Balsamand Lake Palace
Jodhpur is among the most fascinating cities of Rajasthan and there is no second opinion required to establish this fact. It is a heavenly abode to some of the best, most beautiful and oldest structures and palaces of the state of Rajasthan. One such structure, away from the noise and hustle-bustle of the city is the beautiful and majestic Balsamand Palace, situated by the popular Balsamand Lake.
Situated only 8 kilometers away from the main city of Jodhpur, the Balsamand Palace seems to be a completely different universe. The history behind this palace is not a lot as it was just a lavish palace for the pleasures of the Rathore rulers and the Mughals. Let’s explore the history a little more and then move on to the attractions of the place.
History of the Balsamand Lake Palace
At first the palace was not built but the lake was constructed during the 12th century and was followed by the exclusive red stone palace engineered by Maharaja Jaswant Singh I in the 17th century, whose mausoleum is popular in the name of Jaswant Thada. During this period the Rathore rulers had a really strong presence in the current state of Rajasthan while the Mughal emperors controlled a major portion of India from their capital which covers the current area of Delhi.
It was considered to be the favorite picnic spots of the Mughal emperors even though the region was ruled by the Rathore rulers, due to the attractive lake and the pleasant surroundings. It was a pleasure palace for them during the monsoons and later on came to be known as the Monsoon Palace. Although at present it has been completed renovated and is suitable for visitors throughout the year, which brings us to the attractions of the Balsamand Lake Palace.
Tourist Attractions at the Balsamand Lake Palace
The lake palace of Balsamand has currently been converted to a Heritage hotel and is replete with all the modern amenities, including a health spa. The hotel inclusive of the lake is spread across an area of 60 acres and comprises of 10 extraordinary suites furnished with royal dining cubicles, sofa sets, cozy chaise lounges place by the windows of each suite along with large Jacuzzi bathing areas.
Apart from the renovated interiors of the Palace turned Heritage hotel, even the exteriors are equally gorgeous and a treat to the eyes of the visitors. The large gardens, the crystal clear water of the lake, the manicured lawns and the exclusive Rose garden make one relive the lives of the kings and queens who had resided in the palace before being converted to a hotel. These rose gardens are located within private garden rooms and there are 26 of such garden rooms placed within a circle surrounded by the lawns.
This entire exploration of the gardens of the Balsamand Palace is a special Garden Retreat that is open to all alongside the guests residing within the hotel. This is still one of the best picnic spots of Jodhpur and its maintenance is paid for by the royal family currently residing in the Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur.
The Balsamand Lake Palace is a business or work traveler’s unexpected gift of peace, beauty and serenity and a haven for those who love to relive the royal experiences as was felt by the kings and queens of Jodhpur. So do not miss out on this beautiful palace replete with exotic experiences, the next time you visit Jodhpur.