Maharana Jagat Singh got the Lake Palace of Udaipur constructed in 1743. Built as a summer retreat for the Maharana, this palace is situated on an island, Jag Niwas, in the middle of Lake Pichola. Now converted into a five star hotel, Udaipur Lake Palace is sprawled across 1.5 hectares. Constructed in white marble, it is one of the most mesmerizing palaces not only in Rajasthan, rather the whole of India.
There are a number of apartments within the palace itself. Some of them
are Bada Mahal, Kush Mahal, Ajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal, etc. Ornamented
with painted mirrors, inlaid stones, cusped arched and lotus leaves, the
rooms in these apartments bring back the memories of the bygone royal
era. All over the palace textiles and handicrafts with exquisite themes
and craftsmanship are displayed.
The courtyards of the Lake Palace of Rajasthan played host to the
rulers for the purpose of holding durbars. Adorned with columns,
pillared terraces, fountains and gardens, these courtyards make the
palace look more attractive. Adding to the fascination of the palace are
the sounds of the waves rippling and lashing around the island.
Lake Palace, now converted into a hotel, has 83 rooms, with 17 suites
and 53 deluxe rooms. Each of the room has a particular theme and is
decorated with the textiles and handicrafts as per the theme. The
facilities provided at the Udaipur Lake Palace Hotel include a swimming
pool, conference hall, bar, coffee shop, restaurant, souvenir shop and
jewelry shops. For the purpose of recreation, excursions in and around
Udaipur are organized at the hotel itself.