Synopsis: The Rajasthan “Land of Kings” is back in news for offering grand hospitality at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Tourists can now feel the opulence of Rajasthan through their eyes at this historical palace in Jodhpur.
Rajasthan is the Land of Kings, and many famous royal families still stay here in their palace to protect their culture and heritage. Presently, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is the best example of royalty in the city. This name is closely associated with royalty for ages.
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is best known for its magnificent architecture and world-class luxury. This building, a palace in the land of the kings, is a display of Indo-Deco and Beaux Arts architecture. The sight of peacocks strolling leisurely through the gardens is a unique experience.
History of Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1928 and 1943, and presently his grandson is the owner of the palace. The foundation of Umaid Bhawan was first laid on November 18, 1929, by Maharaja Umaid Singh However, the construction work was completed in 1943, and the King could enjoy his creation only for four years and die in 1947.
After Maharaja Umaid Singh, his successor Hanwant Singh took over the empire and served for a few years before he died tragically at the young age of 28 in 1952 in a plane crash. In 1971, Gaj Singh II, who had succeeded his father, turned a portion of the palace into a hotel, and this part is now owned by the Taj Group of Hotels.
The hotel has 347 rooms, all of which are exquisite and rich in history. The Great Gatsby style is present in every nook and cranny of the palace! The entire area resembles a set from a world we have only read about in Indian history books, a world that was only known to the kings and queens of past glorious eras.
The remaining part of the palace is still owned by the royal family, and the present Maharaja still lives in the palace with his family. Golden and yellow-colored sandstone is used to build this palace that stands out among other buildings in the city. The interior woodwork of the palace is done using Burmese teak and Makrana marble, which further enhances its singular beauty. Please be careful not to get lost in the numerous courtyards here! A 300-person capacity is available in the enormous banquet hall.
A visit worth the experience:
It’s a completely distinct feeling to experience the royal hospitality at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. You will be greeted like royals on your visit to this palace. There are warm Smiles, ceremonial drum beats on both sides of the aisle, and tilak on your forehead to make you feel royal.
The major attractions inside the palace include a museum that displays stuffed leopards and a large flag that was given to Maharaja Jaswant Singh by Queen Victoria in 1877.
Apart from the historical artifact, the museum also displays a wide collection of royal vintage cars that were once owned by the king. The most fascinating one among them is the 1938 Cadillac and the stunning 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Umaid Bhawan-A popular wedding destination for celebrities:
Apart from being a royal palace and a world-class hotel, it is also the wedding destination for many celebrities.
While the majority of Bollywood stars pick foreign locales for their special day, there are many people who want their big day to be desi. The desi girl and famous Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra herself planned a complete, stunning desi wedding with American pop star Nick Jonas at Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur. The ethereal wedding photos from Umaid Bhawan were all over the internet at that time.
Back in March 2007, Elizabeth Hurley, and Arun Nayar, exchanged vows in a lavish ceremony at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Recently, Shruti Kharbanda, the daughter of veteran actor Kulbhushan Kharbanda, wedded with her beau Rohit Navale at the same Umaid Bhawan.
While visiting Rajasthan, you can experience luxury on wheels as well through the “Palace on wheels. Dharmendra Rathore, Chairman of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation make an announcement to resume the Palace on Wheels services from September.