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Fast Facts
District : Jodhpur, West of Rajasthan
Distance : 352 kms from Jaipur
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Umaid Bhawan - Overview
Umaid Bhawan stands on the Chittar Hills in the south eastern part of the city. The palace as such is often referred as Chittar Palace by the local population. The palace has been built in traditional architecture style and features many of the attractions of ancient Rajasthan monuments. Umaid Bhawan reveals a fusion of the traditional and Western styles of architecture. However, the outlook is predominantly traditional. The palace features three segments - Heritage Hotel, Private Residence and the Museum. There are beautiful balconies, courtyards, terraces and rich palace halls.

Brief History
Umaid Bhawan, a grand heritage hotel in the present era, was founded by Maharaja Umed Singh and the date was 18 Nov, 1929. A firm from London - Lancaster and Lodge was commissioned to build the castle. The palace, considered as one of the most expensive private properties has now been serving for almost 30 years. A lot of manpower and resources were employed in erecting this mega structure. The place took almost 16 years to complete. An amount of one crore and twenty one lac rupees were spend on the construction purposes, which by Indian standards at that time meant quite a big sum.
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What's So Special
Umaid Bhawan was one of the last royal constructions in Rajasthan. The building stands as a grand palace and features gardens, palace halls, balconies, terraces and more. The palace is built in the sandstone and highlights the typical Rajputana style. The complex is divided into three main segments - the heritage hotel, private residence and the museum. The whole palace complex has as many as 347 rooms. The palace stands grounded in an area of about 26 acres. Out of these 15 acres are occupied by palace lawns.

The Heritage hotel is open for the public and tourists. The complex comprises of two wings that are topped by a double dome 185 feet tall. The hotel provides all the facilities as does a luxury hotel. There are about 98 spacious and richly furnished rooms and provided with all modern means of comfort. The royal suites, fountains and more than that food and hospitality are the best to be offered. Provided in one of the courtyards is the swimming pool. The interiors are laid down with antique furniture and priceless decorations.

The main entrance of the palace is marked by the presence of sacred kite (bird) which is symbolic of the family goddess. Rajmahal houses many banquet halls and ball rooms. It may be worth telling you here that the palace served as a millitary base during the World War II. The allied forces, on many occasions have enjoyed the luxury in various parties held in these banquets. Also housed in the complex is an underground hospital and a theatre.

One amazing fact of the palace is that the building construction does not use any binding material, like mortar. Stones used in the construction are bound together by interlocking and the pattern has been multiplied for the whole of the structure.

Reaching Umaid Bhawan
There are a number of options available to access the palace. Located in the city of Jodhpur, the place can be accessed by travelling in a bus or train or by boarding a flight for the same city. Roads, railways and Jodhpur airport connects the city with the rest of the Rajasthan and to many other popular Indian cities.

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