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Umaid Bhawan Palace – Jodhpur


The Palace was built, between 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh ji, Grand Father of our present Maharaja, who had benevolently commissioned a new palace in 1923 to replace Mehrangarh Fort as the symbol of a new Jodhpur and to give employment to the people of Marwar during the period’s great droughts and famines.

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.

Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden – yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347 – room palace was finally completed in 1943 – and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.

Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105 – foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin. Palace Descriptors:

The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world’s largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the panelled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert. Experience the art of India’s ancient healing wisdom in the romantic new setting of the Taj Spa.

Water and food were scarce and Jodhpur needed a symbol of growth and possibility. In 1923, His Royal Highness Maharaja Umaid Singh ji (the grandfather of the present Maharaja) benevolently commissioned a new palace to give employment to the people of Marwar during the period’s great droughts and famines. The Palace was built between 1928 and 1943 and replaced Mehrangarh Fort as the new landmark of Jodhpur.

This golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. Known as Chittar Palace because of the local Chittar sandstone used, this masterpiece of craftsmanship was constructed by special system of interlocking with no mortar binding. After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943 – and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.

Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105-foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace stands today as the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world, commanding 26 lush acres.

In 2005 January with its legacy of hospitality, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces was the perfect choice to carry on the royal tradition of the luxurious Umaid Bhawan Palace and extend its luxury hotel experience to the city of Jodhpur.