Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
What we love: the views and the grandeur.
Built on top of Chittar hill overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. Building started in 1929 and finished in 1943 and it was built primarily to offer employment to the local people who were suffering a terrible drought. There are some 347 rooms and is still today the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. The palace is built in dun coloured sandstone and Makrana marble which is the same marble used at the Taj Mahal. In 1971 the family took the decision to convert part of the palace in to a hotel. With views over Jodhpur, sand dunes and the intimidating Mehrangarh Fort, this is an amazing place to stay.
There are 70 breathtaking rooms and suites decorated in the Art Deco style. 26 acres of lush gardens invite you to go for a walk possibly accompanied by peacocks, or to play a game of tennis and a visit to the subterranean Zodiac pool should not be missed. Visit the family’s museum and classic car collection. There is also a Grecian spa and an indoor swimming pool. Many of the staff and their families have worked for the family for generations and their pride in this palace is easy to see. Delicious Rajasthani and Indian/Continental fusion food is served in the spectacular dining room. There is also a charming open air café and the Trophy Bar is perfect for drinks in the evening.