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The construction of Umaid Bhawan began In the 1920s when Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur came out with an ingenious plan to ensure employment for his starving population after the monsoons failed. He decided to built a new palace named after him—Umaid Bhawan Palace. This majestic palace has now been declared as the world’s best hotel as per the rankings published by travel site TripAdvisor.
One part of this jazz-age palace, which showcases glimpse of old Rajputana in many ways, is now run as a hotel by Taj Group of Hotels. And the other half serves as a residence to the current owner and former Maharaja Gaj Singh.
Nikhil Ganju, country manager, TripAdvisor India said, that an Indian hotel is the No.1 hotel in the world, as determined by the truest yardstick possible, the reviews and opinions of the world’s largest travel community.
Chinmai Sharma, chief revenue officer of Taj Hotels resorts and palaces, said, that they were extremely proud to have been recognised by millions of TripAdvisor travellers who have voted the hotel as Best in the World through their unbiased reviews.
Looking at its design and construction, this yellow sandstone palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, Umaid Bhawan was conceived in the fashionable Art Deco Style of that time. And after 15 years in construction, the 347 – room palace was finally completed in 1943 – and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.
Its majestic 105 – foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. It has lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork is complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
It is to be mentioned that the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world’s largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens. While one part of this The Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites, private museum, and panelled recreation room. With the passing time, the mystic might have faded but Umaid Bhawan is a palace which still has the essence of princely era and untold luxury.