Udaipur--December 8, 2006--City Palace, Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor), Lake Palace Hotel
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Udaipur is considered a fairy tale setting with marble palaces and lakes surrounded by hills. The city was founded in 1559 and has always been fiercely independent, refusing any alliance with the Mughals.
Both the City Palace and the Garden of the Maids of Honor were exquisite, like jewels in India's crown.
The city is very famous for its Lake Palace Hotel, an extremely exclusive hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. If one were a movie star, this would be a good place to stay because of its seclusion and restricted access. The hotel was visited for lunch and, although we had been told that it was difficult to make reservations, there were no other customers in the hotel's Indian restaurant at lunch (although the continental restaurant at the hotel was doing much better business). This turned out to be an advantage because with no other customers, the service was outstanding. The hotel is run by the Taj Group who run several of India's finest hotels (we stayed in four of their properties). Taj is expanding their hotel empire to many other countries including the United States.
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