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NEW DELHI: The Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur has been voted as the best in Asia as per the 2016 Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Eden Rock in St Barths has been voted the world’s best hotel. The hotel belongs to would-be in-laws of Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton.
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel – also known as Lake Palace – is built out of the former royal palace standing in the middle of Lake Pichola.
It has rooms with pure marble walls.
Rated also as the most romantic in the world, the Taj Palace Hotel services customers through `royal butlers’ who are descendants of the original royal butlers.
The original Lake Palace was built by Mewar ruler Jagat Singh in 1743-46 as their winter capital.
The palace has been the location of many films, including the James Bond film Octopussy, The Fall and Yeh Jawaani Hai Mastani.
Interestingly, many Europeans sought asylum in this palace during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. To protect these people, the then Maharana Swaroop Singh got all the boats destroyed so that the mutineers couldn’t reach the palace and harm the Europeans.