India & The Indian Ocean
With the majestic Aravalli Mountains on one side and lofty palaces on the other, the Taj Lake Palace’s regal splendour reigns supreme. The most remarkable sight, this hotel actually appears to float on the lake at Udaipur and is clearly one of the most enduring symbols of Indian architecture. From the moment you step onto the boat that takes you to the middle of the lake and the hotel, the amazing experience begins. There are some wonderful details: a rose petal welcome, musicians and dancers at sunset, the glass of sparkling wine as you’re shown around the hotel, lily filled ponds, alluring fountains and monuments all around.
There’s incredible food in store with the Gangaur dining experience. Take a night and enjoy an intimate meal on the Royal Gangaur Barge drifting across the water of Lake Pichola. Gangaur boat is an antique Royal barge of the house of Mewar and features in the thirteenth James Bond classic “Octopussy”. Even today the barge retains its century old ambience due to its regal décor and the splendour of its vibrant colours. Seven rowers in traditional attire take the guests for a cruise of a lifetime around the mystical Lake Pichola and the evening ends with extravagant fireworks – a fabulous surprise for the guests. There aren’t many places where you get to sample sophisticated cuisine and watch the sunset across the Aravalli Mountains and on the Monsoon Palace.
If you’re in search of romance and are curious about exploring it in India, the Taj Lake Palace will remain in your memory for the rest of life.