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Shiv Niwas Palace

Udaipur, India

Shiv Niwas Palace in Udaipur was built in the early 20th century, during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh and is now a luxurious hotel that hosted Roger Moore during the filming of the James Bond Film Octopussy in the 1980s.

At a Glance

  • Shiv Niwas boasts totally unique and impressive architecture retained from its Royal heritage

  • The Terrace Suites have unparalleled views of the Lake

  • During the filming of Octopussy, Shiv Niwas hosted Roger Moore in one of their Imperial Suites

  • Wonderfully located in the Palace complex, with easy access to the old city

  • Stunning pool located in the middle of the courtyard with poolside dining options

Couples, Culture, Honeymoon,

Insider's View

The Terrace Suites are a MUST. Beautiful airy rooms built into the old turrets of the palace, with large terraces. Make sure you get one on the lake side the views are breath-taking.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

This is where Roger Moore stayed while filming Octopussy - his suite is amazing!

Scott Dunn team

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The palace, which used to be reserved exclusively for visiting dignitaries and guests of the House of Mewar, is now a stunning hotel offering 19 Palace Rooms and 17 individually decorated suites. This is a wonderfully unique property which will make you feel like royalty the moment you walk in. Each room has its own unique charm and vestiges of its past, boasting original furniture and portraits that have been with the royal family for generations. Despite this you will find that you have all the modern amenities that you could possibly need at your finger tips with pool situated in the center of the main courtyard and three restaurants at your disposal.

The hotel is located on the eastern shores of the picturesque Lake Pichola, with panoramic views of Udaipur city and the magnificent Lake Palace. The Terrace Suites are unparalleled when it comes to views of the Lake and the surrounding countryside. The hotel is centrally situated within the city palace complex and is only a short distance from the old city with all its beautiful shops and windy cobbled streets.


Shiv Niwas offers guest 36 wonderfully luxurious rooms and suites, each with its own distinct character. There are 19 Palace Rooms, 8 Terrace Suites, 6 Royal Suites and 3 Imperial Suites all of which are unparalleled for their splendour and views.

Palace Rooms
Imperial Suites
Royal Suite
Terrace Suites


Shiv Niwas Palace boasts access to all the amenities available to The City Palace Complex. There are three restaurants on the main land, venue opportunities at the two restaurants on Jagmandir island, and further bar options. Shiv Niwas also provides access to solar and motor boats that can take you on beautiful cruises around the lake, spa facilities, a stunning pool, and the special Maharana Mewar Library (on request). What is more, you will get the opportunity to listen to the Palace band at dusk and classical music in the evenings.


The hotel offers complimentary use of the swimming pool. Boating excursions, cultural tours and spa treatments are charged at an additional cost. You can visit the spectacular Monsoon and City Palaces, the latter has a museum inside showcasing an impressive collection of ancient sculptures, curios, antiques and inscriptions.

Location & Directions

Udaipur, India

Shiv Niwas Palace is located in the Palace complex in Udaipur.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degrees C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you don't mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach as high as 45 degrees C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degrees C to 38 degrees C, and the minimum is between 18 degrees C and 20 degrees C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evenings and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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