Friday, December 4, 2009

Picture Day Friday

Lake Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India is a dream of white marble and mosaic. Conceived in romance, the palace was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar—believed to be descendants of the Sun God. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Aravalli Mountains and located in the middle of Lake Pichola, the palace, now a hotel, spreads across a four-acre island.

The Royal Butlers, descendents of the original palace retainers, look after all contemporary comforts and ensure that all guests are treated like royalty. Opulent silks, richly coloured murals, ornately carved wood furniture, brass lamps, original portraits, glass mosaic inlay, traditional cloth fans, and doors surfaced with mirrors retain the original royal mystique.





Diane Gaston said...

It is so beautiful, Keira! I'm a little sad that it is a hotel. Seems demeaning, but how cool is it that the Royal Butlers are still employed there?

Keira Soleore said...

Diane, isn't it gorgeous? I'd love to visit there. It's about half a day's drive from here. Someday perhaps we might be able to stay one night there. I've heard it's outrageously expensive like $600 a night.