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
From the moment we were met at the train station in Jodhpur to the moment we were waved off from the door of the hotel the experience was phenomenal.
Having been lucky enough to have visited many 5 star hotels across the world, I was not prepared for how much this hotel can exceed one's expectations. The hotel setting, amenities, service and ambience is truly exceptional. Every interaction with staff in the hotel is personalised and leaves you feeling like royalty yourself. We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to a suite and this enhanced our stay even further making it extra special. We dined in the hotel's restaurants which were exquisite. We especially appreciated the amazing service from Rawal, Karan and Narander. Each evening we would return to find our room with special touches from our housekeeper Asif.
I would thoroughly recommend staying in this hotel if you want a truly royal experience. The hotel and palace are breathtaking and the manager Alka ensures that every visitor is treated like royalty. We were very impressed.
We had an incredible stay in this wonderful hotel and can highly recommend it! The interior and surroundings of the palace are magnificent and the staff was doing their very utmost to make our stay memorable. They have surely succeeded!
There are few words to describe what I characterize as the most seamless; elegant experience I have had in any hotel in the world. I am an regular international guest (and fan) of the Taj properties but had never had the opportunity to visit Umaid Bhawan. The establishment went far beyond my expectations. The sheer size of the palace is collosal, yet with only 70 guest rooms/suites, there is an unexpected air of intimacy. The consistency of the architecture with the original furniture and artwork in near unseen. The staff is impeccably trained (which means discrete and attentive but non-invasive). The only words are "you don't know what you are missing until you have been to Umaid Bhawan". Live the life of a real Raj; it's worth every penny.