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Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Trip to India 2015 - My Stay at the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

My first trip to be a multi city one, it was on my bucket list ever since I was a kid so it had to be like I expected and more. Like everyone else the trip has to include the Golden Triangle, and Rajasthan looks like it was going to be my favourite city because of all the tradition and history.  My plan was that a trip to India, which from Kuwait was only a direct 4 hour trip by air, was going to be for a week. So I wanted to see as much as possible in this short time! I went for 5 cities! Yes thats a lot for such a short time but I just had to make it work. And I wanted to do it using less of the air route and more of the car transfer.  If you get car sick quickly then don't opt for this option, as you will notice or if you research beforehand, they drive and honk like crazy, they have nothing to lose, I read in some book that really helped me understand the why's of India, that they believed in a second life so death wasn't something they were afraid of! You would expect an accident but they were pros! The driving with the broken roads could make you get sick and angry!

My first stop was to Udaipur, the City of the Lakes, via Mumbai by Jet Airlines, which I highly recommend. Theres no direct flights to Udaipur as the airport is a local one, I'm guessing.  The White City of Rajasthan, as it was also called, was a must, I just had to stay in The Taj Lake Palace, a luxury hotel built in the eighteenth century on a man made island in the center of Lake Pichola, and formerly known as Jag Niwas, was the royal summer palace of the Maharana at that time.  Anyways even if you're not planning a stay at one of the most beautiful hotels and the most romantic hotel in the world also the hotel famed for being in the James Bond movie from the early eighties Octopussy, you will be staying at a hotel by Lake Pichola.  The views there were phenomenal, and the other hotels were the best in the city.  So my plan was to stay 3 nights in Udaipur, two nights at Taj Lake Palace and one night in the nearby The Oberoi Udaivilas.  Both hotels are highly recommended and there's other really good hotels in the vicinity like The Leela Palace.

Ok so what is so special about the Taj Lake Palace?  You could stay there for a couple of nights and not leave it and still enjoy your time!  The rooms were gorgeous, I had to go for a suite, don't go for anything less.  There were activities inside the premises, like the hotel tour, the cultural dance show, the shadow dance show, the Lake Pichola sunset cruise including a visit to Jag Mandir (another summer palace for parties in a man made island), daily morning and evening flutist, spa on a boat, destination dining in the terraces of the palace.  Theres more, trips to visit historical places around the city, the main one which I visited was City Palace (my trip also included a visit to the Crystal Gallery nearby).  You don't need to go looking for good restaurants, the best are in the hotel or the hotels nearby. There will definitely be another visit to the Taj Lake Palace. The service is excellent.

 من كنت صغيرة وزيارة الهند كانت في لستتي وطبقتها في ٢٠١٥.  لزيارتي الأولى كنت ابي أشوف وايد من الهند بقدر  المستطاع بزمن قصير. خصصت ٥ مدن لمدة آسبوع مع التركيز بمدن راجستان وكما البعض يعرف رحلة الغولدين ترايانغل  أو المثلث الذهبي معروفة بالهند واللي يتضمن زيارة جايبور واغرا وديلهي فرحلتي كانت راح تتضمن هذا المثلث. لكن الأهم اني ازور مدينة جميلة لقبت بمدينة البحيرات ومدينة راجستان البيضا وهي مدينة أودايبور والأهم اني أبي اسكن بأحد أجمل فنادق العالم والفندق الأكثر رومانسية بالعالم وهو فندق تاج ليك بالاس التابع لفنادق تاج الأرقي بالهند.  زيارتي لمدينة اودايبور كانت لثلاث ايام ليلتين في فندق تاج ليك بالاس واللي مبني بجزيرة صناعية بقلب بحيرة بيتشولا وفندق اوبروي اودايفيلاس على ضفاف البحيرة نفسها. الفندق كان قصر صيفي للمهرانا وتم بناءه بالقرن ١٨ واللي حاب يسكن انصح بالسكن في غرفة فئة السويت

الرحلة من الكويت الى مومباي واللي هي محطة الترانزيت كانت تقريبا ٤ ساعات بالكثير ومن بعدها عن طريق لمطار للطيران الداخلي الى اودايبور تقريبا ساعة بطيران الجيت ايرويز الهندية ،اللي انصج فيها. 

فندق التاج ليك بالاس فيه انشطة كثيرة انصح بمدة سكن من ٢-٤ ايام وفيه انشطة لسكان الفندق منها عروض رقص تقليدية يوميا مع عرض الظل وتور للفندق وكروز وقت الشروق في البحيرة مع زيارة لقصر جاغ ماندير الموجود بقلب البجيرة ايضا وسبا على متن مركب صغير وسماع ألحان المزمار صباحا ومساء وعشاء خاص على الشرفة.  فيه الكثير من أماكن الزيارة التاريخية حول المدينة أبرزها قصر المدينة واللي يطل عليها الفندق على ضفاف البحيرة. ما تحتاجون تدورون مطاعم زينة لأن الفندق اكله وايد لذيذ وفيه مطاعم بالفنادق المجاورة.  خدمة الفندق بروحها تحببك بالفندق ممتازة جدا وما يرضون ياخذون بخشيش




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