Bhavan is one of the most fascinating monuments in Jodhpur that represents a
perfect amalgamation of past royal lifestyle and modern lifestyle. The
construction of the palace began in 1929 and it was completed in the year 1943.
The construction time was extended so as to provide employment to the drought
and grief-stricken workers and farmers.
present, the palace constitutes a museum, heritage hotel, and the private
residence of the royal family of Raja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur. The heritage hotel is equipped with all types
of luxurious amenities and it’s known for awesome royal hospitality. The
award-winning hotel will fascinate you with its soothing ambience and
unparalleled dining experiences. The palace is also frequently visited by
eminent personalities. Recently, the popular couple, Priyanka Chopra and Nick
Jonas were spotted spending quality time at the palace.
Bhawan Palace has 347 magnificent rooms and these have been divided into three
parts. One part is the residence of the royal family and no visitors are
allowed inside. The second section is a museum that exhibits various royal
artifacts, armors, photographs, clocks, puppets, and various other belongings
of the royal family.
part of the palace has been transformed into a luxurious five-star heritage
hotel that provides awesome facilities to its customers. It is one of the most
popular hotels in India known for its regal ambience and is nestled on the top
of the Chittar Hill. Therefore, this hotel is also popularly known as Chittar
Palace. The palace also has a well-maintained lush green garden with a variety
of shrubs and flowers blooming throughout the year.
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Umaid Bhavan Palace
Jodhpur used to be a prosperous region under
the reign of Rathore rulers. However, misery befell on the city right after the
sage cursed the city and consequently, Jodhpur experienced a severe drought for
three continuous years. The masses were in acute misery and hence, Maharaja
Umaid Singh, began the construction of the palace so as to provide employment
to the farmers.
The sole motive behind the construction was to
provide welfare and relief measures to the poor. The construction began in the
year 1929 and was completed in 1943 thus; it generated consistent employment
and helped the suffering farmers. It helped around 3000 people and incurred a
cost of 11 million rupees at that time.
Architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester was the
mastermind behind conceptualizing the blueprint design of the palace. He
envisaged a monument with a perfect blend of classical Indian architectural
style and western style.
Architecture of Umaid Bhavan Palace
The palace represents the epitome of
Beaux-Arts style and its interiors are made of highly polished and intricately
designed Makrana marble, golden yellow sandstone, and Burmese teak wood. There
are 347 rooms in the palace with sprawling courtyards and a dining hall that
can accommodate around 300 guests. The palace also has a private meeting room,
general meeting room known as Durbar Hall, a chamber that houses the throne of
the king, swimming pool and spa, two squash courts with marble flooring,
private dining rooms, a ballroom, billiards room, a library, and four tennis
In the year 1971, Gaj Singh II converted a
part of the palace into a luxurious suite. The hotel constitutes 70 rooms with
the options of Maharaja and Maharani Suites. Maharani suite has a wooden floor
and offers a great view of the garden, while the Maharaja Suite has a black
marble flooring and a curved mirror dome. The banquet hall has been converted
into a fabulous restaurant that offers a wide spectrum of delicious cuisine.
The Royal Residence
A major part of the palace has been retained
as a private residence of the Gaj Singh’s royal family. The mansion is one of
the largest private residence in the world that has an excellent architecture
and interior designing. The major attraction of the residence is the inner
sapphire dome that is mounted inside the central dome. The inner dome is
positioned at a height of 31 meters while the outer dome is situated at a
height of 13 meters.
The entrance of the palace opens into a
splendid polished black granite floored hall. The lounge area is beautifully
constructed with pink sandstone and marble flooring. The interior of the palace
represents art deco design which was designed by J.S. There is also a fresco –
decorated throne room in the east wing. However, this section of the palace is
not open to the public.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum exhibits unique
artifacts and belongings of the royal family. The museum houses glass and
chinaware, stuffed leopards, several memoirs such as a flag which was gifted to
King Jaswant Singh by Queen Victoria herself.
The museum also showcases a huge collection of
antique clocks and photographs that will put you in an awe-inspiring moment.
You will also witness the vintage cars of the Maharaja kept for display in the
front garden. There are kaleidoscopic paintings and murals, armors and other
royal household items on display in the Durbar House in the museum.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel
If you want to experience the taste of royal
hospitality then Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel is a perfect place for you to visit.
The rooms here offer the most luxurious and regal amenities available in the
hospitality world. You will be mesmerized by the picturesque view of the lush
green gardens from the rooms.
The hotel has an amazing in-house restaurant
that offers delicious continental and Indian fusion dishes. There is also a spa
in the resort, Jiva Grande Spa that offers a wide variety of relaxing
experiences such as Ayurvedic therapies, spa indulgences, Yoga and meditation,
beauty treatments, body scrubs, and wraps.
There are also several indoor and outdoor fun
activities in the hotel. There is a gym, billiards and pool room, squash
courts, polo, horse riding, golf, tennis court, and round the clock doctor and
nurse facilities for the needy or injured. The rooms here cost around INR
22,000 per night.
Best Time to Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace
The ideal time to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace is
during the winter months, i.e., between October to March.
Things to Do
There are a number of refreshing activities
that you can undertake while at the Umaid Bhawan. You can visit the Jaswant
Thada which is a cenotaph that is intricately carved out of marble stone. This
memorial is dedicated to the brave ruler Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. You will be
fascinated by its architecture that comprises portraits, domes and a gravestone
dedicated to a peacock which is believed to have flown into the Maharaja’s
Here, you can also opt for a “Heritage
walk”, which will take you straight into Jodhpur’s remarkable past. You
can take a guided walk around the premise and hear enthralling stories relating
to the Kings of Jodhpur.
How to Reach Umaid Bhawan Palace
The city of Jodhpur has efficient public and
private bus services. The central bus stand is 3 km away from the Umaid Bhawan
Palace. Taxis, auto-rickshaws, and tongas are the most accessible way of