Fateh Prakash Palace
The hotel is located inside the City Palace complex, which has 2 hotels (the Fateh Prakash Palace hotel and the Shiv Niwas), a museum with a central courtyard outside which has a restaurant and several small shops. A short walk outside the complex you will find many small hotels, shops and restaurants.
As a hotel guest you will be given a security pass, carry it with you at all times and be prepared to show it before you can re-enter the hotel. Security is very tight here as the Maharana who owns the HRH hotel chain still lives in a palace on the grounds and there are armed security staff standing guard (in other words, don’t go anywhere you are not allowed to go).
Rooms are spacious and the bathroom has a shower and bath. Our room had a lake view and every day they gave us complimentary fresh fruit, cookies and bottled water. The staff were very friendly and always available/willing to help (but did not intrude on our personal space).
In the evening, when the sun begins to set you hear the loud cries of birds, we were surprised to learn they were parakeets, hundreds of them flocking to the trees outside the hotel for night. The noise was deafening at first, but they quiet down quickly. It is a nightly show (really, people literally go outside to watch it).
Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace overlooks the lake palaces. It is a lovely place for a drink (450 Rps) and dinner (850 Rps). We had dinner here one evening and were lucky enough to see fire works going off over the lake. Breakfast is included with the room price and this is where you eat in the morning. The breakfast is great, fresh baskets of pastry, toast, croissants. Small jars of preserves and butter. They serve eggs and bacon, waffles with whipped cream and fruit sauces.
The City Palace museum is a must see (entrance is only 25 Rps for an adult). You can also take a 1 hour boat ride (300 Rps for an adult) and you are allowed to get off and spend time on Jagmindar Island Palace. There are washroom facilities and a nice bar where you can get drinks. After you are done, you can catch the next boat going back (so if you have time, plan to spend an hour on the island).
Central Courtyard has a Chowk with reasonably priced stores. There is one which has a Bookstore and carpets/textiles on the main floor but go upstairs, where they have souvenirs, jewelry and even mouse pads with a beautiful scene of the Lake Palace. There is also a store that sells great sandals for good prices (but as always, bargain) and other leather items like wallets.
There is a European style café that serves good food (sandwiches, etc.), a variety of alcoholic drinks, Diet coke (130 Rps) and great desserts (355 Rps) like pies and chocolate/walnut tortes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where once the Maharanas of Mewar held court, today you can hold forthLocated on the eastern shores of the picturesque Lake Pichola, the palace seems to have floated straight out of a fairytale.The history-soaked interiors, dotted with miniature paintings, portraits, royal artefacts and the armoury of the Mewar dynasty transport you to legendary times.The suites and rooms decorated with original paintings and period furniture from the toshakhanas or royal storerooms, cocoon you in velvety luxury as you soak in the ever-changing hues of the lake from large arched windows. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fateh Prakash Palace Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel Udaipur