Umaid Bhawan Palace is located at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. This palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. Other name of this palace is Chittar Palace. Palace was designed by Henry Vaughan Lancaster. Taj Hotels are managing this Palace. It is divided into 3 parts. They are Museum, Royal family residence and luxury Taj Palace Hotel. Art Deco style can be seen in the inner part of the Palace. Yellow Sandstone is used in the construction of this Palace. Several celebrities such as Eva Herzigova, Bob Geldof, Sarah Ferguson, Diana Ross, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Mick Jagger stayed at this hotel.
What to see in Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Umaid Bhawan’s Zodiac Club: This is one of the attractions in Umaid Bhawan Palace. It consists of 4 tennis courts, marble squash courts, a sauna, a gymnasium, the billiards room, sub terranean swimming pool. All these can be used only by the people who are staying in the hotel.
The Museum: Major attraction of this palace is this museum. This consists of Chinese Vases, period furniture, artefacts, antique clocks and arms. Other attraction of this museum is collection of stuffed leopard. This is the huge banner presented by Queen Victoria.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel: In 1972, Palace was converted into hotel in association with hotel chains ITC Hotels. This hotel consists of Kebab Konner, the Pillar restaurants, Marwar Hall, Risala Restaurants and the Trophy Bar.
What to see around Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Mehrangarh Fort: It is located at the height of 400 feet above Jodhpur city. This fort is named after Sun deity. It was the seat of the Rathores rulers from the house of Marwar. This palace is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. It is located 6kms away from the Palace.
Maha Mandir Temple: It is situated in Mandore road which is 5kms away from the city. Visitors attracts towards this structure for its architectural style. Different designs and figures depicting various Yogasanas will look most beautifully on the pillars of the temple. There are 84 pillars to the temple. It is located 5kms away from the Palace.
Girdikot & Sardarkot Market: It is located 3kms away from the Palace. This market consists of several markets. Market looks so colourful consists of plenty of small shops. In all the shops, shopping lovers can have Rajasthani Silver Jewellery, marble knick knacks with decorative works, clay figurines of Camels and elephants, handicrafts and Rajasthani Textiles.
Jaswant Thada: This belongs to 19th century royal cenotaph. It was built in Commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh in white Marble.
Getting to Umaid Bhawan Palace: As Umaid Bhawan Palace is located in Jodhpur, visitors have to reach Jodhpur to visit this palace. Jodhpur is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Agra, Udaipur, Jaisalmer buses come to this place. From Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaisalmer etc trains come to Jodhpur. From Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur flights come to this place. Jodhpur airport is located 5kms away from the city.
Getting around Umaid Bhawan Palace: Best way to explore this palace is on foot. Buses, Taxis and Private vehicles are used to visit the surrounding places of Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Best time to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace: Best time to visit this palace is between October to March.
Where to stay in Umaid Bhawan Palace: As this is the hotels visitors can stay in this hotel itself. It is a luxurious hotel. If wants to have budget and midrange hotels plenty of hotels available in Jodhpur.
Where to eat in Umaid Bhawan Palace: Inside the Palace multi cuisine restaurants are available. International, Chinese and Indian cuisines are available.