Fodor's Expert Review Umaid Bhawan Palace

Off S.H.61, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 342006, India Fodor's Choice

You can live like (and alongside) royalty at this magnificent palace, one of Rajasthan's grandest hotels, where the royal treatment begins the moment you arrive: bugles sound, drums play, petals are strewn at your feet, and an ornate canopy comes up to welcome you. Still home to the titular Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family, who live in a separate and distant wing away from guests, this Taj group--managed hotel has a massive, domed lobby, lavish public rooms filled with objets d'art, and many guest rooms that, though not opulent, are in art deco style, with large luxurious bathrooms.

Splurge on a small suite, if you can.

There's a beautiful, astrology-theme subterranean pool that was built for the ladies of the palace, though sunbathers will prefer the one in the garden. The property has been featured in many movies and has hosted at least one international celebrity wedding.


  • impeccable, over-the-top service
  • the massive lawn is great for walks
  • excellent restaurants


  • extremely expensive
  • not close to the Old City
  • some rooms lack privacy




Phones: 291-251–0101


65 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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