“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 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.
In the finest tradition of Rajput hospitality, Umaid Bhawan Palace offers its guests a taste of royal living, once the sole preserve of princes and kings.”
Get a guide, you might miss a few things around like the gold ceiling, using silver for entire flooring between each mosaics, the palace flag hoisted when king is inside the palace and hoisted down when hes out.
Make sure guide stays and explains, our guide ripped us of 250 for not even a 30 mins explanation, once he took money he was keen on letting us go and get the next customer.
Highly lavish place with huge antique collections.
Still the place runs with old electrical devices such as ac and fan regulators.
Only 10% is open for visitors, 20% still the royal family owns and the rest is heritage hotel.
If you are a car fanatico do visit the heritage car museum which has cars like RR PHANTOM I and II, cadillac which caught my eyes but has only 10 for display out of the 52 cars which is owned by royal family(as told by guide)
In 2015 the hotel was declared world's has best hotel . Now I don't need d to day about anything for this hotel.. it's amazing place to stay. With the great location and near to airport .
Awarded as best hotel in the world 2016.. The Royal Palace of Jodhpur.. no words can describe the hospitality you get there.. everything is just so perfect..