# 1 out of 20 Top Heritage Hotels In India
Destination weddings. Old world charm. Tranquility of the lake waters, and the charming sunset. After all, the Taj Palace, Udaipur, has been voted as the most romantic heritage hotel in India and in t (Read More)he world for a reason. Formerly known as the Jag Niwas, the Heritage hotel, which used to be a royal summer palace, is located on a natural rock foundation on the Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India. The hotel operates a speed boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace. Every one of the palace's rooms holds a story and among the most compelling is The Chandra Prakash Suite, meaning Lustre of the Moon. Maharaja-style indulgences await you in the Lake palace. There's the royal Mewar fare at the Lily Pond, where royalty was welcomed in a grandiose style by the courtesans. Witness the purple sunset as you sail through the lake on a 150-year old royal barge. Interesting trivia about Taj Lake Palace: During the famous Indian Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 several European families fled from Nimach and used the island as an asylum, offered to them by Maharana Swaroop Singh. In order to protect his guests the Rana destroyed all the town's boats so that the rebels could not reach the island. As both royal abode and luxury hotel in India, the Taj Lake Palace has captured the affection of the likes of Lord Curzon, Vivien Leigh, Queen Elizabeth, the Shah of Iran, the king of Nepal and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.The palace was used as shooting place for several movies, including the James Bond film Octopussy.