Hovering high above the sandy plains of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace was designed and built over 15 years in the 1900s to substitute Meherangarh Fort as the emblem of Jodhpur. Commissioned by the then Maharaja Umaid Singh, the palace was built to provide employment to Marwari people who had long been suffering from drought and famine. Presently, the grandson of Umaid Singhji resides at this landmark palace whose 26 acres of manicured grounds are in stark contrast to the desert surroundings.
This golden-hued sandstone construction houses many secrets and hidden pleasures that can be discovered while living here. With an in-house museum, guests can marvel at the richness and splendor portrayed in the intricate paintings. 64 plush rooms and suites offer a marvelous stay and be waited upon by private butlers just like the Maharaja’s did and enjoy rides on vintage cars. Marble squash courts, indulgent fine dining, grilled fiestas under the stars, healing rituals at the Spa and much more lie waiting to be enjoyed behind the grand doors of the Umaid Bhawan. Just like any other Taj Hotel, this one too will keep calling you back.