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Taj Lake Palace wasn't always a luxury hotel. Legend has it that young prince Maharana Jagat Singh II indulged in moonlight picnics with the ladies of the Zenana on the lake island palace of Jag Mandir. Then his dad found out. With that option closed to him, the prince built his own pleasure palace on a different island in Lake Pichola. Begun in 1743 and inaugurated in 1746, the new palace was named Jag Niwas after his highness Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar. Jag Niwas, now Taj Lake Palace, is one of four islands in Lake Pichola.
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The Taj Lake Palace has long been in our category of super luxury, and it's certainly one of the most beautiful hotels in our collection. And now, it's getting some celebrity recognition, thanks to hotshot designer Diane von Furstenberg. She recently stayed at the hotel and declared it possibly the 'best hotel in the world.' A woman with an eye for fashion, her approval certainly counts a little more than the average bear's. While the superlative might be a bit hyperbolic and a few other hotels give it a run for its money, I can't imagine experiencing anything less than the sublime at the Taj Lake Palace.
The white marble palace seems to be suspended above the waters of the surrounding lake, where the Maharana lived and entertained at his summer palace. Ceremonial barges and private dinner-pontoons promise to whisk you away to a land of enchantment, and the breathtaking gardens and lily ponds are the perfect setting for romance. If you can't trust me, then take the word of Diane von Furstenberg, and stay at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.