Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
The second metropolitan city of Rajasthan, also known by the names of “Sun City” and “Blue City”, is the capital city of Jodhpur State Marwar. The royal past of Jodhpur is represented by various palaces, forts, aged tradition, and culture. Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most popular attractions of Jodhpur. The name of the palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, who is the grandfather of the current owner of the palace. In earlier times, the palace was known as ‘Chittar Mahal’ because it is located on Chittar hill (highest point Jodhpur). Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is an excellent example of magnificent architecture and is an amazing combination of Rajput and Victorian styles.
The palace was demolished by Maharaja Ummed Singh on November 18, 1929, and the construction remained in progress till 1944. Later, it was constructed to provide employment to poor and unemployed people of the place. Palace is one of the largest private houses in the world, with 347 rooms. In today’s time, the main owner of the palace is Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur. The palace is divided mainly into three coaches, such as the Maharaja’s royal residence, a museum, and a heritage hotel.
The museum has a large collection of weapons, a banner presented by Queen Victoria and wonderful watches providing detailed information about the royal age of Rajasthan.
History and Legend
Umaid Bhawan Palace was originally designed by a renowned Edwardian architect HV Lancaster. After the ruins of the palace on 18 November 1929, again the stone was constructed on the Chittar hill by the Maharaja himself.
There were about fifty thousand men and women, who had worked for the construction of this royal palace for more than fifteen years, under the supervision of architect Golwadra. The architect used to get a thousand rupees per month and the workers were paid only fifty paise a day.
All the colorful stones used in building construction were brought by a special train. And skilled workers cut large pieces of stones into complex designs. Approximately 94, 51,565 rupees are spent in applying the Maharaja.
Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur Rajasthan is a great example of remarkable constructions. Apart from this, now it is a 5-star luxurious hotel where there can be a royal stay with all the modern amenities.
Capturing an area in 26 acres area, the Royal Mansion is 110 feet high and shows magnificent rooms showing a magnificent Bigon era. It is one of the most expensive hotels in Jodhpur. Regal Palace has elegant royal heritage, high ceilings, marble corridors, treasure trolley, hunting trophies, green velvet lawns, and patio. The interior of the castle was first designed by the London Maples in Art Deco style, but later, the ship carrying goods for Bombay was immersed in 1942 by the Germans. Later, Maharaja Ummed Singh himself bought a pole artist, named Stephen Norbaldin, who was familiar with the style of an interior decorator and Art Deco.
The beautifully designed paintings and furnishings made by Stefan are still well preserved here. This is the last royal creation of India. In addition, out of a total of 26 acres, fifteen acres of spacious gardens include its central cupola, a ballroom, a library, indoor swimming, billiard room, four tennis courts, 105 ft durbar hall for visitors, a marble Pavilion, a nursery, garages which can park twenty motor cars and two marble squash courts.
In addition, the grand mansion includes a unique clock tower, court hall for a public meeting, Edwardian drawing room, banquet, cinema hall, a private area for women and billiard rooms. During his formation, Umaid Bhavan was the most anticipated palace for ‘Maharaja of Kotah’; As before they lived in a small castle inside the same city. Thus, for the rest of the queen, Umaid Saheb decided to do this good work.
Later, in order to provide space for Maharaj Kumar Bhim Singh and his wife, in 1930, the palace was expanded by architect George Devon. This section is still reserved and is not open to the public, however, the rest of the palace is considered as a private residence in the form of a heritage hotel. Like another royal Rajput mansion, Umaid Bhawan Palace also has a Zenana section for males and for women with separate entrances.
Inside Umaid Bhawan Palace:
The Trophy Bar
Trophy bars show interesting features like elephant foot feces, tiger skin cushions, bears in the form of bears, large wild pork, fish grapes from Africa, and a large collection of ghazals.
The Billiards Room
The billiard room represents Victorian and Edwardian race-horses and Maharaja Sardar Singh Racehorse oil stable.
Sub-terrain swimming pool
Here is a part of the Zodiac Club in the pool, a gym, a sauna, billiards room, two marble squash courts, four tennis courts and a Crockett lawn for sunbathing.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Umaid Bhawan Palace is another main compartment palace museum, which is the very essence of the land and the stock of the soul. The museum is open to the public, closed only on Sundays. The museum has a huge collection of weapons, furniture, watches, and vases of China.