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#2 of 233 Places To Visit in Jodhpur
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Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 342006, India
contact
+91-291-2510101
entry fee
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50
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All days of the week
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Umaid Bhawan Palace was the last palace built in Jodhpur and happens to be one of the largest royal residence in the world. It was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh with the intention of providing public relief and employment during a long period of drought. Around three thousand artisans were employed over a period of 15 years for this project and over a million square feet of marble and a special kind of sandstone (Chittar sandstone) was used to construct the palace, which is why it is also referred to as Chittar Palace by the locals here.

With its balconies, gardens, courtyards and stately rooms, the palace symbolises the best of Indo-Saracenic architecture. A special mention goes to the Umaid Gardens which are absolutely amazing and are beautifully laid out. The palace has now been divided into three parts. One functioning as a hotel, another other housing a museum and the third used as the royal residence. Moreover, on the way to Umaid Bhawan, you will come across this city’s largest antique market selling silver jewellery, metal wares, furniture, pottery, window frames and what not! Make sure you have ample luggage space for these artistic beauties.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is magnificent. Representative of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, it’s made of sandstone put together without the use of mortar. Umaid Singh ordered the construction of the palace to give relief and work to people affected by a famine in the late 1920s. The project took 15 years to complete and employed 3,000 artisans. In 1977, the erstwhile maharaja, Gaj Singh, converted a part of it into a hotel. Today, the palace is divided into three sections:

■ The royal apartments (closed to tourists)
■ The heritage hotel, which is now being run by the Taj Group
■ A museum, which offers a display of royal artefacts such as crystals, clocks, crockery, memorabilia and anything else that may have caught the royal fancy. The clock collection is the most interesting

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Ravi Agarwal
Ravi Agarwal
Sand stone Taj of Jodhpur
Jun 24 2014
This is a great art work on sand stone. We can say it another Tajmahal on sand stone. The Royal place for living where still King of Jodhpur is living. Its muesum, swimming pool, garden, food etc all are amazing. It is one of largest private residenc ...... read more
Amar Ananth
Amar Ananth
Wonderful Palace India India
Jun 19 2014
This place is really good to visit. Built by King Umaid Singh, king of Jodhpur, This place has some special feel that once will like to share. Build on the top of a hill it keeps us away from Heat of Rajasthan. With a Superb collection of old article ...... read more
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