Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world, set amid 26 acres of lush gardens. Guests step into a royal world and lifestyle equipped with luxurious amenities. Each room and suite showcases Art Deco style with a distinct ambiance.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument – Umaid Bhawan Palace – was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943 and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.
Its majestic 105-foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals by the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
Umaid Bhawan Palace has a number of lovely suites on offer for discerning travelers. The Maharani Suite, originally designed for and graced by Umaid Singhs’ Maharani, is aptly dominated by a Norblin mural of the Goddess Kali etched on shining black glass. All in pink, black, chrome and mirror, the suite includes spacious private drawing and dining rooms with an attached kitchenette, a large balcony with a spectacular view of the palace gardens and the Mehrangarh Fort, a dressing room with a wardrobe, and a bath carved out of a single piece of pink Italian marble designed by Norblin.
The Maharaja Suite, once Maharaja Umaid Singh’s own suite just across the crystal fountain courtyard, exudes an earthy and masculine ambience. It bears murals of leopards from Africa, tigers and horses, and even of the famed Jodhpur sport of pig-sticking, by Norblin that are magnificently complemented by flaming torch lamps in chrome, plush Ruhlmann sofas and a delightful secret bar in the drawing room.
In the Royal Suites, luxurious Art Deco style offers mirror finished terrazzos and large bedroom and sitting areas, overlooking Palace Lawns and the fountain courtyard. These are extremely spacious with a living room area, a bedroom, bathroom, dressing area, and a broad balcony. These suites overlook the well-laid out gardens of the palace where peacocks strut on the lawns in the mornings and in the distance, the city, and the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort perched atop a hill. Since the palace was built with a melding of Art Deco and Indian elements, these design styles run through these suites. Paintings of Marwar/Jodhpur royalty and nobility adorn the walls and herald a regal welcome for those entering this space. A mock fireplace adds to the sense of drama of these suites.
The Regal Suites were once reserved for visiting royalty. Each suite is different, with subtle underlying themes of a favorite color or princely passion. These suites have a private sit-out with stunning palace views of the panoramic lawns or courtyards. Deluxe rooms embellished with Art Deco interiors and equipped with modern conveniences, these rooms meet the expectations of the modern traveler even as they offer a glimpse into a privileged lifestyle of a bygone era.
The Taj Spa at Umaid Bhawan Palace offers guests an unparalleled experience, in the perfect environment of lavish comfort and pampering. Boasting both Eastern and Western spa treatments, this luxurious spa ensures that guests leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and utterly in bliss.