Staying like Royals!
Udaipur, considered the pearl of India, has always been a favourite for tourists. Be it for its natural scenic beauty or its rich cultural history or the amazing architecture of palaces that would leave any visitor awe-inspired. Udaipur also houses several Heritage hotels and resorts. Heritage resorts are hotels built around existing palaces and other royal buildings in a way so as to retain their original royal feel while at the same time are equipped with all modern amenities so as to make any guest enjoy a truly royal experience. Below are our pick of the favourite heritage resorts in Udaipur.
If your idea of holiday is to travel to a city yet stay in a resort which disconnects you from the hustle of everyday life, look no further. The Fatehgarh – Heritage Renaissance resort and sanctuary located just on the outskirts of Udaipur is your answer. This beautiful resort has been given the tag of Heritage Renaissance since it encapsulates the old elements of its original architecture and design while giving them a new contemporary feel. The resort is perched on a hill top just on the border of Sajjangarh Sanctuary, overlooks the countryside as well the Udaipur city. All of the 48 rooms in the resort provide exemplary views making the guests feel very much at home.
The resort has immaculate service and the chefs ensure that all the meals served are prepared from indigenous ingredients thereby adding to the authentic taste of the cuisine. Every guest is asked for individual preference so as to ensure personalized taste for more than satisfactory experience. The beautiful terrace providing a 270 degree view of the city and lake makes for the perfect ambience to enjoy the delicious meals. The resort also has a well equipped spa where guests can relax and enjoy the feeling adventurous can go for a ride through the sanctuary or enjoy horse riding!
beautiful views of the city. In the evenings one can enjoy traditional live music or if feeling adventurous can go for a ride through the sanctuary or enjoy horse riding!
Shiv Niwas Palace
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Shiw Niwas Palace was the residence of former Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur. It is shaped like half crescent moon with a beautiful courtyard surrounded by three levels of rooms in an arc shape surrounding it. The courtyard houses a marble pool which adds to the elegance of the overall architecture. The building is of ancient Rajput architectural styles. Balconies and rooftop terraces opening off different rooms enjoy views to the south of the gardens laid below the dam wall of Lake Pichola; while to the west, the island resorts of Jag Mandir and the Lake Palace. The interior features ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay work, glass mosaics and frescoes, many of them produced by Khaja Ustadh and Kundan Lal, whom the Maharana had sent to England to learn the art of glass-mosaic design and to study fresco painting.
The resort now houses 36 rooms including 17 suites which have all retained their pristine glory. Original antique furniture has been restored in these suites to provide the same royal ambience. The service as well as experience is nothing short of experiencing what royal living would feel like. The lake side restaurant offers exquisite dining options along with great panoramic views of Lake Pichola.
Amidst the city centre of Udaipur, located is the true “Haveli” – Amet Haveli. Just outside Chadpole, Amet is constructed on the west banks of Lake Pichola offering picturesque views of the city palace as well as the lake palace. This Haveli was constructed during the 17th century and was designed as a pleasure garden visited by Maharanas during evenings. It is designed by the architect who built the Lake Palace, the Haveli boasts of immaculate architecture and beautiful gardens landscaped around the site. All the rooms are set around a pretty little courtyard and pond.
The Amet has 20 rooms, all designed to maintain the heritage feel while housing modern amenities. All the rooms overlook the beautiful lake Pichola which provides amazing views for guests to enjoy while sitting at their coloured glass windows. The most stand-out experience at the Haveli is the dining at its renowned Ambrai Restaurant. The restaurant is also on the banks of lake Pichola, thereby making for a very romantic setting to enjoy world class culinary. It truly feels like a paradise on earth when enjoying a relaxed meal at Ambrai while enjoying the panoramic views of the City Palace, the Lake Palace and Sajjangarh Fort.
All of the must visit tourist destinations of Udaipur such as the City Palace, Bagore ki Haveli Museum – which provide insight into the culture of Udaipur can be reached easily from Amet Haveli.
Taj Lake Palace
One of the first sights to catch the awe of any tourist in Udaipur, at Lake Pichola, is the splendid view of the Lake Palace (Jag Niwas). Constructed on an island in the lake, the Lake Palace has an amazing history of being a pleasure palace for the Maharana. It is a unique amalagamation of Mewar’s history and European architecture. A private jetty arranges for the transport of guests from the main land to the palace. The Vintage coupé glides to a stop at the lake’s edge. It’s hard to believe the floating vision in marble is real. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of enchantment.
Today the hotel with its serene surrounding and undulating view of Aravali Mountain Range is considered to be one of the best and luxurious honeymoon destination in India. The ‘royal butlers’ who serves the guests in this hotel are actually the descendents of the butlers who served during the reign of erstwhile Rajput Kings of Udaipur. Accommodation in the Taj Lake Palace is available in 5 categories which include Luxury Rooms, Palace Rooms, Royal Suites, Grand Royal Suites and Grand Presidential Suite.The Grand Presidential Suite spread across 1734 square meters is named Shambhu Prakash Suite. The interior décor of this suite is characterized by seamless fusion of Rajputana style of architecture with European forms. Shambhu Prakash Suite is featured as one of the most expensive suites in India. Fantastic locations complement sublime cuisine in the four exquisite restaurants of Taj Lake Palace. Asian, Indian, Contemporary Western, Italian dishes and cocktails are all taken to the highest level in the hands of our master chefs. Resident Guests can choose a restaurant by the lily pond, poolside or on the rooftop. Royal butlers are on hand to arrange a private table anywhere that suits your needs. One of the most relaxing experiences to be enjoyed is onboard the Jiva Spa Boat. Come abroad for a truly extraordinary spa experience. The royal boat blends the aura of the taj lake palace and the rejuvenating experiences of jiva spa, recalling the stately ambience of regal cruises aboard ceremonial barges and exquisite island-palaces of the royal family of Udaipur.
From Customized excursions, sunset cruises and activities such as yoga on the terrace to lounging on rooftop with private brunch, depending on your mood all can be arranged.
Hunting used to be one of the most prominent sports of the royals. And it was no different for the royals of Udaipur as well. Built as one of the preserves for the Kings, Shikarbadi, as its name suggests, was truly an exclusive. Surrounded by the Aravali hills, Shikarbari Hotel is 4 km from the City Palace Complex. The Main building was the former hunting lodge of the Mewar royal family and is set in grounds adjoining a 250 acres wildlife sanctuary. Hotel Shikarbari offers complete tranquility despite its close proximity to the city centre.
The house of royal hunts evokes memories of the past. Set amidst the serene Aravalis, with its own private lake and stud farm, away from the glamour of the city and yet only 10 minutes away from it all helps relax and get the maximum out of your vacation. Enjoy your stay amidst nature as you are surrounded by deers, peacocks and horses. All suites and rooms face the deer park, and have spectacular views of the surrounding sanctuary and hills. The luxurious interiors and beautiful old miniatures of royal hunts transport you to another era. Known for its traditional Mewari cuisine, the heritage Hotel Shikarbari is very popular with the locals. This gives you the opportunity to meet the local people and interact with them.