The majestic 5-star Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace set amid 26 acres of lush gardens and perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, is one of the last of the great palaces of Indian and largest private residences in the world. It’s the perfect choice if you appreciate heritage architecture, luxurious amenities and are looking for a truly special place to stay for a memorable trip through India’s Golden Triangle.
The hotel’s Jiva Spa boasts opulent surroundings where guests can come and enjoy a treatment based on the ancient healing art of Ayurvedic medicine, a yoga class, steam bath, sauna or Jacuzzi.
There’s a generous selection of room types, starting with palace rooms which feature an Art Deco-inspired decor, that also blends traditional Indian features such as paintings, dark-wood furniture and ornate windows. These rooms boast all the modern conveniences you’d need for a comfortable stay, such as Wi-Fi, a private bar, 32-inch LCD TV with DVD player, a bath menu, complimentary toiletries, robes, slippers and luxurious bed linen. There are also various suites to choose from that feature more space and slightly more opulent surroundings.
No trip to Jodhpur would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort built in 1459, perched on a cliff overlooking the city below and consisting of several apartments boasting intricate palatial interiors. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop in one of the many bazaars that line the streets of Jodhpur, such as the Girdikot and Sardar Market, or narrow lanes dotted with shops selling textiles, jewellery, handicrafts and clay figures.
The hotel boasts various fine dining options with menus designed by the hotel’s head chef, Sonu Koithara, featuring delicious gourmet regional cuisine as well as international choices. These include Risala, an opulent dining room with views over the gardens, the city and the Mehrangarh Fort, and Pillars, a more casual affair set in a colonnaded veranda serving drinks, snacks as well as breakfast. The hotel also offers various charming lounges where you can catch up after a day of sightseeing over a crisp wine, cool beer or creative cocktail.
Jodhpur 342 006RajastanIndia