City of Lakes
Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
45Trip End Mar 18, 2011
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We also thought that it would be fun to take an “Indian Cooking Class” so we signed up at a restaurant and learned how to cook and then eat our lunch! It was very fun and interesting.
We visited the two of the three places below:
Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559
Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjan Garh Palace The summer resort of the Maharajas is atop the hill overlooking all of the lakes. This palace had a way to collect rain water for consumption all year around.
Lake Palace (only guests can see):
The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746. It is made of marble and is situated on Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola. It was originally built as a royal summer palace, but is now a luxury 5 Star hotel (running about $1000 USD per night), operating under the "Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces" banner.
The City as a location in Popular Movie Culture :
Indian sections of the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, the sixth to star Roger Moore were filmed in the city, the Lake Palace and the Monsoon Palace.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) starting Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman, the city had major parts in the film “the Himalaya scenes” and “the International Airport shown near the end is the old terminal building”.