The city of lakes Udaipur is the epitome of the majestic and glorious culture of Mewar, from the extravagant and the magnificent to the modest. Listed as the jewel in the diadem of India’s rich heritage and history, Mewar’s record of valor and prowess goes beyond the tales of its legendary emperors, but also intrigues you with its splendid and imposing structures.There are several magnificent and historic forts, palaces, and heritage properties across the city that have been converted into luxury accommodations, and offer discerning tourists a sense of luxury and splendor.
Majestic and magnificent Shiv Niwas Palace,situated in the heart of Udaipur is one such heritage property which has redefined the way hospitality is viewed and altered the way it is perceived and interpreted. Located on the banks of the picturesque Pichola lake, this majestic palace stands awe-inspiring and vibrant.Being a guest in such a luxurious and regal setting made me feel privileged. The warm hospitality, impeccable service, and graciousness of the hotel were outstanding throughout my stay.
The moment we saw the impressive structure for the first time, we were awestruck. After entering ShivPol and being driven to the reception area by a cart, it was as if one stepped back into the past. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a bouquet of flowers and offered welcome drinks. We were shown around the hotel quickly, then taken to our room
Our room offered an amazing view with a private balcony overlooking the city on one side, and the lake on the other side. All the details of the room emphasized royalty and elegance, such as light blue walls, chandeliers, and luxurious furnishings. The rooms in Shiv Niwas have their own unique charm with domed ceilings, intricate art work, which illustrates the fervor of the Rajputs towards art. I loved everything about their bathroom – from their porcelain tubs with petals to the intricate frescos and marble used everywhere in addition to the soothing and elegant colour scheme. A small sitting area was attached to our room’s verandah, where one could lie back and watch the city go by.
After relaxing for some time in our room we went downstairs to the multi cuisine restaurant Paantya, (a Mewari word meaning ‘sitting in line, in protocol’) where we ate a lavish and delicious meal. Because of the Covid-like situation, the restaurant only offered a la carte menu. It offered various delicacies, such as biryani, fish, and laal manas, but we decided to try only the vegetarian portions, leaving the non-vegan dishes for dinner. From the ala carte menu, we picked vegetarian specialties including assorted breads, signature daal, crispy veg with ladyfinger and spinach (this one was very flavorful and unique). Every time I have traveled to different cities in Rajasthan, I always order Daal panchratni, Daal tadka, and Daal Makhani because every dish of daal is topped with a lot of seasoning, ghee, and spices. With a touch of tandoori flavor, these daals are more flavorful and savory. Furthermore, Rajasthan makes some of the best chaat in the world as well, so if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan, then you should try its tangy and crispy chaat and traditional desserts.
According to our information, this was originally a part of Maharana Fateh Singh Ji’s private residence, and was later turned into a tourist attraction. It was converted into a guest house for dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth. Shiv Niwas is part of the HRH hotel chain in Udaipur. In the current state of ownership, the property is owned by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. Under the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh ji, the palace was built in the 20th century and has been preserved and maintained to offer a luxurious experience laced with historical heritage. The City Palace Museum is an imposing structure that provides a glimpse of Mewar culture, its ethos and anecdotes of valour,The evening light and sound show here narrates the saga of Mewar since its conception, this show is a must-see, and your visit is incomplete without seeing it.