within the depths of the Thar desert, Jodhpur today is known as one of the
three sculptured cities of Rajasthan, each known for its distinct flavour.
Jodhpur is flanked on the western side by the Mehrangarh fort and on the
eastern side by the stately sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan. Its temples,
monuments and gardens depicts a multi faceted grandeur.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh who ruled from
1911 to 1947, was the last expression of princely architectural extravaganza
during the British Raj. It was in 1925 that Umaid Singh commissioned the
firm of Lancaster and Lodge to build the palace. The foundation stone was
laid in 1929 at Chittar Hill- a sight dictated by astrological
considerations. "Striking indeed is the impression of romance and
dignity which this monument conveys" said Col. Windham at the time of
Also known as Chittar Palace, the Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh is a
splendid example of Indo-colonial architecture. A unique feature of the
palace is that the hand chiselled sandstone blocks have been put together in
a special system of interlocking without any binding mortar. A part of the
palace is now a luxury hotel while the rest is open to visitors in the form
of a museum retaining the original furnishing and ambience.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel
Umaid Bhawan Palace is now a heritage hotel known as The Aman hotel.
The doomed Art deco palace blends the architectural influences of the east
and the west. The doomed hall featuring a sweeping marble staircase, soars
up to a dizzy 60mt, the hotel crowns a large hill overlooking the city and
the Mehrangarh Fort and provides comprehensive facilities to the visitors
which incudes the Palace chambers, Palace Suite, Maharaj Suite, Maharani
Suite, including a subterranean swimming pool, restaurant,TV lounge, museum
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel Marwar Hall offers a wide choice of Indian,
Continental and Rajasthani specialties. The Pillars is ideal for drinks and
snacks just like the Trophy Bar is for variety of drinks.
Museum in Umaid Bhawan Palace
A part of the gigantic Umaid Bhawan Palace has got converted to a palace
museum. Items on display are rare collection of rocks, watches, fine china,
ornate mirrored furniture, glass and crystal ware, photographs etc.
Accommodation in Jodhpur
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