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Umaid Bhawan Palace

History

Located at the royal city of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world's grandest royal residences. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is counted amongst the top heritage hotels of India. Maharaja Umaid Singh assigned a London firm to build it and 15 years later he got this magnificent sandstone palace, the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Palace was originally foreseen as a drought relief measure and the purpose was to provide employment to famine stricken farmers, by successive years of drought.

The Umaid Bhawan provides an unmatched experience of a truly regal lifestyle and is the first heritage palace to use air-conditioning, electricity and elevators. The royal family of Jodhpur converted the palace into three functional parts – a luxury hotel, royal residence, and a museum.

The style of construction is distinctive of the Rajputana style with beautiful balconies, attractive courtyards, appealing terraces, green gardens and imperial rooms. The royal abode, most remarkable for its size and dimensions, is the finest existing example of indo-colonial art-deco style. The palace has 347 chambers and each room has been elegantly furnished with antique furniture pieces. Beating the grandeur of the other guest rooms are the Maharaja and Maharani suites formerly used by Maharaja Umaid Singh and his Maharani. Some of the old domestic helpers of the royal family are still there to cater to the present day guests with the cordial hospitality that has always been a unique hallmark of the palace.

The part of the Umaid Bhawan Palace which has been transformed into a heritage hotel has an admirable interior decor, invaluable antiques and artefacts, and it also treasures the paintings and murals from the Ramayana. The palace provides the today's traveller with all the modern amenities along with aspects of royal living. Lush green gardens adorn the exteriors of the palace and the open lawns create a serene yet spectacularly royal ambience.

There is also a museum within the palace which exhibits a fine set of display section, including arms, ornate furniture, and exquisite collection of antique clocks and priceless China vases that were a part the personal collection of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. Other items on show are rare assortment of rocks, glass and crystal ware, snapshots etc.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is between October and February when the weather is cool and pleasant. During summers, the temperatures rise up to the mid 40s Celsius which makes way for desert sandstorms.

Trivia

It took three thousand artisans 14 years to create the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is one of the largest residences in the world.

The Umaid Bhawan Palace is renowned for the Chittar sandstone used in its construction that keeps it from weathering, which is why the palace is also known as the Chittar Palace.

Timing

The daily opening hours of the Umaid Bhawan Palace are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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