Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the largest private residences of the world. presently it is owned by Gaj singh ji Maharaja of Jodhpur. Earlier kings of Jodhpur used to live in Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur but Umaid Bhavan Palace is the permanent residence of Royal family of Jodhpur now.
As a result of curse by saint there was a famine in the 1920’s. Then King Maharaja Umaid Singh ji wanted to give jobs to the farmer so at least the famine won’t affect the normal living of people in his territory. It gave jobs to at least 2500 locals and farmers
Umaid Bhavan palace is also called chittar palace because of stones used to erect it which got extracted from the chittar hills. Umaid bhavan palace is also located on the same chitttar hill. . He appointed Henry Vaughan Lanchester as a architect and gave the construction green flag. Sandstone used in the construction was transported to the site with the help of rail and it was cut in interlocking pieces so that two stones can be joined quickly without a mortar and a master piece can be created quickly. Ground work for its construction started in the year 1929 and completed in year 1943 very close to Indian independence.
Construction of Umaid Bhavan palace raised criticism from the thinkers but ultimately it solved the purpose to provide livelihood to the people during famine.
Palace is divided into three sections
- Royal Family Residence
- Umaid Bhavan Palace
- Royal Museum
Maharaja Gaj singh 2 also known as Bapji stays in the Royal residence.
Umaid bhavan palace hotel was awarded World’s best hotel at the Traveler’s Choice Award organised by Tripadviser.You get picked at airport by hotel staff in luxury wheels like Jaguar or Land rover.
At hotel you get a very warm welcome at reception with flowers and scents. After basic formalities we headed to our room.
Ours was Maharani badan kanwar suite also called maharani suite which comes under luxurious room with garden view. One person was told to stay with us permanently in case we need anything.
Fine-dining Continental & Fusion Indian restaurant—Risala Pillars, an open-air all-day diner Trophy Bar were superb.
Breakfast in the morning was superb with open sitting and garden view. live santoor was being played at breakfast by musician. The feel can’t be documented . palace hotel has heated indoor swimming pool also. If you want to have a world class taste of luxury this is the place to be.
Winter is the best time to visit Jodhpur. Nearest Airport is Jodhpur Airport. It is well connected with state and country capital.