Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur
Umaid Bhavan Palace One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid
Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the
palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum. Umaid Bhawan Palace has
347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family.
One of the world's largest private residences, the palace has been named after Maharajah
Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace. Taj Hotels manages
a part of the palace. Called Chittar Palace during its construction, the palace
was completed in 1943. The palace was constructed between 1929 and 1943.
Situated on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, the palace is a blend of Indian and
European architectural influences. Edwardian architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester
and Indian architect Budhmal Rai designed the palatial building. Renaissance has
inspired the building's prominent central dome, which is a 32 m high cupola. Towers
of the palace draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. Blend of art Deco and millennia-old
Hindu architectural traditions is evident in the architecture of the palace. Presently
owned by Gaj Singh, the palace is divided into three sections. These include a luxury
Taj Palace Hotel (in existence since 1972), the residence of the erstwhile royal
family, and a Museum focusing on the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.
Exterior of the building is adorned with landscaped gardens.