I am a story teller, a day dreamer. My stories chase the royal splendor of the yonder era, retracing the footprints of time and spinning tales of romance and intrigue, of glory and mystique, of Time Travel.
My authentic taste of royalty, my first brush with the lives and times of the Kings and Queens happened when my husband planned a surprise birthday trip to Lake Palace Udaipur, and I have been smitten ever since.
The majestic experience begins as soon as you arrive at the Hotel Jetty after a comfortable limousine pick up from the airport. The jetty, from where you embark on a boat to the hotel set in the midst of the resplendent Lake Pichola, is a stunning piece of art in itself.
Built in 1746 as the leisure palace of Maharaja Jagat Singh II, Taj Lake Palace was formerly known as Jag Niwas. Its envious location on an idyllic island jetting out of the pristine Lake and the decadent opulence make it one of the most coveted hotels in the world.
Intricately carved marble pillars, painstakingly embellished persian glass, expensive crystal, colourful frescoes and lavishly appointed rooms tell a story of grandiose. An intricate maze of hallways that inspires whispered confessions, where lovers waited for a secret rendezvous; the formidable walls bear testimony to their romance, urging you to write that unfinished story of love and togetherness. The palace is a stunning reminder of a bygone era, the resplendent royalty that our history is steeped in. The city fans out beyond, giving you a glimpse of its daunting forts and colourful heritage.
You are the Royalty here, you have a butler assigned, attentive to your needs without being interfering,the ardent staff is always available to guide you, give you all the touristy tips with alacrity, advise you on the food options or just fill you up on the historic stories and legends.
After a full day, we now head to our room to change for dinner where unbeknownest to me, a beautiful birthday cake and a gift wrapped box await.
The extravagant dinner and the exhaustive breakfast menu is a gastronomical delight and the Head Chef encourages us to go crazy with the menu and beyond. The fish in green curry is lipsmackingly delicious and gourmet meat tender.The rose flavoured ice cream cleanses the palate.
The taste of that candlelit dinner under the gazebo overlooking the sublime Lake Pichola will stay with me forever. So will the memory of the languid sunsets, the splendrous views and the feeling of having lived like Royalty.