It was my beloved wife’s birthday last month and in true mystery style, I asked her to apply for leave from office as “I was going to kidnap her”! And, that’s actually what I had planned! I didn’t book anything on a credit or debit card so that she does not even get a chance to know about my plan. I made the hotel and flight bookings with a friend’s credit card and my wife who was quite ecstatic about the kidnapping, stayed blissfully oblivious to all my elaborate plans!
Prior to this, my wife had traveled to Rajasthan once and that too during a university tour. It was just a short trip and not very great. She had once talked of visiting the awe-inspiring state again to see the stunning Palaces, but could not get a chance because of her busy schedule. Thanks to my job, I had earlier also had the opportunity to spend some unforgettable vacations in the majestic Palaces of Rajasthan. I wanted to make her birthday SUPER SPECIAL. So, I left no stone unturned to materialize her dream of seeing and staying in the palace like a QUEEN. The Palace that I chose for her was the one and only magnificent Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
Taj Lake Palace has always been closest to my heart whenever I visit Rajasthan. It seems that a majestic white carved beauty has emanated like a charming lotus flower from the lake. The Grand Palace stands proudly amidst the azure Lake Pichola and the captivating Aravalli ranges create the wonderful picture-perfect backdrop. In fact, it has also been the location for many a Bollywood film.
As soon as our flight landed on the Udaipur airport, all our weariness evaporated after seeing that an elegant heritage car was waiting to pick us up. My wife almost jumped in happiness as it was certainly a dream come true for her. It was just the trailer of surprises and there was more in store for her. I must confess that the car ride was just out of this world and truly incredible.
After a fun-filled car ride, we were ready to take a boat to reach the majestic palace. I had booked the Royal Suite and it was simply breathtaking! The suite was awesome, overlooking the beautiful lake. The room was opulent, comfortable and replete with all the luxurious facilities. We had a fabulous cup of coffee with delicious freshly baked cookies. After relaxing for some time, we opted to take a heritage walk of the hotel and the magnificent architecture captivated our attention.
Now, with the help of the friendly hotel staff, I had arranged a unique memorable Royal Dining experience for my wife at the exquisite Mewar Terrace of the hotel. A special table was set up and a personal butler was on hand to take care of the smallest details. A huge chocolate cake with some champagne was nicely decorated with flowers and candles. I was very delighted to see a big smile on my wife’s face and she gave me a tight hug. The traditional folk dance by the Rajasthani artists just magnetized us. We cherished traditional Rajasthani food under the umbrella of stars and moonlit sky. The whole ambiance soon turned out to be romantic and magical.
And then like a dream, the night ended and we went to our Suite dreaming of the luxurious lives of the ancient Rajasthani kings and grateful that we were able to relive some of the experiences!
The next morning, we checked out from the Palace not before taking some amazing pictures and enjoying a lip-smacking breakfast. My wife felt like a Queen and I was very happy that I was able to make her feel like one!
Manish is an expert blogger at Trans India Holidays, he has been writing for the last half a decade. His passion for traveling made him a travelogue. Manish's dream is to explore every nook and corner of the country. When he is not on board, he pens down his experience through articles and blogs.