsmen to copy some of the glories of his incomparable buildings at Agra. The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards.





    These courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens all add to its impressive image. The rooms are decorated with cusped arches, inland stones of pink, and green lotus leaves and painted mirrors.



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    Castle Mandawa



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    The major attraction of the Mandawa town is the magnificent fort Castle Mandawa,which has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Castle Mandawa is ideally located in theheart of the Shekhawati region,which today comprises of two administrative districts in the state of Rajasthan: Jhunjhunu and Sikar. The grand havelis of the Goenkas,Ladias,Sarafs,and the Chokhanis,in Mandawa are a fine example of the famous Shekhawati workmanship. Castle Mandawa is a two hundred and forty year old fortess,that has been converted by the royal family into a fine example of traditional hospitality.





    The large and airy rooms of the Castle have been converted into charming,well appointed accommodation retaining the old flavour using period furniture and local furnishings. All the 51 rooms in the hotel are totally distinct in interiors and comprise of Royal Suites,Luxury Suits,Deluxe Rooms,Standard Rooms. Each of them display the grandeur and the taste of the rulers of the past.
    Right from entering the hotel to every day that you stay here,you can enjoy the rare blend of modern comfort in medieval surroundings. Caparisoned camels and horses carry in the guests as musicians blow horns and drums roll the Royal Welcome. The 'Diwan Khana' (Darbar Hall),of the Palace has its wals adorned with ancient portraits of the Mandawa family.





    Dinner is a romantic and enchanting candle lit affair in the rear courtyard,which is transformed into a glowing,bejeweled open air dinning room. The highlight of the evening is the spectacular Fire Dance ( a Mandawa specially),where eight men in traditional attire,follow an elderly retainer who dances with fire torches in his hands. This is followed by a nightcap ( on request) in the turret,lit only with brass and earthen oil lamps.



    You can also experience local festivals like Holi and Gangaur. On Holi,the festival of Colours,the entire population of the town comes to the Castle to pay their respects to the Thakur and receive his blessing.





    The festivities for Gangaur begin immediately after Holi which is a 18 day celebration praying for conjugal bliss and fertility. Colourful wooden or brass images of Gauri (Goddess Parvati) and Issar ( Lord Shiva) are dressed in traditional finery and jewellery of a bride. On the last day,people of the town assemble in the courtyard of the Castle and take the idols in an impressive colourful procession.

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    Shiv Niwas Palace



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    Hotel Shiv Niwas Palace is located inside original Palace Compound. Located on the edgeof Lake Pichola,the view is simply impressive and magnificent. Today the palace is categorised as Grand Heritage (equivalent to 5 Star Deluxe) Hotel. Having won 3 timesthe Best Hotel Award in its category,it boast of providing an exclusive feel of regality and one of the most memorable stay.



    Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel Udaipur's suites are decorated with antique fixtures and furnishings from the Royal collection of the house of Mewar. The HOtel offers luxurious 31 Rooms including 14 Deluxe Rooms,8 Terrace Suites,4 Historic Suites,3 Royal Suites and 2 Imperial Suites. The Suites at Shiv Niwas are furnished with Chandeliers,Vintage Paintings and Murals.



    With all the comforts,peace and calm,guests at the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel Udaipur are just a short stroll away from the City Palace,one of the largest in the country and now converted into a fascinating museum.



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    Sariska Palace



    Sariska Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar. It is located right inside the Sariska sanctuary,Tiger Reserve. Silhouetted against the nurturing arms of the Aravali range,this legacy of Maharaja is now a heritage hotel. Hard tennis courts with a viewing pavilion and a swimming pool give that zestful touch to a quiet holiday.



    Sariska Palace is today a Palace Hotel with all the amenities to make the guest feel like a maharajah! Each room is richly furnished with original Louis Quartz and art deco furniture. The terrace overlooking the virgin forests with its deer herds,wild boar and a variety of birds can be an unforgettable experience.



    The hotel can arrange jeep safaris to the nearby interesting places. Among the other facilities are tennis court,a viewing pavilion,and conference hall. With its understated luxury,antique furniture,furnishings and original work-of-art,the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living.



    Set among valleys,hills and deep forests it is home to an exotic variety of wild animals and beautiful birds. Here,herds of golden deer dart and pirouette,the big wild cat,the tiger can be seen roaming around.



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