Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is a stunning example of a bygone royal era, perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur. The hotel was designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester and offers guests the ultimate in luxury.
A unique palace experience - the art deco style of the palace is completely incomparable to other palaces in Rajasthan
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace has some great views and impressive large gardens to wander in
The palace has a lot of history there are so many different rooms to be explored - those with a keen interest in history will find this hotel most fascinating
The hotel has a great restaurant showcasing some excellent Rajasthani cooking
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is an incredibly impressive royal retreat set amidst 26 acres of beautiful gardens and just outside Jodhpur. The current Maharajah of Jaipur still has his own private wing and grounds here. The palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences with its Rajput traditional exteriors and art deco interiors.
Everything about the property represents grandeur and elegance, with the large hallways, high ceilings and marble staircases. There are 75 rooms and suites offering fabulous views over the immaculate palace gardens and the Mehrangarh Fort in the distance. Suites are adorned with frescoes of leopards, tigers and horses and some feature spa therapy rooms and baths carved out of single pieces of pink Italian marble designed by Norblin.
The Risala restaurant offers an exquisite a la carte menu and the Sunset Pavilion provides al fresco dining, specialising in delicious barbeques. Outdoor dining experiences can be arranged by the hotel including dinner at the Mehrangarh Fort and sundeck lunches under maharaja tents. Other facilities include a huge swimming pool, tennis courts, a health club and Jiva spa offering aromatherapy massages and ancient Indian therapies.
When to visit
Did you know Umaid Bhawan was commissioned by the Maharaja of Jodphur in 1929 as a famine relief project to provide work for labourers. Watch out for the current Maharaja- who’s home is still at the palace. He often holds banquets in the palace and can often be seen around the grounds.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. It is one of the world's largest private residences, and counted amongst the last great palaces of India.
Fly into Delhi's Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Jodphur. It's a 15-minute drive from Jodphur airport to Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Jodhpur - A Walk through Jodhpur
Take a walking tour through Jodhpur beginning at Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Continue to the Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph, before having a walk through Ghantaghar (Clock Area), Jodhpur's busiest market.
Jodhpur - Sites of Jodhpur
Udaipur - Meal at Bhairo (Taj Lake Palace)
Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at Bhairo on the rooftop at the Taj Lake Palace.
Udaipur - Vintage Car Ride
Explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside by vintage car up into the hills to enjoy dinner (inc) on the Open Terrace Restaurant at Chunda Palace which has amazing views down into Udaipur and the Lake Palace.