Centrally located near major attractions, including the Mehrangarh Fort
A private dinner served by palace butlers can be arranged anywhere on the grounds
On-site museum that houses antiques from Jodhpur’s royal past
Indoor and outdoor pools
What To Know
A train passes close to the palace; light sleepers should ask for earplugs, which are provided upon request
Although the location is central, it’s a 10-minute taxi or tuk-tuk ride to the old quarter
Free WiFi for up to three devices
Parking on site
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Historic sandstone palace set on 26 acres with huge Art Deco suites, an ayurvedic spa and an on-site museum
Constructed for Maharaja Umaid Singh ji between 1928 and 1943, the last great palace to be built in India is also one of the largest private residences in the world, and it’s still home to the maharaja’s grandson, who lives in a wing of the palace. This majestic retreat blends Eastern and Western architecture and is embellished with exotic murals. Set among verdant gardens, the sandstone edifice features carved interiors and a breathtaking atrium replete with gilded furniture.
Bed and Bath
The lavish guestrooms contrast with Jodhpur’s stark desert landscape. Each Historical Suite is an eclectic mix of Art Deco and neoclassical design and features a private balcony with a view of the lawns or courtyards; each of the Grand Royal Suites, which were once reserved for visiting royalty, has a unique theme. The bathrooms are bathed in marble and are stocked with Molton Brown products. Pick from a bath menu featuring four different setups designed to energize, rejuvenate, heal or detoxify.
At Risala, dine on Indian and continental dishes from the royal kitchen of the maharaja. The Pillars restaurant, set in a lovely colonnaded veranda, offers alfresco snacks, high tea and Rajasthani delicacies. Sunset Pavilion, the highest dining point in Jodhpur, is decorated with photos of the royal family and serves local specialties like khargosh soola (seasoned Rajasthani rabbit). Head for a post-dinner drink at the Trophy Bar, which is stuffed with hunting memorabilia. The authentic ayurvedic treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa include cupping — an ancient technique that creates a vacuum to ease knots.
In the Area
Mehrangarh Fort, five miles from the palace, is one of the largest forts in India and features an impressive museum, several palaces known for their intricate carvings, and expansive courtyards. On a Jodhpur Village Safari you'll visit a Bishnoi village as well as villages that specialize in pottery and weaving. Stop by Sardar Market, Jodhpur’s main tourist area, and pick up a pair of Jodhpur boots. Take a free art lesson at Umaid Heritage Art School, where you can learn about Rajasthani miniature painting and try your hand at it. If you like nature and a little adventure, head to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and follow the trail of your choice.