In the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, several palaces in and around the town of Udaipur, India were used, most notably Shiv Niwas Palace (Bond's hotel), the Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace which double as the home of Octopussy (played by Maud Adams) and Monsoon Palace (Kamal Khan's residence).
Shiv Niwas Palace
James Bond (played by Roger Moore) himself is staying in the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel. The name of the hotel is mentioned by the tuk-tuk driver who picks up Bond and Vijay and we see Bond check in. Later, Bond plays at the hotel casino and has dinner with Magda (Kristina Wayborn) next to the swimming pool. Shiv Niwas Palace is a former residence of the Maharana of Udaipur, Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The lake and the Taj Lake Palace can be seen from the hotel. Click here for prices and availability.
Taj Lake Palace
Later in the film, Bond visits Octopussy's home, a structure which is another palace, the Taj Lake Palace, also known as the floating palace, now a hotel. Located on a natural foundation of 4 acres (16,000 m2) rock on the Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola, the beautiful Taj Lake Palace hotel has 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls. Click here for prices and availability. The hotel can only be reached by boat (or crocodile suit) and features several filming locations, including the pond where Bond sees Octopussy and the terrace where Bond and Octopussy have a chat.
The palace was built in 1743 - 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II as a royal summer palace. Over the years the palace deteriorated badly and only in the 1960s the palace was finally restored and turned into a hotel. In 2000, a second restoration was undertaken.
Jag Mandir Palace
The exterior shots of Octopussy's home were taken at the Jag Mandir Palace, which is also built on an island in Lake Pichola. The elephant statues that can be seen when Kamal Khan arrives on the large boat and when Bond arrives in his crocodiles submarine are part of Jag Mandir Palace, and not of the Taj Palace Hotel. The flower garden and pond, seen a few moments after Khan's and Bond's arrivals, are part of the Taj Lake Palace.
Another film location in the area is Monsoon Palace, built on top of a hill, overlooking Udaipur. This palace appears as the residence of the villain Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), and is first mentioned in the film when Vijay tells Bond where Kamal Khan lives. Later, Bond is held captive in the palace, and dines there with Khan and Magda. Other sequences shot here include the arrival of the Soviet helicopter, the hunt for Bond on the grounds surrounding the palace after his escape and the finale with Octopussy's army attacking the palace.