7 Lakeside Vacations: Lake Pichola

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Taj Lake Palace's façade.

Lake Pichola

Maharajahs and starlit nights.

The Chandra Prakash Suite.
The swimming pool at Taj Lake Palace.

By Becca Hensley
Edging seductive Udaipur – India’s “White City,” so named for its profusion of milky palaces, many of them set like gems on tiny islands – Pichola’s shores harbor Hindu temples and age-old homes.
The Experience
Located in the state of Rajasthan (literally, “Land of the Kings”), this seductive locale draws celebrities and the Indian elite, especially for weddings, which tend to be extravagant, action-packed, multiday parties. Expect to see painted elephants, fireworks, decorated boats, Bollywood stars, life-size puppets, turbans galore, and abundant jewel-hued saris. With labyrinthine lanes, Rajput architecture, and watery canals, this “Venice of the East” evokes the finery and ritual of India’s bygone ruling class.
Visit Udaipur’s premier site, City Palace, to ogle its famous miniature paintings.
An array of stores sell locally made handicrafts and clothing. Score pashmina shawls at Andraab. 170A New Fatehpura. Brahma Arts & Textiles is best for paintings and antiques. 31 Lake Palace Road.
Advisor Tip
“Incredible, spectacular, unusual, mystifying—in all the world, there’s nothing quite like the floating Taj Lake Palace. A private dinner on the hotel’s candlelit raft is a definite must-do.” —Peter Friedman, Palm Beach, Florida
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, June 2014.


Taj Lake Palace
Set on an island, this white-marble manse guarantees goose bumps and whisks travelers to a time when maharajahs reigned. Get More Details
The Jal Tarang Suite.