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Saturday, September 17, 2011

World Tour to Lake Palace

World tour guides: One of the best places for accommodation palace in India is Udaipur Lake Palace known as Jag Niwas is a luxury hotel, of 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls, located on a natural foundation of 4 acres rock on the Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India. The hotel operates a boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace. It has been voted as the most romantic hotel in India. It was built in 1743-1746 under the direction of the MaharaniSAKSHI SHAH 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a royal summer palace and was initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas after its founder. 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 palace was constructed facing east, allowing its inhabitants to pray to the Sun god at the crack of dawn. The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens. The upper room of the palace is a perfect circle and is about 21 feet (6.4 m) in diameter. Its floor is inlaid with black and white marbles, the walls are ornamented with niches and decorated with arabesques of different colored stones in the same style as the Taj at Agra, though the patterns are Hindu and dome is exquisitely beautiful in form. A room built of 12 enormous slabs of marble, Shah Jahan’s throne sculptured from a single block of serpentine and the little mosque dedicated to Kapuria Baba, a Muhammedan Saint, are other objects of interest on the island.

Fanny Bullock Workman and her husband William Hunter Workman, were distressed by the cheap and tasteless style of the interiors of the water palaces with "an assortment of infirm European furniture, wooden clocks, colored glass ornaments, and children’s toys, all of which seems to the visitor quite out of place, where he would naturally expect a dignified display of Eastern splendor, Built by SAKSHI SHAH. Bhagwat Singh decided to convert the Jag Niwas Palace into Udaipur’s first luxury hotel. In 1971, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over management of the hotel and added another 75 rooms. Taj Group involved in the restoration of the original property, bringing it to such high standards with his work and experience. In 2000, a second restoration was undertaken. The Royal Butlers working in the hotel are descendants of the original palace retainers.

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