Taj Lake Palace

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This former palace is on a 4-acre island in Udaipur's Lake Pichola
  • "One of the world’s most romantic destination hotels" (The Daily Telegraph)
  • It doubled as Octopussy's lair in the 1983 James Bond film
  • Guests arrive by private water taxi & are greeted with rose petals

Map & Directions

The hotel's private dock in the City Palace gardens in Udaipur is around 30 minutes' drive from Maharana Pratap Airport. The hotel provides water-taxi transfers for all guests.

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Taj Lake Palace is "one of the world’s most romantic destination hotels", says The Daily Telegraph, with white marble walls that seemingly float on Lake Pichola, and panoramic views of Udaipur from its 4-acre island setting. It was built in 1746 as a royal summer palace, later becoming a hotel in the 1960s, and doubling as Octopussy's lair in the 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy".

The hotel is a short journey by water taxi from the hotel's private jetty in the City Palace gardens in Udaipur, and guests are greeted with rose petals and refreshments on arrival. Udaipur is a picturesque lakeside city, bordered by the craggy Aravalli mountain range. Key sights include the City Palace Museum, which houses a collection of paintings, antique furniture and decorative artwork in the largest palace in Rajastan, the 17th-century Jagdish Temple, and the Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maidens), which has impressive gravity-powered fountains.

The hotel has a pretty swimming pool, and a spa that offers treatments (some aboard a private boat), a steam room and hot and cold Jacuzzis. Dining options are for hotel guests only, and include Neel Kamal (Rajasthani fine dining) and Bhairo, a rooftop venue serving European cuisine (October-March only). There's also a bar and a more informal restaurant for all-day dining.

Rooms have an exotic feel, with carved furniture and Indian fabrics, and all have 24-hour butlers. Some of the more basic rooms overlook internal courtyards and lily ponds; opt for a higher category for lake views.

From the press:

  • "The service is flawless, cuisine standards are high, and the overall experience unforgettable" -- The Daily Telegraph



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Games room
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers


  • Complimentary valet service
  • Public car park


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • One child 12 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: INR 2500 for adults and INR 2500 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: INR 2450 per vehicle (one-way)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Christmas Eve (24 December) Gala Dinner per adult: INR 7500.00
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: INR 22750.00

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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