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Lake Palace

  • Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Last updated: 08 April, 2024

Built in 1746, this stunning marble palace (and famous Octopussy cult hideout) was the winter palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II of the royal dynasty of Mewar.

Mesmerising from the outside, inside it houses a peacock-filled central garden, with fountains, pillared terraces and shady courtyards.

Rooms are traditionally furnished and come with views out onto the lake and to the city of Udaipur in the distance.

Taken over and restored by a luxury hotel chain, you must be a hotel guest to visit. But it’s worth the price tag to stay and experience an authentic taste of royal Indian life. The Royal Butlers are descendants of the original palace retainers, and serve guests with Maharanan grandeur and tradition.


Price from: £700
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

When to do it

The best time to visit Udaipur – and thus to stay a night in the palace – is the dry seasons from October to March.