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Umaid Bhawan Palace is situated in the city of Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The palace stands as one of the largest private residences in the world. A partial part of the palace is managed and maintained by the group of Taj Hotels. The palace is believed to have been built during the period of 1928 and 1943, for H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singh, Grand Father of the present Maharaja, who commissioned a new palace in the year 1923 to replace Mehrangarh Fort maing a mark for a new Jodhpur and to give employment to the people of Marwar during the periods, which were under great droughts and famines.
The palace was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh as to give him a tribute. The palace has large number of rooms which counts to around 347 in number and also serves as the main residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur Royal Family.
The former name of the celebrated Umaid Bhawan Palace is Chittar Palace, which was rendered to the palace during the time of its construction for the fact that it resides on the Chittar Hill, which is considered as the highest point in Jodhpur. The base of its foundation was broken 18th November 1929, by the former owner, Maharaja Umaid Singh and completed its construction work in 1943. The purpose for constructing this palace was to provide employment to numerable people, in the times of famine.
The palace stands high above the desert capital of Jodhpur and is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world, which is set in the midst of 26 acres of lush gardens. The place has been created out of golden-yellow sandstone, which has been envisages as the grandest stylish art deco of that time.
The architectural design of the structure is a marvelous fusion of generations and has been designed by the famous Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, who rendered the mansion a perfect blend of eastern and western forms of architecture. The sky high ceiling of this magnificent palace measures to about 105 ft above the ground, which has a touch of Renaissance era with lofty towers from Rajput Tradition. The luxuriant interiors are done with gold painted furnishings and exquisite artwork and the palace walls are complemented by the remarkable frescos of the Polish artisan Stefan Norblin.
Guests can have the pleasure in the grandeur of one of the worlds most amazing mansion resorts, which holds 64 luxurious rooms and suites. The rooms range to the Maharaja, Maharani, Royal, Historical and mansion suites.
He visitors can savor a collection of spirits, beverages, cuisines and dining experiences. From the restricted Rajasthani cuisine, savor multi-cuisines food items, it’s all here in this royal place.
There is also a museum within the palace which showcases a set of articles, which includes arms, ornate furniture and exquisite collection of antique clocks and priceless China vases that were a part the personal collection of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. Also, you can see rocks, glass and crystal ware, snapshots etc.
The best time to visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is between October and February as during this period the town experiences a pleasant climate. The opening timings of the palace are 9 AM till 5 PM.