Built by and named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, the ruler of Jodhpur (1918-1947), Umaid Bhawan Palace is considered as one of the most opulent and largest homes ever built. Showcasing a lovely blend of eastern and western architectural influences, it boasts large viewing balconies, tall ceilings and sturdy stone pillars.

The palace sits on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, and gives a fascinating view of the blue city. From here, one can capture stunning pictures.

The palace is surrounded by splendid gardens and houses �over three hundred and fifty rooms. It was converted into a heritage hotel in 1977, and is now segmented into a museum, the Royal residence, and a Heritage Hotel.

The Taj Hotel Group owns and maintains one wing of the palace. It has suites that are categorised as the Maharani Suite, Maharaja Suite, Royal Suite, Regal Suite and Deluxe rooms, allowing guests to get the essence of royal life, given that Maharani Badan Kanwar of Jodhpur actually lived here for some time. The hotel ingratiates itself to guests with elegant dining, a spa and a yoga studio. The grand property also houses a museum that is open to all. The museum has exhibits of glass, porcelain wares, memorabilia, and information on the building of the palace.

While you�re here, don�t forget to catch the sunset at the Balsamand and Kalyana lakes, located in close vicinity to Umaid Bhawan Palace.

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