Home to Jodhpur's royal family, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, perched high above the desert capital, is one of the world's largest private residences, and counted amongst the last great palaces of India.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. A Maharaja's retreat where guests will feel pampered and spoiled in ways that only royals become accustomed to. The lobby alone is a sight to behold, with its huge, domed ceiling presiding over a patterned marble floor that extends outwards from an elaborate central seating area.
Choose from among 75 rooms and suites in what was once one of the world's largest residences. From the ornate Maharani Suite, with etched black glass, pink, and mirror accents, to the Art Deco-laden Royal Suites, with their fairy-tale views of the courtyard's fountain, each room is the stuff Bollywood dreams are made of. Retreat to the Jiva Grande spa to enjoy traditional aromatherapy, and a more colonial game of squash. Finally, take a dip in the Zodiac Pool, surrounded by the murals of Stefan Norblin. When hungry, be prepared to be spoiled by the bountiful culinary traditions of Jodhpur: Makhaniya Lassi, Pyaaj Kachori, or for the more daring, Hot and Spicy Mirchibada.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is only five kilometres away from the Jodhpur International Airport (JDH), about a 20 minute drive. You can't miss it, it's the sprawling Edwardian palace on the right.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport: 5 km / 3 miles