The Oberoi Udaivilas, an emperor’s palace by the Lakes of Rajasthan
In the west of India, the land becomes dry, but in the province of Rajasthan, there are mountains in the southern part of the region that catches the cooler moisture that rolls in during the monsoon season. In these hills and valleys, the rain is deeply stored and the forests flourish. There are two lakes that have made up their beds in a lowland here, Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, and these cooling waters have seen the old town of Udaipur grow up along their shores, on a piece of land that runs between them. Along the shores of Lake Pichola, the beautiful and serene white marble domes of the Oberoi Udaivillas luxury resort stand on a great estate, where the trees wave in the mountain breezes, and where the Maharaja of Mewar once hunted game on the shoreline.
Today, the forests of the grand estate still serve as home to deer and boar, and the guests of the Udaivilas stroll along the lakeside, enjoying the perfect calmness and peaceful views of the lake. The grounds of the hotel are a complex set of facilities, and they include reflecting pools, landscaped gardens, long galleries of arched halls, pavilions that are perfect for picnicking, and docks ready to welcome you to boat tours of the large lake. On the lavish grounds of The Oberoi Udaivilas, a pair of strikingly attractive swimming pools, one about 27 meters in length and decorated in a bold checkerboard pattern, stands ready to cool off the guests. Energetic visitors can also enjoy the volleyball court, the putting green and the croquet lawn situated on the shoreline, and perfect for enjoying the view as you crack your mallets.