Palaces reflect the ancientness, culture, trend, and customs of the empires and dynasty. The splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace is situated in the desert capital Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Fusions of the eastern and western architectural styles, beaux art styles attract the tourists to visit such a magnificent Jodhpur Palace.
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History of Umaid Bhawan Palace
In 1928, the construction of Umaid Bhawan Palace was initiated by Maharaj Umaid Singh. The highness was the 37th Rathore ruler of Marwar at Jodhpur. The work was finished in 1943. The stones used in the construction of palace were mostly acquired from the Chittar Hills. That’s why it has been called as “Chittar Palace”. It had been decided by the Maharaj to help thousands of people who suffered from famine and drought. In order to employ them in a certain work, he decided to construct the palace.
Umaid Bhawan Palace and construction
The construction of the palace was guided by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir S.S. Jacob, the chief architects. The remarkable and lavish palace was designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester, a great architect. The skilled architect was appointed by Maharaja Umaid Singh for designing the Umaid Bhawan Palace and H.V. Lanchester designed the palace similar to the New Delhi building complexes. The architect handled the themes of columns and domes of the Government building complex, New Delhi. Under the aegis of H.V. Lanchester, the palace erection was done.
Over 3000 craftsmen worked for fifteen years to build the palace. They used local sandstone, Makrana marbles. This palace was noted as one of the largest regal residences in the globe and embellished with gilded doors in 1943 itself. The interior woodwork was totally occupied by Burmese teak wood and the extravagance of the palace really allures. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is spanned in 26 acres of land and comprises 347 rooms, a Throne room for the private audience, a Durbar hall for public, courtyards, dining rooms, library, and banquet hall with a capacity of 300 people accommodation, two marble squash courts, four tennis courts, indoor swimming pools and spa. Beautiful gardens spread over 15 acres of land in the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
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Facts about the palace
- There are three functional parts in the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace; they are The Royal family residence, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, and a Museum.
- The Umaid Bhawan Palace is located adjacent to the Royal Blue city of Jodhpur.
- Maharaja Umaid Singh stayed in the gorgeous palace only for four years and died in 1947
- Umaid Bhawan Palace is reckoned as one of the largest private residences in the World
- The grandchildren of Maharaja Umaid Singh still occupy a section of this palace as heirs.
- There is a gallery in the fort premises which displays some of the automobiles owned by the Maharaj Family.
- The Taj group of hotels runs the hotel wing of the palace, so it has been called as Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Attractions inside the Umaid Bhawan
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel
Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel is a major division of this royal palace where visitors enjoy a rich hospitality. In 1972 the palace was converted into a hotel with all royal stuff. This palace hotel is being the perfect destination for many gatherings, wedding celebrations.
The Trophy Bar
The trophy bar shows amazing articles like tiger skin cushion, wild boar tusk, Kashmir bears, elephant feet stools, fishing gears and African gazelles.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
The museum is another prime element in the palace which is open to the public and closed only on Sundays. A huge collection of furniture, china vases, arms, and clocks are displayed here.
Umaid Bhawan Palace key points
The best time to visit the palace is between October and March. The palace is open on all weekdays from 9.00 to 5.00. Palace entry fee for Indians is INR 25, foreign tourists INR 50. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum fee for Indian adult is INR 30, Children INR 10 and for foreigner INR 100.
Nearby attractions of Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Mehrangarh Fort, Shri Ganesh Temple, Blue Bohemian, Jodhpur Camel Safari, Umaid Heritage Art School, Phool Mahal.
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