Explore the wonders of royal Jag Niwas Lake Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Udaipur,India City Guide facilitates its visitors to come closer to the ethnic India tourism by visiting to the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace). Udaipur Jag Niwas Palace has served as the main pleasure palace of the Sisodia rulers and has been converted into heritage hotel treasuring some of the majestic architectural splendors like luxuriant orange-gardens, Arsi Vilas island and much more.

India - Rajasthan - Udaipur - Jag Niwas (Lake Palace)

Jag Niwas or the Palace on water is a distinctive 17th century haveli that resonates with the charm and the asthetics of bygone era. Today it serves as a luxury hotel and is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels. Situated in heart of the most romantic city and nestled in the fertile of plains of Lake Pichola it offers an enchanting experience for travelers and is regal and relaxing. The houses and rooms of this palatial property now restored to former glory and charm resonates a royal experience that is best experienced, than shared. The area around the Jag Niwas has remained moreover the same with various havelis and temples that are located in the central courtyard. Tourists and visitors can approach the main courtyard through a narrow archway that leads from the Jagdish Temple and the old city.

This lake palace served as the main pleasure abode of the Sisodia rulers for almost hundred years. The extentions and the main identity of the palace can be attributed to Rana Jagat Singh the II who bought about major changes in the property. During his reign the major extentions that were made various other palace that include Bara Mahal, Khush Mahal, Phool Mahal, Dhola Mahal, Dilram Palace and the canal of Khush Mahal that is the referred to as the palace of happiness. The palace is made in typical Mewari architecture with marbled flooring, ornamented and decorated walls and corners, coloured glasswork framing and furniture and fittings offering a confluence of both Victorian and Mewari royality. The ornamented walls and niches of the palace are decorated with different Arabic style stone that bear a resemblance to the Taj Mahal of Agra.

By the second half the 19th century the pristine palaces of Udaipur were subject to the rigors of both time and the elements. The palace was subject to damp and emanations of the lake. The lack of care and the changes to the monuments and structure also resulted in the visitors feeling out of place. More than a confluence of eastern and western preference, the monument seemed more like a collection of tasteless style that did not add to the grandeur of the place. Though extensions were made in the next century there was little done for the upkeep and the monument and the surrounding areas was virtually deserted.

It was Bhagwat Singh who was wise enough to understand the problems faced and to render a solution so that the dynasty and its prestigious monument would be not be subjected to disarray. It was his wish to convert the Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) into Udaipur’s first luxury palace. For that there several parts of the palatial property were reworked upon. Major renovation and extention work was done in 1970 which did very little to develop the place. However the turnaround came in 1971 when the management of the hotel was taken over by the Taj Group of Hotels. They made this palace one of the most attractive and sort after tourist destinations in the country. This is asserted by the list of several distinguished visitors/heads of state to this hotel that include Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom, Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of late American president John F Kennedy, the Shah of Iran and the King of Nepal

Today the Jag Mahal is hottest regal wedding venues in the city and is also used for other events. Accommodation is provided in seven suits. Other facilities of this palace hotel include all day café, royal restaurants and bars. The superb wedding setting also adds further sheen to the palace. Depending on the size of weddings individuals can choose from various locations inside and outside the palace. Be it the main marbled large courtyard adorned with elephant statues or the garden courtyard and lawns that are the most preferred for solemnizing marriages.

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