One of India’s Historic Resort Hotels, the splendid Shiv Niwas Palace is situated in the ancient and beautiful city of Udaipur, in the state of Rajasthan. It’s a beautiful base from which to explore the city, which is built on the banks of the three lakes – Pichola, Udai Sagar and Swarroop Sagar, and offers a rich variety of historical and cultural experiences, with exquisite palaces, temples, baoris, gardens and havlies to enjoy.
Now classified as a Grand Heritage Palace, the crescent-shaped Shiv Niwas was built in the early 20th century in the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, specifically to house visiting dignitaries and guests of the House of Mewar. Today it offers 17 splendid and individual rooms and different suites, featuring original furniture and portraits that have been in the royal family for centuries. But there is nothing old-fashioned about its facilities –here, the unparalled hospitality and elegance of last century is matched by the modern luxury of the 21st century. But this palace was built for royalty and the enormous, ornately carved beds, gigantic chandeliers, spacious, elegant sitting rooms and sumptuous bathrooms – not to mention the beautiful pool deck, and upper terrace – will take your breath away.
The Shi Niwas has a beautiful outdoor pool and deck where you can while away the days very comfortably soaking up the sun – temperatures can rise to 40°C in summer, you have been warned – and taking the occasional dip to cool off. And then there is the Paghat Spa, with three treatment rooms dedicated to Ayurvedic, Aroma and Swedish massage, and a salon where you can enjoy all kinds of beauty treatments. And then, if you can bear to leave the palace for a while, there’s all the cultural and historical attractions of Udaipur to explore, with its temples, and gardens including the famous Saheliyon ki Bari and Gulab Bagh, The City Palace is a majestic edifice set on a hill overlooking the lake, and made up of courtyards, pavilions, terraces and hanging gardens. The Mor Chowk is know n particularly for its peacock glass mosaics, and the Chini Chitrashala for its blue and white ceramics. For retail therapy there are souvenir and lifestyle boutiques where you can buy mementoes, miniature pa
Enjoy a varied breakfast, lunch and dinner menu including continental, Mughlai, and authentic Rajasthani cuisine with a magnificent view of the city, in the elevated and magnificent surroundings of the Paantya, which is adorned with original paintings of the Mewar School, as well as gold latticework and antique chandeliers. Magical candlelit dinners are served on the Pool Deck, accompanied by soft instrumental music; during the day this is also open for drinks ad snacks beside the pool. The Palki Khana café serves lights meals, coffees and heritage liqueurs all day and delicious dinners in the evenings, while the Panera bar (named after the paani or water storehouse of the royal household) is situated beside the pool and has beautiful authentic glass inlay work, huge chandeliers and ornate mirrors, as well as a great range of drinks and snacks. For a special treat, take a boat ride to the Jagmandir Island Palace, set on an island in Lake Pichola, where there’s a great bar and the D
City PalaceUdaipur 313001 (Rajasthan)India