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Mice Net : December 2009
80 mice.net india and makes a stunning venue for a themed event. Taj Lake Palace Prior to boarding our transfer boat to the Lake Palace, we arrived at the Taj's exclusive lakeside departure point where staff in brilliant blue saris gave out cold flannels and tall flutes of champagne. At the Lake Palace, the former summer palace of the Maharaja Udai Singh, every detail in the historic guest rooms and magnificent suites has been carefully selected. "We don't redecorate like other hotels every seven years," said operations manager Siddharth Jain. "We maintain the heritage of the building as a Royal Palace." That evening we attended a private dinner on the palace's roof terrace surrounded by the glittering lights of Udaipur and the City Palace. The Leela Palace Prior to our 4WD journey to Jodhpur we visited The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur which adorns the banks of Lake Pichola. Opened earlier this year, it is as new as the Lake Palace is old, yet perfectly captures all the romance and splendour of a royal era. "This hotel is our flagship," said Abhishek Sharma the Leela's food and beverage manager. "It is our dream hotel. The owner's wife has been collecting the artefacts and materials for 20 years." Clearly much thought has gone into the property, a style that is reflected in the grandeur and opulence of the public spaces and in the 72 rooms and eight suites, all with lake views. Guests arrive by one of the Leela's decorated boats or by luxury cars and enjoy such luxuries as their ESPA tented spa, a gym fitted with the finest equipment and personal trainers, while its flexible spaces allow a variety of seating styles for conferences and banquets from eight to 250 guests. Jodhpur En route to Jodhpur, responsible for the name and style of the trousers favoured by polo players, we visited the Ranakour Jain Temple, a grand and gigantic four facet structure constructed in the 14th century. Nearby we picnicked in the gardens of the 20-room, Ranakur Hill Resort, under the leafy canopy of mulberry trees - sans berries, happily. When Liz Hurley's wedding was held there she took over the entire palace and an additional 250 rooms in the city.