We all fantasize how royals used to live their royal lives. This blog takes us a step closer to know how it feels to live as royals and experience the grandeur of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is located on a small hill in the blue city with a view of majestic fort of Mehrangarh. It’s around a 10-minute ride from both Jodhpur Railway Station and the airport.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
The hotel wing of the palace is run by the Taj Group of Hotels and is called the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel is undoubtedly India’s best hotel and has won numerous awards including the World’s Best Hotel Award at TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2016.
It has been run by erstwhile royalty of Jodhpur and a part of it is their residence. Built with grand yellow sandstone spreading over 26 acres of garden, it is one of the largest private residences in the world. The delightful sights of rare artifacts, clocks, vintage cars, grand architecture and renaissance never fails to mesmerize one.
Also, two swimming pools, air-conditioned rooms, royal suites, spa bath, mini bar and all sorts of top-notch luxuries are available for the visitors in this grand Umaid Bhawan Palace.
The two Palatial Presidential Suites in Umaid Bhawan Palace are –
a) Maharaja Umaid Singh Suite:
Why you’ll love it:
The original antique artifacts in the suite embody a regal lifestyle and one can enjoy in-room massages in the glass-tiled bathroom with a private steam room and en-suite couple therapy room—a true luxury.
The lavish dining area allows one to entertain a private party without leaving the comfort of the suite.
b) Maharani Badankanwar Suite:
Why you’ll love it:
The expansive terrace overlooks the picturesque palace gardens and the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, making it the ideal place to relax.
The grand dining table for 10, modern kitchenette, spacious drawing room and great service make entertaining in the suite a pleasure.
The Stefan Norblin mural of the Goddess Kali, etched on shining black glass, is simply stunning.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
The museum has exhibits of stuffed leopards, a very large symbolic flag given to Maharaja Jaswant Singh by Queen Victoria in 1877, a collection of clocks in windmill and light house shapes, and photographs of the elegant art-deco interior of the palace. The classic cars of the Maharajas are also on display in the garden in front of the museum. Glass, porcelain wares, memorabilia, and information on the building of the palace are also part of the exhibits. The Darbar Hall, which is part of the museum, has elegant murals and also substantial number of miniature paintings, armour and a collection of household paraphernalia from the 1930s.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last royal palace built in India after independence. The grand hotel is magnificent symbol and significance of the great culture and kings of Rajasthan.
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