Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Price Range

10 - 100.00

Reviews

4.5

Overview

Umaid Bhawan Palace is an embodiment of the state’s royal heritage at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Chittar Palace is another name for Umaid Bhavan Palace because it was constructed using stones from the nearby Chittar Hill. These stones give palace the golden yellow color.

The palace comprises a museum, Taj Palace hotel, and the abode of the royal family. Vintage car collection, clocks, banners, artifacts, cutleries, trophies, and weapons are the main attractions in Umaid Bhawan.

The palace comprises 347 rooms, durbar hall, banquet hall, squash courts, billiards rooms, and tennis court. It was India’s last royal constructions. The palace is named after Maharaja Umed Singh, grandfather of Maharaj Gaj Singh.

The palace is one of the world's largest private residences of the royal era of Rajasthan. Jaipur is very close to the Thar Desert, so winter is the best time to visit Jodhpur and Umaid Bhawan.


History

Maharaja Umaid Singh laid the foundation in 1928, and its construction was completed in 1943. This grand sandstone structure was built over 16 years. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir S.S. Jacob were the chief architects.

Henry Vaughan Lanchester was a well-known Edwardian architect. Henry V. Lanchester patterned the theme of columns and domes on the line of government buildings of Delhi. Maharaja built the palace with a mission to employ the farmers and the poor of Jodhpur.

When construction was in progress, ‘Maharaos of Kotah' used to reside in a small fort inside the same city. They have been awaiting a palace for themselves. Umed Singh determined to erect this palace for Maharao’s.

A special train brought colored stones to the building site. The king engaged around fifty thousand men and women, who toiled for 15 years relentlessly to build this majestic palace. Skilled masons chiseled big pieces of stones into intricate design form.  This towering palace costed a whopping 94, 51,565 to Maharaja.  

Maharaja Umaid Singh could live in the palace just for 4 years because he died in 1947. The property has passed on to the present titular head Maharaja Gaj Singh, who resides in a portion of Umaid Bhavan. Taj Group of Hotels began operations in 2006 for travelers.

 

Architecture

The edifice is a confluence of eastern and western architectural influences. The Renaissance of Europe influenced the 105-foot high cupola, and Rajput tradition has inspired the towers. Indo-colonial and Art Deco style of architecture is the main feature of the palace.

Initially, Maples of London designed the interiors of the palace in Art Deco style. The Germans sunk the ship carrying the stuff to Mumbai in 1942. Subsequently, Maharaja Umed Singh commissioned an interior decorator Stefan Norblin for the style of Art deco.

Stefan did some furnishings and designed paintings. Inspired by the Rajput mansion style, the palace has a distinct Zenana section for male and Mardana sections for the male with separate entrances. 

In 1930 architect George Devon extended the palace to accommodate Maharaj Kumar Bhim Singh and his wife.

The Trophy Bar

The Trophy bar portrays fishing gears, tiger skin cushions, elephant feet stools, bears from Kashmir, large wild boar tusk, and gazelles from Africa.

The Billiards Room

Victorian and Edwardian racehorses, oils of horses from Maharaja's Sardar Singh race stable are the Billiards Room's main highlights.

The Sub-terranean Swimming Pool

Zodiac club, gym, sauna, billiards room, two marble squash courts, four tennis courts, and croquet lawns for sunbathing are the pool's main parts.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel

Umaid Bhawan Palace is an architectural marvel to experience royal hospitality. Bright interiors and exteriors make it an ideal destination for wedding celebrations. It was transformed into a hotel in 1972 with all royal stuff.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

The museum is a must-visit with a wide collection of antique objects of the bygone era. It is a repository for China vases, clocks, furniture, and arms. Besides, the museum exhibits stuffed leopards, trophies, pottery, antique clocks, and airplane models.

Queen Victoria gifted a banner to Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1877, significant memorabilia at the museum.

Guides

Plenty of English and Hindi speaking guides are on staff.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 01:45 pm
  • Monday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 04:30 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Air : The airport is 3 kilometers from Umaid Bhavan.
  • Train : The railway station is 5 kilometers away from the palace.
  • Road : State Road Transport, private buses, luxury Volvo buses are available to Jodhpur. The bus stand is only 3 kilometers away from the palace.
  • Taxi/Cab/Auto-Rickshaws : You can hire a taxi or cab to reach Umaid Bhavan.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Indians : 30 INR
  • Foreigner : 100 INR ...
  • Minor (5-11 years old) : 10 INR...

Things to Do

  • The museum is your chance to explore unusual household paraphernalia, miniature paintings, and artistic murals, which are not on sale in the market.
  • The front garden showcases classic cars; you can have photographs of these vintage vehicles. The vintage car collection is a must-visit.
  • You will get to see vintage clocks and the Art-Deco interior of the palace.
  • You can savor delicious local foods and buy souvenirs from various shopping options at Jodhpur.

Address

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Circuit House Road, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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SON GOKU
SON GOKU
10/06/2020 23:08
What can i say about this place Probably best in the world, even celebrity came here for weddings. This place provide all facilities Library Tour History item collection Even bar Best place to celebrate birthdays and events. If i am not wrong This place is biggest private property in the world Visit once in your lifetime About rooms Feels like royal king King size smooth bed Nice view of outside areas Garden is also nice
Er. Boola Khan
Er. Boola Khan
09/05/2020 15:21
Built between 1928 and 1943, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a magnificent piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, and a symbol of new Jodhpur. Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence, the palace has one thing in common with the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra—the palm court marble used in its construction. Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace inspires with exotic views of the historical Blue City, vast sand dunes, and intimidating Mehrangarh Fort. The palace is conveniently located 20 minutes from the airport, close to the main shopping areas, and the Balsamand and Kalyana lakes. The last of the great palaces of India, the property houses a family museum, as well as the resplendent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens, with dancing peacocks and a subterranean Zodiac Pool, the luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel offers 70 utterly breathtaking Art Deco- style rooms and suites. Tantalise your taste buds at Risala with authentic Rajasthani and Indian cuisine. Discover an array of European and Mediterranean delicacies at Pillars, set in a lovely colonnaded veranda. Unwind at the Trophy Bar with its unique hunting-themed décor and vast selection of alcoholic beverages and cigars. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating signature treatments and therapies at the Jiva Grande Spa, or soothe your mind and body with yoga and meditation.Take a heritage walk and relive a fascinating bygone era brought to life through majestic monuments. Soak in the original architecture of a fascinating bygone era and discover the rich history of a palace that has enjoyed actual royal company—Maharani BadanKanwar of Jodhpur having lived here. Stroll through the lush, landscaped Baradari Lawns, perfect for those who have always envisioned a fairy tale wedding. Come, experience luxury like the royals did. Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world's largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum. Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943.
Neha Rani
Neha Rani
08/23/2020 23:15
Completely Epic palace. You can feel the Royal Architectural nice vibe so easily. Even from the way start to till the end you will smile while watching Everything without any reason. They have been maintaining the originality of Everything extremely very well..
Akash Choudhary
Akash Choudhary
09/09/2020 13:17
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08/28/2020 15:45
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The present owner of Umaid Bhavan Palace is Gaj Singh. It is one of the world’s largest private residences at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Umaid Bhavan is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of Maharaj Gaj Singh.
Umaid Bhavan Palace is a Taj Hotel, and the royal family lives in one of the portions. However, tickets are available for the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum. You can book a suite in the Taj Hotel and stay there....
As many as 70 grand rooms and suites are available in this magnificent Taj hotel in Jodhpur. Luxurious Umaid Bhavan Palace is spread amidst 26 acres of lush gardens and features the renowned Art Deco style architecture. ...
Maharaja Gaj Singh II is the titular head of the royal state. He owns the world’s largest private residence at Jodhpur Umaid Bhavan and Mehrangarh Fort. ...
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