It was in Udaipur that we decided to splurge a bit and stay at the Lake Palace Hotel, one of the most exotic Heritage Hotels of India. Maharana Jagat Singh II built this vivacious and irresistible palace in 1754. Situated on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola, this elegant white Palace was the summer residence of the rulers of Mewar, which has now been converted into a luxury hotel.
The first night, after putting the children to bed, Lori and I decided to explore this 4 acre property and found ourselves on a roof top illuminated by the full moon. We sat in silence and just marveled at where were, a peak moment in life. After some time we were discovered by a hotel employee, the roof was not meant for guests. We chatted a bit with him and he asked if there was anything he could do for us to make our stay more pleasant, perhaps something to drink and some snacks? He returned with a plate of mixed kabobs, mint and tamarind chutneys and freshly brewed masala chai. Whenever I eat kabobs I am transported to that magical palace rooftop in the middle of Lake Pichola.