Umaid Bhavan Palace
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Brief

Rajasthan is arguably the cultural epicenter of India. It is filled with beautiful heritage sites, and the edifices of the monarchy even before and during colonial times. The state is filled with palaces and other heritage spots which are beautiful, historical remnants of the legacy of the country, and Jodhpur, a city in Rajasthan, holds testament how full of this cultural beauty the whole state is. The city of Jodhpur is in itself filled with beautiful palaces, and other heritage structures and sites. And Umaid Bhavan Palace is perhaps a fitting testimony to the beauty this city as well as this state holds

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Jodhpur and the Umaid Bhawan Palace is between the months of October and March. The winters are pleasant in Rajasthan, but the summers are scorching hot, and it can get very unpleasant.

The palace is open from 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening for daily visitors. On Sundays, tourists are not allowed.



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Umaid Bhavan Palace is located on the Chittar hill in Jodhpur, which is the highest point in the city. This is why, initially, this palace was known as Chittar Palace. The construction of the site was initiated by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929, but the construction of this spectacular palace took sixteen years to complete. The chief architect in charge of the palace was H V Lanchester. He brought his Edwardian touch to the architecture, while being careful to not do away with its Indian heritage. The result was a gorgeous amalgamation of two separate, but complementary styles which were beautifully melded together to form, what was at one point, the largest private residence in the world. The palace contained 347 bedrooms all of which came together towards the spectacular central dome, which is about 110 feet high.

The palace, which now belongs to His Highness Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur, was built in the Indo-Art-Deco style which was favored so highly back then, and the interiors were undertaken by Polish interior designer, Stefan Norblin. The cost of construction of the whole palace was a staggering on crore, which was a huge fortune back then. The construction did not employ any use of mortar or cement. Instead, intricately carved rocks were placed together, joined by putting the negative and positive ones pieces and getting them interlocked. The palace also had separate entrances and quarters for men and women, as was the tradition, and this was maintained back then, so the construction too, was undertaken accordingly.

Many parts of India were drought ridden at that time, and the workers employed for building the palace worked on a “food for work” basis, which was a part of the famine relief program. It is said that in order to build this magnificent palace, about 5,000 men were employed. Today, the palace is divided into three parts. One of them is for the private residence of the royal family, another part has been under the supervision of the Taj group of hotels. This part has been converted into a luxury hotel, while keeping intact the ambience of this royal palace, and the third part has been turned into a museum.

While here, exploring the museum is an imperative. The beautiful section holds some very important relics of the royal family, including some very important heirlooms. Beautiful portraits depicting the older generations of the royal family, and some historical meetings, have been put up, and various artifacts, weapons and documents can be seen here. While here, partaking of some delicious Rajasthani food, fit for a royal fare, is something you must not miss out on. There are many restaurants in the hotel section of the palace, and the ambience, décor and the service will surely make you feel regal, and will allow you and your taste buds to experience the royal, regal life. Exploring the exterior of the palace is a must for those who love architecture and history. Each of the stone pieces were carved intricately, and the paintings as well as decorations done by Norblin in the inside is also awe-inspiring.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range: If you truly want to splurge and experience the royal life from up close, staying at the Umaid Bhawan Palace itself is a novel experience. Each of the 64 rooms under the Taj has retained their glory in terms of the decadence and luxury of the royal life. From car services, to doctors, to internet facilities, from mouth-watering food, to wonderfully courteous service, everything is thoughtfully provided for. The icing on the cake comes in the form of a Spa to die for, a Champagne museum walk, a yoga studio, to de-stress and rejuvenate yourself, and a salon, to make you look and feel beautiful. There are other outdoor services including safaris, there are wonderful restaurants all over the place, and it comes together to form a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Room rates begin from 34,000 INR and go up to 1,62,500 INR.

Mid-Range: If you want to opt for comfortable and affordable lodging options, without losing out on the feel and the ambience of the palace and the city, Hotel Haveli and Blue Guest House are two wonderful options to satiate yourself with. These two places are old palaces which have been converted into a hotel, and each of them provide all the basic amenities, plus the ambience of living in such a historical building. Room rates for the former begin from 1,023 INR, and room rates for the latter begin from 1,568 INR.

Low Range: If your purse strings do not permit too much expenditure on lodging, then Amar Niwas and Shivam are two options which are very cheap and affordable, without compromising on basic safety and comfort. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and both are guest houses more than hotels. Room rates for Shivam paying Guest House begins from 601 INR, and the rates for Amar Niwas begin from 675 INR.

 
How to Reach

  • The Airport at Jodhpur is about 5 kilometers from the city center, and is very well connected to the other parts of the country. Regular flights get in and out of here from all over India.
  • Trains regularly ply to the railway station here. In fact, the famous "Palace on Wheels"also visits Jodhpur, and if you want to travel in style, and splurge a little, it is a wonderfully decadent experience.
  • Jodhpur can be reached from Delhi, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra and Ahmedabad through buses and private cats. The highway between Jodhpur and Jaiselmer makes this possible. Within the city, one can get around in auto rickshaws, tongas and taxis. Hired cabs are also a good option.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The Mehrangarh Fort complex is definitely worth a visit, if you’re planning on visiting Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur. The Jaswant Thada is also located very close to the fort complex. Mandore Garden, Umed Garden, Balsammand Lake, Kaylana Lake, the government museum, Rai Ka Bag Palace are some some of the surrounding attractions in the same city as Umaid Bhawan Palace.

 
Important Numbers

Umaid Bhawan Palace: 0291 251 0101

Address: Palace Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006