James Bond Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur

Get Your Martini Shaken, Not Stirred at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel from ‘Octopussy’

Are you tired of living out your James Bond fantasies vicariously through the movies? Well, now’s your chance to live out your 007 dreams for real – because you can now travel to the Taj Lake Palace Hotel, AKA the ‘Floating Lair’ from Octopussy. That’s right, folks – you can now stay in the very same luxurious hotel that Bond himself stayed in while investigating a smuggling ring in India. Imagine waking up to breathtaking views of Lake Pichola, just like Bond did. Imagine striding through the hotel’s marble halls, feeling like a real-life secret agent.

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James Bond Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur

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James Bond’s 1983 Octopussy features one of the most iconic hotels in the franchise: the Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, India. Located in the heart of the city, the stunning white marble palace sits on a small island in the middle of Lake Pichola. The hotel was originally built in 1746 as a summer palace for the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar, and was later converted into a luxury hotel.

In the film Octopussy, Bond (played by Roger Moore) visits the Taj Lake Palace Hotel while investigating a smuggling ring in India. The hotel serves as the backdrop for several key scenes in the film, including a high-stakes game of backgammon and a dramatic chase scene through the hotel’s elaborate gardens. It’s also been featured in several other films and television shows, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Amazing Race. It remains a popular tourist destination to this day, offering guests luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding city.

James Bond Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur

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In addition to its cinematic and historical significance, the 65-room and 18-suite hotel is also known for its luxurious amenities and exceptional service. It features a spa, fitness centre, and several fine dining options, as well as a range of activities for guests to enjoy, including boat rides on the lake and cultural performances.

The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is known for its opulent guest rooms and grand colonial architecture. Many original details from centuries ago have been preserved, including various archways that frame the Aravalli Hills, Jag Mandir, and City Palace. Most stunningly, the palace appears to float on the water because it was built on a natural foundation of rock on the Jag Niwas islands. When the tide is high, the base island is completely submerged, creating the illusion that the palace is floating on the water.

So don’t wait any longer – start packing your bags and get ready to live out your James Bond dreams at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Who knows – you might even get to outsmart some villains while you’re there. Just make sure to keep an eye out for any bad guys trying to sabotage your vacation.

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James Bond Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur

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James Bond Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur

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