Umaid Bhawan Palace is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. This was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh. It is one of the world’s largest private residences. This palace serves as principle residence to Jodhpur Royal Residence. This palace was built with the intension to provide employment opportunity to the people at the time of famine. Other name of this palace is Chittar Palace.
What to see in Umaid Bhawan Palace: This palace is well known for its architecture. Architecture of this palace is Henry Lanchester. Both eastern and western architecture can be seen in the architecture of this palace. Palace has lavish interior with gilt Furniture. In 1977, part of this palace was converted into hotel. Remaining part was converted into museum. Taj Hotels are maintaining part of this Palace. This monument is having 347 rooms.
Palace is divided into 3 parts namely Luxury hotel, gallery and a museum. This Luxury hotel is maintaining by Taj Hotels. This is the residence of the royal families. Museum of this palace remains open between 9 AM to 5 PM. This museum focuses on 20th century history of Jodhpur Royal Family. Other division of this palace is Gallery. This gallery is place where most exotic automobiles owned by the royals can be seen here.
What to see around Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Mehrangarh Fort: In India, this is one of the largest forts. Within the fort there are several palaces. Most famous palaces of the fort were Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana. Major attractions of this fort are impressive armoury, furniture, costumes, instruments, folk music, miniature paintings, royal cradles, howdas, and collection of palanquins. It is located 6kms away from the Palace.
Girdikot & Sardarkot Market: This market is famous for fine Rajasthani Jewellery, marble knick knacks with decorative works, clay elephants, clay camels, handicrafts, Rajasthani Textiles. It is located 2kms away from the Palace.
Government Museum: It is located in the middle of Umaid Public Garden. This museum is famous for miniature paintings, local arts & crafts, textiles and ornaments. Other attractions of this museum are images of Jain Tirthankars, manuscripts, portraits of rulers. It is located 4kms away from the Palace.
Umaid Garden: Major attractions of this garden are fountains, seasonal flowers, roses, towering Ashoka Trees, Green Lawns. Area covered by this garden is 82 acres. Inside the garden visitors can see museum, a Zoo and a library. It is located 1km away from the Palace.
Jaswant Thada: It was built in 19th century. White marble was used in the construction of Jaswant Thada. At this place visitors can see several portraits of Jodhpur rulers. It is located 6kms away from the Palace.
Maha Mandir Temple: Architecture of this temple is the major attraction of this temple. It was supported by 84 pillars. Pillars were decorated with several designs. Pictures of several Yogasanas can also be seen here. It is located 5kms away from the Palace.
Getting to Umaid Bhawan Palace: Before visiting this palace visitors has to reach Jodhpur as it is located in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is well connected with road, railway and airways. From Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, etc buses come to this place. Jodhpur railways are well connected with Kota, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Puri, Ahmedabad. Jodhpur airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Getting around Umaid Bhawan Palace: Buses and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of this palace.
Best time to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace: Best time to visit this palace is between November to March.
Where to stay in Umaid Bhawan Palace: It is the luxury hotel, plenty of rooms are available here. If People are looking for Budget, midrange hotels, plenty of hotels are available to stay in Jodhpur.
Where to eat in Umaid Bhawan Palace: In-house restaurant of this palace is one of the options to have food. Plenty of restaurants are available in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for sweets. Famous sweets of this place are Maakhan Vade, Besan Ki Chaaki, and Mawa Kachori. Famous food is Mirchi Badas.