Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of India’s great palaces with its expanse of 26 acres making it one of the largest residences in the world. Built between 1929 and 1942, this golden hued monument, made of desert sandstone, designed by the famed Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester and commissioned by H. H. Maharaja Umaid Singh, the grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, is a celebration of the Art Deco style on the grandest scale. Once the sole preserve of princes and kings, Umaid Bhawan Palace offers its guests a taste of fine living.
Managed by Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris since 2005, the royal home was lovingly refurbished by the Taj to blend India’s age-old royal traditions, with influences from local culture. Guests can indulge in a series of signature Taj rituals, stroll through the private museum, dine in the candlelit palace grounds or put their skills to the test on the marbled squash courts. For a taste of the local flavours, visitors have the option to explore the city in a vintage car drive accompanied by their royal butler or go further afield to dine under the starry night sky in the Thar Desert.
Eleven Taj Hotels have won 21 awards in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur; Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur; Rambagh Palace, Jaipur; Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur; Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad; Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Goa; Taj Dubai; Taj Cape Town; Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences, London; Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka and Vivanta by Taj – Langkawi, Malaysia won multiple awards across categories including Best Hotels, Best Service and Best Luxury Hotels in India, Asia and the World.
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