Jodhpur - 342 006, Rajasthan
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most popular palace hotels in India. Built in 1943, this palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1972. Famous as the largest residence in the world, this palace still houses the royal family of Jodhpur in one portion of the premises. The other portions have been divided into a heritage hotel and a museum respectively. Managed by the distinguished Taj Group, this hotel is located on the picturesque Chittar hill.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is nestled amidst 26 acres of lush green gardens. The golden-yellow sandstone exteriors of the building stand in sharp contrast to the green surroundings thereby adding an all the more ethereal quality to the vicinity. Architectural styles of the East and the West have been wonderfully merged to reflect their essence and wonderfully complement the spirit of Umaid Bhawan Palace. There is a selection of 64 guestrooms housed here. Relive the grandeur of the Rajputana era while staying in any of these rooms and suites. Do not miss to feast on the style and spacious elegance available in these rooms! Spacious balcony, in-room safe, internet access, and private baths are some of the amenities available in the guestrooms worth mentioning. The suites housed here feature these and additional services such as dressing room, drawing room, and dining areas as well.
Designed to house the queen of Umaid Singh, the Maharani Suite exudes elegance and style from all its corners. This spacious suite features a living room, a dining room, bedroom, a kitchenette, and even a private balcony that facilitates wonderful visuals of the Mehrangarh Fort and the verdant green gardens of the palace premises. Primarily adorned in pink, this suite also exhibits dashes of chrome and black besides a huge mural of Goddess Kali on black glass.
While the Maharani Suite radiates feminine grace and charm, the Maharaja Suite is best known for its classic masculine style. These private chambers that once housed Maharaja Umaid Singh, today comprises of a living room, a dining room, spa room, bedroom with an attached bathroom, and also a private balcony or verandah. Sitting in the balcony, guests may enjoy a visual treat of the palace courtyards.
These suites are spacious enough to house a large living room and dining room with equally grand bedroom and dressing area. These suites are also equipped with a private balcony and tastefully done up interiors of Indian essence. The paintings that adorn the walls of these suites add a regal flair.
These were once designed to house the royal guests who were important dignitaries from the various corners of the world. Even today these suites are best opted by international guests owing to the classiness of their interiors and the very attractive palace views.
The Palace Rooms offer guests an insight into the heritage of the place. Spacious and luxuriant, these rooms definitely facilitate visitors to indulge in loads of comfort and elegance.
The dining experiences that one can enjoy while at the Umaid Bhawan Palace makes the stay all the more special for the guests. Savor on the grandeur of this heritage property through the culinary delights that are served across the various restaurants housed within the palace premises. Age-old royal recipes that were followed while preparing food for the royal family members are used to create an authentic experience for you. The various alternatives that are housed here include:
This A la Carte restaurant serves delectables from the local culinary repertoire. A host of vegetarian and non vegetarian fares and a lavish selection of beverages wait to be picked here. The ambiance, with large chandeliers and stylish furniture, sets the right mood for the visitor.
This eatery serves a range of international flavors especially in the grilled variety. The taste of the royal barbeque items will linger on in your mind forever.
Aptly named according to the setting in which this café shop is located, The Pillars strive to offer a unique dining option to its guests. The open-air ambiance and the vastness of the premise gardens create a majestic feel for everyone to regale in.
The wood covered interiors, the cozy comfortable furniture, the thematic furnishings, and above all the grand trophies that hung on the high walls – the Trophy Bar is for the adventurous one and also for the one who is interested in enjoying a relaxed evening.
Besides the aforesaid indoor dining alternatives, Umaid Bhawan Palace also houses a number of outdoor dining experiences that one may avail of. Flaming Torch dinners, Baradari Theme dinners, Sundeck Lunches, and Dinners organized at the Fountain courtyard are a few of the most significant options to be mentioned here.
There is a health club housed within the Umaid Bhawan Palace that aims to take care of all your fitness needs. For recreation there is a plethora of activities that one may avail of. One may try out the in house boutique, tennis and croquet, or better still visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace museum in order to gain an insight into the history and heritage of the place.
Jiva Grande is the in house Spa of the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace that is fitted with 2 single treatment rooms, an individual shower, steam room, a temperature controlled Zodiac swimming pool, and also a wet area comprising of a Jacuzzi, steam, sauna, and a chilled shower.
Significant treatments that guests can avail of in this Spa have been mentioned below for your perusal:
Jivaniya - Traditional Indian herbs and spices are used to offer this particular massage therapy that enhances physical well being by improving blood circulation and relieving muscular tension.
Pehlwan Maalish - Mustard oil used in this massage provides respite from sore and aching muscles and thereby facilitating guests with a unique aromatherapy care.
Champi - Enjoy the traditional Indian head massage and release tensions from the head, shoulders, and neck. 30 minutes of this massage enables clarity of mind and enhances the quality of hair.
Pada Mardana - This 1 hour foot massage soothes and relaxes the body in a big way.
Sammardana - Enhance the mobility of joints and relax completely after opting for the
Sammardana massage. This ancient Indian deep tissue massage will leave you completely rejuvenated.
Anana Lepa - For Anana Lepa facial, natural products are used that tone and nourish the skin thereby leaving you radiant.
Scrubs and Wraps - There are a number of scrubs and wraps available in the Jiva Grande at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. These are best picked by guests in order to exfoliate the body, soothe the senses, and above all reduce toxins and remove impurities.
Soundarya - This beauty therapy takes about 5 hours to complete. A completely holistic treatment; Soundarya rejuvenates the body, nourishes your skin, pampers your limbs, and thereby leaves you feeling completely renewed with energies. A combination of scrubs, wraps, massages, and pampering is offered to the guests in this genre.