One of the largest private residences in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, built between 1928 and 1943 for Maharaja Umaid Singh is Travelers’ Choice for the world’s best hotel. Operated by Taj Group hotels and set among 26 acres of lush gardens, there are 64 hotel rooms and suites within the Art Deco palace.
Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, the grandfather of the present owner of the palace, Gaj Singh, there are 347 rooms and the edifice serves as the primary residence of the Jodhpur royal family.
Housing a museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace was called Chittar Palace due to the use of stones drawn from Chittar Hill where it is situated. On November 18, 1929, ground was broken by Maharaja Umaid Singh and construction was finally completed in 1943.
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The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.