Umaid Bhawan Palace
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
I was there with family on a holiday from September 17th to 20th 2018. It was an awesome experience. We would like to thank one and all at Umaid Bhawan for making this holiday a memorable one for us, especially my wife who had the privilege with God's grace to celebrate her Golden Birthday there. It is a beautiful hotel to stay,From the moment you reach Jodhpur you are taken good care of by the hotel staff. The food was very good , the stewards make you eat and drink till our stomachs are full,all with smiling faces always. the front reception , the guard's who welcome us ,house keeping staff,anyone and everyone over there were with smiles and help whenever needed. I would like to thank all the staff and name a few whom I remember but that doesn't mean I am leaving out others. Ranu Singh at the airport , Our drivers who took us around even though I don't remember their names,Manvir, Gayatri,or (Gravita ) I am not sure,Divya who gave a palace tour,Sabitri, Punit, Surendra singh who gave us a wonderful birthday cake and tied turbans for us, Hukkum and other Housekeeping staff who always kept your rooms spic and span. Kushal and Veerendra singh in the restaurant. Your chef was kind enough to come and ask our taste and do it for us. Hat's off to the barman who gave us some wonerful cocktail's amd mocktail's Thank you Taj , hope that you will continue to serve us the same in the future. I had this same experience in Lake Palace Udaipur five years back and I feel sorry that I didn't write a review For them.
Au revoir Taj
One of the best properties we have stayed in! Royal treatment. Excellent staff and they go above and beyond to spoil you. Great rooms- very clean. Food could be a bit better but they do serve all special needs.
The duty managers make you feel very special, so a special Thank you to them
I'm not the one who write reviews at the drop of a hat. Having said that it doesn't mean,I don't. I do but rarely and only for the events that touches my soul deep enough. The experience we had at Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of those rare occasions where the gesture, the hospitality, the care and effort moves you to the core and fills you up with enormous joy.
Like every year, I was sorting out one of the Taj properties to celebrate our wedding anniversary, as a surprise for my wife & 3 yrs old daughter, when it struck me that what could be more mesmerizing than the beauty, grandeur & history which Umaid Bhawan presents you with.
It started with the courteous and delightful communication with Mr. Akshay Sharma, the reservation manager & Mr. Bharat Tandon, the duty manager, who very patiently and meticulously responded to all my queries with emails running back & forth as i was on the move abroad. They assured me of the very best and the most memorable of moments during our stay at the Palace and that's what we got the moment we entered Umaid Bhawan. It was an absolute wonder, the way we were received, greeted & welcomed at the entrance of the Palace and so warmly escorted to our extremely beautiful palace room, which by the way was upgraded as a heartening gesture for the auspicious occasion of our wedding anniversary by Mr. Bharat Tandon.
Such was the hospitality at Umaid Bhawan that we didn't have the slightest idea that it was just the beginning of what turned out to be one of the most cherishable stays we have ever had. Everyone was so warm, welcoming and always there for us, to make us feel very special, be it Mr Bharat, Akshat, Sabitri at the reception or Karan, Punit at the restaurant and the entire team of Taj Umaid Bhawan, some names we can recall and some we can't but credit to every single staff of Umaid Bhawan.
It was an evening to remember, sitting outside the Pillars restaurant being taken care of by Mr. Virendra bhatt, the f&b manager, who presented us with a delicious dinner for our anniversary celebration.
Words wouldn't suffice to describe the mesmerizing moments we lived & the memories we created during our stay but like a sweet melody it will keep humming in our hearts for a long time to come..
With love & regards,
Dr Rajbir Dhillon