Living like a Maharaja
Flaming Torches in a Grand Palace that illuminate Royal Mystique
Umaid Bhawan Palace has been the principal residence of Jodhpur’s royals, ever since it was built in 1943. One of the largest residences of the world, this grand palace has 347 rooms with 76 rooms for its royal guests. Built in golden yellow sandstone, Umaid Bhavan sparkles in all the fashionable Art Deco glory, so reminiscent of the British Raj period. Stay at the palace is one of the most memorable golden moments of luxury India tours that you will want to extend forever.
Set amidst 26 acres of beautifully planned and maintained gardens, Umaid Bhavan Palace now belongs to Taj Group of Hotels and Resorts, known for its trademark hospitality services and legendary heritage properties. Peacocks dancing in all their plumage glory is a common sight at Umaid Bhavan, especially in the monsoons. Exotic murals, gilt furniture and elegant artwork constitute its lush interiors but it is the 105-foot central cupola that catches your attention with its opulence and majesty, as soon as you enter the palace.
Renaissance-inspired cupola, fountain courtyard and typically Rajputana towers are not the only royal connections that the palace claims. If you are interested in knowing about the palace’s history, there is an enriching palace museum and library for you but if you are on an India tour to live the life of a Maharaja, you are welcome to enjoy the traditional royal sports in India such as golf, polo, and horse riding. Treasure memories in form of souvenirs and ethnic wear that you can buy at the Jawahar Boutique - the royal shop at the palace. Here, you will prices a bit steeper than the bazaars of the city but the display is amazing and of an exclusive premium quality.
Themed historical suites at Umaid Bhavan are a craze for obvious reasons. The Norblin bath carved out a single piece of pink Italian marble and the mural of Goddess Kali in black glass graces the very feminine Maharani Suite. The large balcony overlooking the palace gardens and offering copious views of the Mehrangarh Fort make it all the more desirable. Masculinity dominates the Maharaja Suite, once the private chamber of Maharaja Umaid Singh himself. The secret bar, the spa therapy room, Norblin frescoes of tigers, horses, and leopards, and views of the palace courtyards contribute to the grace of this luxury suite.