Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singhji Palace was fascinated with
so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry
Vaughan Lanchester, a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of
New Delhi) to construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid
Bhawan Palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is one of the largest and
grandest private residences in the world.
The palace was built
by 3000 artisans worked over 14 years. The palace consumed one million
square feet of the finest marble. Beautiful Central Rotunda, the cupola
rises to a hundred and five feet high, the Throne Room with its
exquisite Ramayana murals, an elegant wood-panelled library, and even a
private museum, an indoor swimming pool, a Billiards Room, tennis courts
and unique marble squash courts makes Umaid Bhawan Palace is unabashedly
the most magnificent.
The palace was also built with
superficial intentions of providing employment to famine stricken
farmers. a part of this palace has been converted into a heritage hotel,
however, another part is still occupied by the descendants of the
Maharaja. The museum of the palace is highly recommended for its display
of weapons, an array of stuffed leopards, a huge banner presented by
Queen Victoria and an incredible collection of clocks.
since its opening In 1977, Umaid Bhawan has remained one of the top
heritage hotels in India and the very best in Jodhpur.