Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.
In early 2016 the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace was voted the 'Best Hotel in the World' in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time. 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.
World Discovery prices are based on Palace Rooms (below). Upgrades are available to a variety of suites.
For dining there is a choice of the Risala a la carte restaurant or the Pillars coffee shop, whilst the Trophy Bar offers a wide choice of beverages.
There are two swimming pool (one outdoor and the stylish Zodiac pool indoors, below), and Umaid Bhawan offers guests a range of spa treatments at the well-known Jiva Spa.