This Taj Lake Palace, in a romantic lakeside town of Udaipur has gained international fame for its stunning white marble hotel located in the middle of beautiful Lake Pichola, backdropped by the Arvalli Mountains. It is also the location where several scenes were shot for the movie Octopussy, the legendary James Bond film from the early 1980′s
The brilliant early morning sun rays has transformed this charming heritage hotel seemingly float on the lake to bright golden glow, like a fire in the desert sky. Not what you’d typically expect from the desert region of Rajasthan.
It serves as a reminder that Rajasthan is a world in its own, naturally raw and most of all, culturally rich. One day, Rajasthan’s secluded towns might be transformed into busy tourist hubs, and the tinge of authenticity will be gone.
My own dream is that this Jewel of Mewar stays still in time and that the future waits just a bit longer to arrive...
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emilbo (22262) 2013-05-31 6:35
Cette photo est merveilleuse et bien captée dans une belle atmosphère de tranquillité. Il valait la peine de te lever tôt pour prendre ces édifices dans une belle lumière matinale. Une photo de qualité avec de splendides reflets.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne journée,
claudeD (30437) 2013-05-31 8:34
very fe picture showing this amazing location under the evening sun. Excellent colors and perfect sharpness. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
danos (83053) 2013-05-31 8:37
very nice the colours and the warm ight as falling on the Taj Lake Palace.I like the excellent presentation as the superb clarity and the quality of the image.
The waters that surround the construction make the image even more effective.
yquem46 (38380) 2013-05-31 8:52
Excellent warm golden light on this hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola, as well as on the waters
Unfortunately, I was not allowed to have a coffee there !!
have a nice WE
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-31 9:10
So wonderful composition with awesome colors and perfect lightning usage.Very good POV and framing. I like very much the details and the atmosphere.
All the best
adramad (35317) 2013-05-31 9:36
I resume my activity in TE, after two weeks of travel in Cordoba, Avila and Barcelona, where I enjoyed the company of my friends Josepmarin and Pili, wonderful hosts.
Wonderful composition showing the beauty of this palace on the lake, perfect the golden hues of afternoon sun, illuminating the façade and the beautiful colors on the surface of the lake.
It's a great composition and I love it.
Magnificent light and crisp, with a beautiful chromaticism.
Enjoy a great weekend.
ourania (26348) 2013-05-31 9:45
what a beautiful and romantic place, what an interesting building! Your composition is excellent, the tight framing and the space you gave to the foreground make the impact of the lovely, warm and intense light stronger. I like very much how the golden glow of the palace is translated into soft reflections. The details on the building have been captured superbly. The little boat and the depth beyond the palace bring great balance in the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
cornejo (27979) 2013-05-31 10:47
Hello Abmdsudi, lovely view of this beautiful floating hotel with the beautiful lighting of the first rays of sun, very well captured in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting image of a lovely place, very good sharpness, depth, light and color. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings and best wishes from southern Spain.
Romano46 (16578) 2013-05-31 10:50
la grande Udaipur: una delle città indiane più famose nel mondo per la sua bellezza ricca di fascino.
Vedendola si deve ammettere che la sua fama è tutta meritata, ma in questo caso il merito è anche tuo per la bella foto che la rappresenta, splendida per composizione e per luce.
I particolari sono molto netti e chiari grazie ad una ripresa molto curata; i colori incantevoli rendono a perfezione tutta la magia del luogo.
Ciao e buona serata
SnapRJW (29282) 2013-05-31 11:04
Hello Abmdsudi - So romantic, can I be a Princess and live here please? I would love to see one of these old palaces for myself, it congers up such exotic images in my mind. Glorious light and finely captured detail .... beautiful. Have a lovely weekend Rosemary
rychem (19443) 2013-05-31 11:09
Very attractive subject and fantastic shot with warm and soft light, great sharpness and composition
pajaran (48397) 2013-05-31 11:15
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled ujutru na palatu u jezeru ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana palata i trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu arhitekture.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Good text with the given data ...
Nice view in the morning at the palace in the lake ...
Good composition, beautiful palaces and time shown with the light pointed out the beauty of the architecture.
All the best for the weekend.
Noel_Byrne (20720) 2013-05-31 11:16
I have always admired Indian architecture, albeit from a great, great distance, and I can safely say this is one of the most beautiful examples I have seen. That the architect built this overlooking and perched on the edge of a lake is a wonderful idea and creates such an idyllic scene. The warmth of the sun positively glows off the white marble and the deep blue water is so inviting. Someday I WILL stay here :)
dip (23520) 2013-05-31 11:50
you were at right time there where the early morning sunbeams give wonderful warm tones to the building and amazing reflections on the blue water surface,
very well captured!
thanks for sharing,
Cricri (101257) 2013-05-31 12:01
Beau moment pris sous la douceur de la lumière matinale, bel effet sur l'eau, une belle architecture au milieu du lac
Fis2 (81888) 2013-05-31 13:45
Excellent light, fantastic colors.
Very impressive picture!
carlo62 (27574) 2013-05-31 15:18
un luogo bellissimo, ogni angolo ha una sua particolarità ed il corrispondente splendido riflesso.
Bella inquadratura e bei colori.
nikkitta (13220) 2013-05-31 16:02
I am following you, it seems we did more or less the same trajectory in India
I was lucky to stay at the Palace , a dream come true
This capture at an early hour gives the palace a golden light quite different of how it looks at the sun
I asked about the possible future of the hotel , afraid as you about it, I was told that the Raha of Udaipur lives with his wife at the opposite palace working both, he as administer (a good one)of his enterprises and her with works of charity ( hospitals , health care)
I was told both are loved because they give work and worried about their health
Greetings and TFS
adidas5nb (4480) 2013-05-31 17:47
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-05-31 19:13
I've seen many shots of these palaces built in the middle of Indian lakes lately, Abmdsudi, and they continue to impress me. This one may be the biggest and most ornate I've seen - hard to imagine how difficult it must have been to coordinate the construction of a structure like this. Nice light and reflection in this peaceful shot. Thanks!
jjcordier (73228) 2013-05-31 22:35
Superbe photo de ce magnifique palais éclairé de la plus belle des façons.Je comprends tes craintes et espère que le Rajasthan gardera encore longtemps toute sa spécificité et son authenticité.
kato (11630) 2013-05-31 23:54
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Taj Lake Palace standing on lakeside and the beautiful/clam lake dyed to evening glow. This hotel looks like very elegant and gorgeous hotel since it consists of good designs and perfect white wall. And, it's good contrast with blue lake. And, the color layers in lake surface draws out a good atmosphere in this image as well as the boat passing through the lake with wake behind a sailing boat.
Silvio1953 (115857) 2013-06-01 4:39
Ciao Abmdsudi, great view of fantastic building, fashinating reflections, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (20389) 2013-06-01 5:55
A long time ago I've visited Rajasthan and Udaipur and have also briefly been in this palace (then limited options for visitors). It's certainly a very romantic place.
The light of the early morning sun enhances this atmosphere.
Beautiful colour reflections in the lake.
Best regards, Paul
dkmurphys (46162) 2013-06-01 6:53
What a spectacular place. The buildings along the river are quite attractive into the golden sunlight. Wonderful atmosphere of peace.
Good catch, enjoy a fine day.
jemaflor (80658) 2013-06-01 7:26
Great pov on the monument and excellent light with golden tones on your photo, I like too these reflections on water, well made.
Graal (95343) 2013-06-01 10:33
amazing lake palace. Good shot and presentation. I like the contrast and colors. Interesting place in India. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
krzychu30 (15332) 2013-06-01 14:01
that´s really an incredible location for a hotel.I see you also came to like early morning shots and seeing the outcome of your work(but also previous photos)I can easly understand why.The sun illuminating one side of the building let the building glow with so wonderful,golden colors.Another magnificent presentation of India!
marabu61 (7353) 2013-06-01 15:09
That light on the Taj Lake Palace hotel is simply gorgeous. Great colors in the water and on the building also.
Gorgeous in all senses indeed
have a good weekend
adores (34368) 2013-06-01 18:55
This is another beautiful palace and once again you got the perfect light for the shot. Very well framed. I like the little boat arriving there.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-02 8:28
I love the Lake Palace, but not to stay there, that is very expensive, but to watch it all day around. You came in late afternoon and could produce a very warm and mystical photograph with vibrant colour hues. Well done
npecanhuk (60854) 2013-06-02 18:39
Unique and exotic place!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
bayno (18342) 2013-06-03 5:36
One of the few parts of rajasthan that I still have to visit, but I have set out to do it soon, great shot, you've chosen a wonderful time for your shot, the light is beautiful and the palace really charming and gorgeous as only Rajdot could do, excellent details and POV, very beautiful even rippled reflections on the water ...excellent work...
mkamionka (29215) 2013-06-03 6:11
beautiful capture! I like very much the contrast of the well lit building with the dark surrounding. The side light makes a great effect. There seem to be a nice boat approaching it from the right.
The architecture seems to be typical for this area. Low light creates a wonderful atmosphere here.
mcmtanyel (10447) 2013-06-10 9:30
Well caught and well rendered with an informative note from the heart. From the thumbnail, I thought this was a flooded out building but I am happy to find out that the water is where it's supposed to be.
I love the sheen of early morning sun off the eastern facades of the building while the northern facades remain dark and mysterious. The reflections on the water are icing on the cake.
Didi (55029) 2013-06-24 9:21
Interesting game between lateral lights and shades
Good dominant point of view
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2013-06-30 12:32
I visit you every day and it feels like I am visiting the Dreamland of fantasy travels, of exotic places always live in my dreams but never conquered.
Brilliant and extraordinary moment of the day, fabulous and exciting Palace, an image that brings out all the romantic and soothing feelings of the heart!
may you always travel to the world and share your journeys!
warm wishes and regards,
mirosu (12518) 2013-11-11 3:00
Brilliant photo from beautiful, historical Rajasthan. You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and bright tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see water castle with elegant shape. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color & light balance. And, the beautiful reflections draw out an additional good atmosphere, too. Very well done my friend. Thank you for posting this beautiful photo.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (39538)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-31 5:42