"Part royal residence and part luxury hotel, the Umaid Bhawan is a modern palace with an old world charm."

Need to know

    • 42 suites and 22 rooms
    • Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
    • Home of the Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s 6th largest residence
    • Flexible on check-in and check-out times – upto 6 hours subject to availability

We love

  • Grandiose welcome with war drums, musicians and dancers
  • Stunning subterranean zodiac pool flanked by a signature spa
  • Lavish gourmet experiences with the best local delicacies
  • 15 acres of lush manicured gardens with a view of Meherangarh Fort
  • House cocktails with their specially made chilli infused alcohols

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

Book 2 nights and get a 3rd free during off-season; value additions like a city-tour or a free dinner otherwise.

Top Secret

With hotel staff that goes the extra mile to help you celebrate any occasion, don’t be shy in letting them know! With little notice, they can organise a romantic dinner, serenaded by local musicians, at the highest point of the hotel (and of Jodhpur!) which will take your breath away.

Origins

To stave off a famine induced crisis in the 1920s, the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Umaid Singh built a grand palace with the intention of employing thousands of people. Born uniquely out of a noble cause, the palace is still home to the much loved and revered royal family of Jodhpur.

The Review

Wardrums, flutes, trumpets, dancers, singers and champagne – brace yourself for the most royal welcome you’re ever likely to receive. Cleverly designed, the over-the-top welcome is meant to disconnect you from life outside the palace walls and to immediately immerse you into a carefully curated royal experience.

Designed by HV Lanchester, the famous British architect, the palace boasts of lavish baroque interiors of red sandstone pillars, marble floors, intricately carved walls and even several of the erstwhile king’s hunting trophies. From the white marble squash court to the meticulously twirled 5 inch moustache of the lift operator, the opulence and attention to detail is staggering.

The palace is also home to an interesting wood panelled bar and library that was once kept cool by pouring tons of ice into hollow cavities within the walls. On the walls itself are several skilfully taxidermied leopard and tiger heads. If a Bond villain ever needed to plan global domination while stroking a white cat, this would be a pretty good spot to do it.

To save the best for last, right beneath the main dome is the subterranean oval pool flanked by a Taj signature spa – undoubtedly one of the best in the world. The must-try signature therapies include a full body scrub using locally sourced ingredients, a bath of raw milk and rose petals, and the traditional practice of Indian Cupping for treating long-term chronic ailments. The spa therapist welcomes you with an old Indian saying “Athithi Devo Bhava” that loosely translates to, ‘A Guest is like a God’ which perfectly sums up the entire Umaid Bhawan experience.

Location

Umaid Bhawan Palace

  • Address: Circuit House Road, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
  • Travel info: Only a 10 minute drive from the Jodhpur airport. The palace provides hotel pick-ups and drops on request.

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Helipad

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • 24 Hour Services

  • Butler Service

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Car Parking

  • Pet Friendly

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa