Jagat Niwas Palace
Travelers on a budget will appreciate the many charms of this lakefront heritage hotel.
The Taj Lake Palace is one of the most famous heritage hotels in the world, and its rates are commensurate with its reputation. A rare few can afford its luxuries, but travelers in search of an equally charming experience will love Jagat Niwas Palace. This 17th-century haveli (grouping of private manors) is an architectural beauty, with whitewashed interior arcades encircling a central courtyard that is reached through a narrow archway from Jagdish Temple in the Old City. The rooms have phones and TVs, but this isn't the kind of place you visit to stay connected to the world. Antique furnishings, local textiles and traditional enclosed balconies will transport you back in time. The hotel is right on the lake, with a scenic restaurant overlooking the water.