Palaces Tour to Rajasthan
Lake Palace, Udaipur
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.
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
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. apartments like the Bada Mahal, Kush Mahal,
Ajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal and Dhola Mahal.
enhance the romance of the elegant setting. Among the facilities available are
swimming pool, conference hall and a bar. Other events of recreation organised
here are excursions in and around and a bar other events of recreation organised
here are excursions in and around Udaipur.
Lake Palace houses 83 rooms including 17 beautiful suites and 53 Deluxe rooms.
The rooms and the suites of the hotel are beautifully designed; each having
a particular theme & decorated with textiles and handicrafts of the region.
The royal banquet rooms are now reception rooms, bars and restaurants.
Apartments names the Bada Mahal, Khush Mahal, Sajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal and
the Dhola Mahal add to the romantic setting and give a taste of the regal splendor
of a bygone era , they also boast of a Restaurant, a coffee shop and a well
appointed lobby with jewellery and souvenir shops.
This expansive building covers an area of about 4 acres including beautiful
trees and gardens. Cuisine of the most mouth-watering variety brought to life
by our skilled chefs. Be honored and indulged as befits royalty.
City Palace, Jaipur
Located in the heart of the walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an
idea about the far sightedness of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh.
He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture,
art and craft structure in the city.
Jai Singh built the outer walls but its many buildings were built later and
some of them date in the twentieth century too.
The palace is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family
still lives in a part of the palace.
On entering the complex and before the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal,
the palace of welcome or reception. Sawai Madho Singh built the palace in the
It was used as a reception centre for the visiting personage. The building now
forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here are a wide
array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri)
Shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery.
An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho
Singh I (ruled 1750-68).
The Maharani's Palace, the palace of the Queen paradoxically puts a display
of the Rajput weaponry.
The inestimable collections of weapons date back to even 15th century and are
in a remarkable state of preservation.
Remarkable amongst them is scissor-action dagger. This deadly weapon when thrust
in body the handles were release to spread the blades.
The dagger was then withdrawn tearing limb from limb of the body of the hapless
victim into certain fatality. Other exhibits include protective chain armours,
pistols, jewelled and ivory handled swords, a belt sword, small and assorted
cannons, guns, poison tipped blades and gun powder pouches. The frescos on the
ceiling are amazing and well preserved.
Between the armoury museum and the art gallery is the Diwan-I-Khas meaning hall
of private or selective audience.
This is a marble paved pavilion and puts on display the world largest sterling
silver object two gigantic silver vessels.
These vessels were made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, who took in along
with him filled with water from River Ganga for drinking.
As a devout Hindu the Maharaja did not wish to risk polluted English waters.
The ceiling also has large chandeliers, which are mostly protected by dust covers
and opened only of festive occasions. The Guinness Book of Records accounts
it has the biggest silver objects in the world.
The art gallery is located in the Diwan-I-Aam, which literally mean the Hall
of public audience. The exhibits here included some very precious and ancient
handwritten original manuscripts of of Hindu scriptures. Particularly intriguing
in miniature copies of Bhagwat Gita made in this manner so that it can be concealed
out of sight of Emperor Aurangzeb onslaught on Hindu scriptures.
Some very delicate miniature paintings in Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian schools
on various themes including the Ramayana are some very engrossing displays.
Visitors must also take a good at preserved painted ceilings. Also on display
are elephant saddles called haudha.
The Chandra Palace is still occupied by the royal family but visitors can visit
the ground floor where some exhibits are on display. However the visit here
is worthwhile for the exquisite Peacock in the courtyard outside.
Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Maharaja Umaid Singhji who built this palace was fascinated with western lifestyles
so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan
Lanchester, a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi) to
construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Palace.
This was to become India last of the great palaces and the biggest private residence
in the world.
Spectacular Central Rotunda, the cupola raises to a hundred and five feet high;
the Throne Room with its exquisite Ramayana murals; an elegant wood-panelled
library, and even a private museum; an indoor swimming pool, a Billiards Room,
tennis courts and unique marble squash courts makes Umaid Bhawan Palace is unabashedly
the most magnificent.
The palace was also built with superficial intentions of providing employment
to famine stricken farmers. The Palace now is a five star deluxe palace hotel.
The museum of the palace is highly recommended for its display of weapons, an
array of stuffed leopards, a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria and an
incredible collection of clocks.
This is known as Umaid Bhawan Palace because of the particular type of sandstone
used, to build it - which is not weathered. Portions of the Umaid palace have
been converted into a hotel and a museum.
Located in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is known for its impressive fortified bastions,
specially those of Mehrangarh Fort, which has been a witness for many battles
and is associated closely with the history of the region.
Being a part of the desert triangle, and venue of Marwar Festival it is also
covered by the famous "Palace on Wheels", a super luxurious (emperor
style) rail-cum-road package tour.
The city again is of high tourist attraction and has all basic amenities for
both domestic and foreign tourists.
Hotels from Super Deluxe ranging to low budge can be checked in. It is well
connected by rail, road and air to the city as it again witnesses high flow
of tourist traffic in winters.
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