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Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur, India

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.

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At a Glance

  • The hotel is quite large so sometimes the atmosphere can be quite quiet

  • A unique palace experience - the art deco style of the palace is completely incomparable to other palaces in Rajasthan

  • This property 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

History, Couples, Culture, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Did you know Umaid Bhawan was commissioned by the Maharaja of Jodphur in 1929 as a famine relief project to provide work for laborers. 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.

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Insider's View

Take a stroll with a glass of champagne, through the fabulous Palace Museum, home to a fine collection of Victorian and Edwardian timepieces, porcelain and objects d’art, 19th and 20th century weapons, royal miniature paintings, models of airplanes and exquisite crockery from the Maharaja’s personal collection

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Insider's View

Ride one of the Maharaja’s own horses, even if you’re a beginner you can take a lesson at the riding school.

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Insider's View

While living the life of royalty why not take an excursion in one of the Maharaja’s vintage cars with your own butler on hand to spill the secrets of the city’s history.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

Set amidst 26 acres of beautiful gardens and just outside Jodhpur, Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is an incredibly impressive royal retreat. 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, specializing in delicious BBQs. 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 spa offering aromatherapy massages and ancient Indian therapies.

Accommodation

There are twenty two rooms and forty two suites at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace. All the rooms are in the style or Art Deco and are luxuriously comfortable to give you a restful sleep.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.

Facilities

Facilities include billiards, tennis courts, croquet, swimming pool, library, three restaurants, bar and a spa featuring an indoor and outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, Yoga studio, gymnasium, relaxation lounge and a squash court.

Activities

The hotel offers complimentary swimming, tennis, squash and croquet. Use of the health club is charged at an additional cost. The hotel can also arrange sand dune experiences and village safaris.

Location & Directions

Jodhpur, India

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.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

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