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"Umaid Bhawan Palace" Umaid Bhavan Palace Tip by Willettsworld

Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur: 16 reviews and 47 photos

The Umaid Bhawan Palace is not only one of India's most imposing palaces but also among its most recent. It is the other large presence on the horizon when you're walking in the city as it lies on the other side of the city from the Mehrangarh Fort on the rocky Chittar Hill. This huge ediface, built of creamy-pink sandstone and marble as a fusion of Rajput, Jain and Art Deco styles, has some 347 rooms including 8 dining halls, two theatres, a ballroom, several lavishly decorated reception halls and a vast underground swimming pool. A 60m (197ft) dome covers the cavernous central hall which, at its inauguration seated 1,000 people for dinner. The palace was commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh (1876-1947) and was begun in 1929, employing some 3,000 men for 15 years to complete. Umaid Singh's grandson, Gaj Singh, still lives in a section of the palace, while the rest has been turned into a luxury hotel and museum which is worth a visit (see tip). Take an auto-rickshaw from the city and ask the driver to wait.

Museum open: 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays. Admission: Rs50 for foreigners.

Address: Circuit House Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
Phone: +91 291 251 0101

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  • Written Nov 15, 2007
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