Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. This is only palace to have a working elevator in India. Located in Jodhpur, a part of this palace is a heritage hotel today. The palace has 347 rooms, which were occupied by the royal family of Jodhpur royals in the past.
The Palace is divided into three functional parts – the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, and a Museum focusing on the 20th-century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.
Today, it is one of the best luxury hotels in India and has been recognized for the same by numerous entities. The palace was built in Beaux Arts Style in a mixture of western and eastern architectural styles. No trip to Jodhpur is complete without spending a few hours at this palace. If you wish to enjoy the real beauty of the palace, visit during winter mornings.
The foundation for this grand palace was made in 1929 by Umaid Singh. In 1943, the palace was open for official residence. It is said that the palace was mainly built to employ thousands of people during a grand famine. A saint cursed the land that famine will fall upon the reign. Truth to his words, the place was in serious drought for more than three years.