There are many places in India which are famous for their historical importance, incredible devotion, and rich culture. But, not all hold a place that well in the eyes and minds of people. One of them is the Taj Lake Palace that stands in Rajasthan. It is a luxury hotel, formerly a palace that is built in the middle of Lake Pichola in Rajasthan. It is like a one building island.
Taj Lake Palace
The Taj Lake Palace is located in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. It was built in the year 1743 under the supervision of Maharana Jagat Singh (the second), of Udaipur. It was built as a royal summer palace, on a huge rocky land of 4 acres, and was formerly called Jag Niwas or Jan Niwas. After the Maharana became friendly with Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and encouraged his own craftsmen to follow some of the beautiful carves of the incomparably built Taj Mahal at Agra, the Lake Palace came into existence. The palace was built in a manner such that its entrance could face the east for Hindu inhabitants to pray to the Sun God when dawn arrived. The initial ruler and his successors used this palace as a summer place to cool themselves from the harsh sun, since the palace was surrounded by water. The palace consists of courtyards, pillared terraces, fountains, and gardens.
Taj Lake Palace Rajasthan
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After the palace was off the hands of its rulers, in 1971 the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces group took over the management of the palace. The tradition of using it for luxurious purposes continued and the Taj Lake Palace was converted into a luxury hotel, and is the same till day, locally known as the City Palace. The hotel provides boat services for tourists to travel from the jetty to the palace. The hotel consists of 158 luxurious rooms and suites, inlaid with white marble walls and floor. The upper room of the palace is a large circular room, about 21 feet in diameter. Its floor is decorated with black and white marble, walls are furnished with décor and designs consisting of various-colored stones. The dome of the palace is enchantingly beautiful. There are many other objects of interest on the palace island like a mosque, Shah Jahan’s throne, and so on.
Taj Lake Palace Room
As both, the royal palace and a luxury hotel, the Taj Lake Palace caught eyes of many foreign rulers like Lord Curzon, Vivien Leigh, and Queen Elizabeth. The palace was used in the 1893 film of Jame Bond, named Octopussy, shown as the home of the title character. It was a major attraction in the movie.