Friday, 14 November 2014

The fairy tale Lake Palace, Pichola Rajasthan

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Lake Palace  was built in 1743 on the island of Jag Niwas in the middle of the Lake Pichola, (Udaipur), an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362 AD. It was  named after the nearby Picholi village, by the Maharana Jagat Singh II  to serve as the summer residence of the royal family; (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of  Mewar of Udaipur. It was initially called Jag Niwas or Jan Niwas after its founder and it covers an area of approximately 1.5 hectares. It took three years - 1743 - 1746 to complete the palace.
 
The palace was not well maintained for a long time by the royal family for various reasons. To avoid further falling apart and for conservation purpose the palace was converted into a luxurious hotel. Lake Palace Hotel,as it is called, has 83 rooms and 17 suites and numerous deluxe rooms featuring white marble walls.The palace was built facing east, allowing its residents to pray to the Surya, the Hindu sun god, at the break of dawn.
Guests are greeted by the nice, cool wind blowing across the serene Pichola lake in unison with soothing murmur of the rippling waves that a create serenade. A unique mesmerizing and mystifying experience.
A massive rock structure of 4 acres serves as the foundation of the palace. Badal Mahal, Kush Mahal, Ajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal and Dhola Mahal.
Lake Palace, Pichola  credit: rajastanvisit. com
During the famous Indian Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 several European families fled from Nimach and used the island as an asylum to escape death and destruction from the murderous  mobs that went on a rampage. It was a tense and dangerous situation for the British, including numerous innocent people. As for the British rulers, they treated Indian natives badly and ran an oppressive regime. Maharana Swaroop Singh offered them timely help during this worst period and in order to protect his  European guests from the hell-bent, ravaging soldiers,the Rana destroyed all the town’s boats thus denying access to the lake palace. Numerous British families were saved from near death  situation in the midst of the  worst rebellion in the entire British empire. The autocratic British rulers had to be squarely blamed for this Sepoy revolt.

The hotel under Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces operates speed boats which transport guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace. It has been voted as the most romantic hotel in India and in the world.

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