Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden - yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347 - room palace was finally completed in 1943 - and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.
Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105 - foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world's largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the panelled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert. Experience the art of India's ancient healing wisdom in the romantic new setting of the Taj Spa.
At Risala, a blend of imaginative and sumptuous Continental and Indian cuisines are served. Outside the windows, one will find spectacular views of the gardens, the city and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, while the interior of the restaurant is adorned with royal and martial portraits. Guests can relax while savouring an authentic collection of imported and domestic wines with a label collection of more than 210 wines to choose from all the regions across the world.
The menu consists of many recipes authenticated by time and honored ...
Set in a lovely colonnaded verandah, Pillars offers a perfect setting for a leisurely drink and snacks while reading the newspaper or simply enjoying the stunning sunset. Breakfast is regularly accompanied by the melodic chirping of native birds and one can usually gaze out beyond the pillars and witness peacocks strutting across the lawns in the crisp morning air.
Located in the western rear veranda of the palace, this charming open-air cafe offers spectacular views of the city, the Baradari lawns, and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort....
Sunset pavillion serves royal barbecue and international grills. A lot of research has gone to create this menu by Chef Jitender Bhatnagar. The entire food presentation is very unique as well. The guests are offered "Mulled Wine/Mulled Grape Juice" (warm) once they reach the restaurant. The menu has variety of soups and all desserts are Flambéed.
Entering the bar, one automatically experiences the soothing lounge music and finds themselves surrounded by artifacts and wildlife trophies collected by Maharajas during their tenures. Tiger skin cushions, gazelles, bears, large wild boar tusks, binoculars and a collection of fishing gear along with hunting, fishing and pig-sticking memorabilia all call out to immerse the viewer in the sporting lifestyle of maharajas past. An original 6-foot elephant tusk, which was hunted way back in 1927, adds to the ambience of the Trophy Room.
Jiva Grande spa at Umaid Bhawan palace is created under a romantic heritage structure. Spa suite architecturally reflects the glory and heritage of India and offers a serene space for you to relax. Jiva treatments have been carefully recreated from the fabled lifestyle and culture of Indian Royalty and the healing therapies that embrace Indian spirituality.
Using the purest precious essential oils extracted from Indian herbs and pharmacopeias unique Indian aromatherapy massage oil blends have been created. All of the products including...
Over the centuries, Umaid Bhawan Palace has played host to royalty, poets, writers and dignitaries. Today, this former home to the royal Jodhpur family is a luxury hotel and event space like none other in the world. The palace has been restored to its pristine glory and Taj Hotels is proud to offer a continuation of the royal legacy and grand traditions of hosting parties, gatherings and official functions.
Convening at the Umaid Bhawan Palace is the ultimate privilege, offering guests an experience originally reserved for royalty. Fro...
- Business Centre
- Laptop/pagers/cellular phones/computers on hire
- Multimedia computers
- Secretarial services
- Telephones with international direct dialing
- More than 100 DVD title
- Sound Bars in all suite category rooms
- Sony play stations on request are available in the palace
- Wi fi in the whole palace including rooms and suites
- The Palace Museum
- Brandy & Billiards (a late-night frame of snooker can be fun, especially when one has a personal marker, a glass of solid Indian brandy in hand and the possibility of a late night dip in the subterranean Zodiac pool. Pure bliss!)
- Ali Akbar Hall (named after the renowned court musician and sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, this amphitheatre is a spacious venue that can be booked for watching films or for lecture demonstrations and audio/video presentations)
- Astrologer (...
These lavish yet, tastefully-appointed Historical Suites are the erstwhile residences of visiting Royalty. Each suite has its own unique theme and all have a different colour scheme from classy maroons to gold and sage greens.
An eclectic mix of Art Deco / Neo classical, themed historical suites all have five-fixture feature bathrooms and private sit outs with stunning palace views of the panoramic lawns or courtyards.
Royal Suites are presented in a luxurious Art Deco style with mirror-finished terrazzo, large bedroom and sitting area. Two bay rooms (living and bedroom) offer spectacular views of the sweeping Baradari Lawns and magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in the distance. Through every piece of furniture and every exacting detail, these suites truly embody a regal lifestyle.
A much earthier and certainly a more masculine mood prevails in Maharaja Umaid Singh's suite just across the crystal fountain separating his suite from his Maharani's.
Obviously, Norblin saved his finest works for his generous patrons' personal apartment. The Maharaja Suite has murals of leopards, tigers, horses and even of the famed Jodhpur sport, pig sticking.
Flaming torch lamps in chrome, plush Ruhlmann sofas in faux leopard skin, the delightful mirrored bar in the drawing room and the original artifacts that still adorn the shelves make this an incredibly handsome suite.
Originally designed for and indeed once graced by the beautiful and charismatic Maharani Badan Kanwan, the Maharani Suite is rather appropriately dominated by a Stefan Norblin mural of the Goddess Kali etched on shining black glass.
Designed in pinks, blacks, chrome and mirrors, this suite is indeed worthy of the queen for whom it was built, and all of the original Art Deco décor has been retained. The suite includes spacious drawing and dining rooms with an attached kitchenette, an enormous, private terrace with a spectacular view of the palace gardens and the Mehrangarh Fort, a dressing room with a wardrobe only a queen could find small, and the piece de resistance - a bath, also designed by Norblin, carved out of a single piece of pink Italian marble.
The Grand Royal Suites, designed in Art Deco style, were once reserved for visiting royalty. Each suite is different, with subtle underlying and unique themes of a favorite colour or princely passion.
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