Checking in at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is simply magical. A once in a life time experience. The fact that you can sleep in a Maharana’s summer palace in the middle of Lake Pichola is just crazy!
When I travelled to Udaipur in December last year, I was gazing over the lake at that beautiful floating hotel and I said to myself “when my contract is over in India, I’m going to stay there no matter how much it costs me”. So, now that my contract as an expat in India was coming to a close in June, I did just that.
So, fast forward to my last weekend in India. I’m riding in the royal transfer boat to one of the top hotels in the world with last nights make up on, vomit in my hair, hardly a wink of sleep and stressed after missing my original flight from Delhi. It wasn’t exactly the entrance I was expecting to make! How you ask? I’ll let you know.
It was my last Friday night in India and naturally, I wanted to go out with a bang. My work colleagues and I decided to go out in Sector 29, Gurgaon. My flight was at 7am the next morning. I decided, to be safe, that my Cinderella time would be midnight. But it didn’t quite happen like that.
As I was moving my whole house out of India, had been a low key insomniac for a week due to the stress of packing up my life here and been running around like a headless chicken. I may have got a teensy bit too drunk on champagne and it went to my head.
I woke up with a start to a massive bang on my door; ‘Sophie! Sophie!’ You know that feeling when it suddenly hits you that you’ve not set an alarm and wake up with 40 minutes before your flight is due to take off? No? Well, I tell you it’s not pretty.
I leap out of bed and answer the door. Look down and it seems I had been sick. Yum. My colleague said, “you’ve overslept…. and you’ve been sick”. How embarrassing. *Groan and face palm*
Hoping by some miracle that my flight would be delayed, I sprung into slightly still drunk action and grabbed my case I packed the night before. Threw on new clothes, brushed my teeth and asked my taxi to drive as fast as lightning to Delhi airport. As I was staying at the Taj Lake Palace, I would have sold my very soul to make it there!
I get to the domestic terminal at the airport. My flight’s already taken off and I have to get another flight out of Delhi in 5 hours. So, I had to make camp in T1 looking like a dog turd. I almost teared up as the sympathetic eyes of the barista looked at me in Costa.
Before and after. Line up boys! ;)
But, on the up side. I did have two compliments on how great I looked that morning – maybe I should do this more often (jokes)! Lesson learned kids, don’t plan a night out when you have a flight at 7am the next morning!
Against all the odds, I finally landed into Udaipur 5 hours later and was on my way to a much better place in Lake Pichola. Hats off to the Taj team for letting me in and treating me like a queen despite my woes! It was SO worth the hassle and the wait.
This is a guide to checking into the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.