Depicting the royal heritage and rich traditions of Rajasthan, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a dream of every extravagant traveller. Located in the flamboyant city of Jodhpur, this palace is named after Maharaja Umed Singh. It was renowned with the name of ‘Chittar palace’ in the history due to its location on the Chittar hill, which is the highest point of the city. Today, it stands with pride as the most astonishing masterpiece of brilliant architecture which includes both Rajput and Victorian styles.
This grand Palace features a total of 347 rooms, each flaunting the highest level of luxury. Today, the Palace has been divided into three parts which include the Maharaja’s royal residence, a museum and a heritage hotel. The museum of the Palace still possesses a huge collection of weapons, a souvenir presented by Queen Victoria and beautiful clocks letting you walk down the memory lanes.
Umaid Bhawan Palace was designed by H V Lanchester, a renowned Edwardian architect. Over 50,000 men and women worked together to complete this majestic structure that acquires an area of 26 acres. The Palace has been adorned with abundance of graceful royal heirlooms, high ceilings, marble corridors, hunting trophies, emerald lawns and grand courtyards. The beautiful wall paintings and the choice of furniture used are awe-inspiring and are still well-preserved here. Apart from this, the spectacular palace is also known for housing a unique clock tower, Durbar hall, which was used for public gathering during bygone era.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel has become a preferred choice for those who seek ultimate luxury. With well maintained rooms, unique hospitality and a traditional setting, the hotel staff offers a kingly experience to the guests. It has also become a popular option among those looking for a grand destination wedding.
By Air: The nearest airport to the palace is at Jodhpur (3kms) which is linked with direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur.
By Rail: The closest railway station is at Jodhpur (5kms) which greets regular trains from all the major cities.
By Road: Travelling to Umaid Bhawan Palace by road has its own unique charm. Take a taxi service or Rajasthan State Roadways to experience the Rajasthani culture closely.
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