Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur: A marvelous piece of architecture


Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is an important tourist destination as well as a luxurious hotel. This article though focuses on its importance as a tourist spot and gives information regarding history, architecture, the museum etc. of Umaid Palace.

Rajasthan is fondly called a land of forts and palaces. Various regions of Rajasthan have many small & big forts as well as palaces. Once they were the abodes of the kings and queens. Now many of them have been turned into a hotel cum tourist spot. It has not only helped in maintaining the age old monuments but has also given the opportunity to the people of new generation to acquaint themselves with the glorious history of Rajasthan. One such beautiful edifice is Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur.

This marvelous piece of architecture, also known as Chhittar Palace because of the type of stone (chittar)used in its construction, is another one of the most sought out places of Jodhpur. It is not only a residential place (royal family of Jodhpur lives here), but a 5 star hotel as well. So it is also hugely popular among the celebrities that visit Jodhpur for different purposes.

History of Umaid Bhawan Palace


The construction of Umaid Bhawan palace was initiated in the year 1929 and the work got completed 14 years later in 1943. The decision of building this palace was taken with a view to provide employment to the people of Marwar who were suffering from a long drought in the area. Jodhpur was being ruled by Maharaja Umed Singh then. It is one of the largest palaces of India with 347 rooms in total. In the year 1972 the palace was divided into three functional parts by erstwhile ruler Maharaja Gaj Singh. One of them is now a 5 star hotel managed by Taj group. The second part consists of a museum and is open to the public. The royal family lives in the third part of the palace.

Features of Umaid Bhawan Palace


Umaid Bhawan Palace has been built using famous chittar stone of Jodhpur and so in the early days it was also known as Chittar Palace. The palace's architecture has both Rajput and Victorian touch. The central dome of the palace is 110 feet high while the construction has been done over 3.5 acres. Lush green lawn covers almost 15 acres of the land in front of the palace. Apart from these the palace has got marble corridors, courtyards, beautiful ceilings, treasure troves etc. There is also a durbar hall, a ballroom, a banquet hall, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts and a nursery etc.

The museum of Umaid palace is smaller than that of Mehrangarh, but has got some stunning articles on display. The tourists get to see armoury, furniture, pictures, clocks and antique vases in the museum.

The palace looks stunning during evening and night when it is drenched in the lights. It is easily visible from the distance.

Umaid Bhawan Palace admission timings and museum ticket prices


The museum opens at 9 a.m. in the morning and the closing time is 5 p.m. in the evening.

The museum ticket costs Rs. 50 for international tourists while the domestic guests need to pay only Rs. 15.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is a centre of many activities. A no. of events like kite festival etc. are organised here. Special occasions like Diwali and Holi are also celebrated with huge fervour. Various films also have been shot in and around the palace.


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