- Location: In Jodhpur, Rajasthan in India
- Attraction type: Heritage Hotel
- Significance: Hospitality fit for a prince or princess
- Best Time to Visit: October to March
- How to reach: By air or train to Jodhpur and then by road
- Nearest Airport: Jodhpur Airport
Umaid Bhawan Palace is an outstanding creation constructed in a blend of Eastern and European architectural patterns. Once the royal residence of Umaid Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur it is now a Heritage hotel under ITC Welcome chain. However, some portion of this palace is still used as a residence by the royal family members. This magnificent building was planned to provide employment to about 3000 local people who were out of job due to three consecutive years of drought. Over fifteen years from 1929 to 1944 the earning of these individuals got assured.
Constructed on Chittor Hill under the patronage of Jodhpur Maharaja, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan covers an area of 10.5 hectares out of which about 6 hectares are occupied by lawns and 1.5 hectares by buildings. The entire palace is built without using any mortar or cement. Instead, the stones are joined by a system of curves and interlocks. This amazing building designed by Henry Lancaster, an Edwardian architect, maintains a uniform temperature of 23Â°C throughout the interiors. The 32 meter high central dome built in typical Renaissance pattern is surrounded by minarets constructed in traditional Rajput design. The interiors of Rajasthan Umaid Bhawan Palace were designed by Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel having 347 rooms serves you with traditional gracious hospitality of the Rajasthan Royals. Throughout your stay you are pampered like a prince, and the facilities and amenities make you feel at home. For your choice, there are four different classes of suites each with its unique features. The Historical Suites are brilliant with private sit-outs overlooking the charming courtyards and lawns. The Royal Suites have paintings of Jodhpur nobility and royalty adorning the walls. These Royal Suites have a large bedroom, separate dining and loving areas, a huge balcony and an exclusive bathroom. The Maharaja Suite is featured with Noblin frescos of horses, leopards, and tigers. It also features a secret bar and a spa therapy room. The Maharani Suite characterizes the mural of Goddess Kali, a kitchenette, and a bath carved from a single piece of Italian marble.
Umaid Bhawan Palace has exhaustive dining facilities. At Risala you would be served with exotic cuisines from all corners of the globe, while at the Trophy Bar you could indulge with the choicest wine and liquor brands. The Pillars Coffee Shop serves delectable snacks, light meals, and beverages as per your choice. Sundeck lunches, flaming torch dinners, and Dawat E Mehrangarh are exclusive dining experiences offered by this hotel.
The fitness and spa facilities make your stay complete in this royal hotel. Their Zodiac Swimming pool and Java Grande Spa take care of all your health concerns.