Jodhpur is a royal city of marvelous palaces and an untarnished rich legacy. The extremely grand architecture, the exquisite designs and the alluring tales of the bygone Rajput era make Jodhpur an ideal place to visit. There are many palaces in Jodhpur and many of them have been redeveloped into luxurious hotels but their antiquity will still make you feel as if you were in the Rajput era.
You can also visit them for their history and heritage and etch the experience in your memory forever. This is the list of the most iconic palaces of Jodhpur. Near our luxury desert camp in Jodhpur, experience the various palaces that are within this incredible city.
This palace was built in the year 1943, and is a wonderful combination of a fascinating past and a luxurious present. The Umaid Bhawan Palace happens to be a luxury hotel, a museum and the royal residence of the current Raja of Jodhpur, Raja Gaj Singh, at the same time. Besides the palace not only being a historic landmark, it was commissioned in 1929 to provide work to drought stricken farmers of the area and thus it took a longer time to complete. The Umaid Bhawan Palace offers amazing experiences and encounters ranging from its incredible heritage walks to its fine dining experiences. This award winning luxury hotel and palace is well known for its hospitality and feel of immense luxury. The hotel was also recently in the news for being the wedding destination of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, a very well known Hollywood pop music star. At present, the palace consisting of 347 rooms has been divided into 3 parts.
The first part is the residence of the royal family, where tourists are not allowed to enter at all. The second part is an antique museum which houses a rich collection of rare photographs, clocks, arms, stuffed animals and many other different types of possessions of the royal family. The third part of the palace has been created into an incredible and exquisite five star hotel, and offers the most luxurious services to its clientele.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is the most popular hotel in Jodhpur. The palace is also perched on top of the mighty Chittar hill, and is hence often referred to as Chittar palace too. There is a lush green beautiful garden outside the palace with an incredible variety of flowers which undoubtedly adds to the beauty of this palace. Make a visit to the Umaid Bhawan Palace a part of the itinerary during your stay at our luxury desert camp in Jodhpur.
In the royal city of Jodhpur lies the wondrous Jaswant Thada, a marvellous marble cenotaph monument which is also a mausoleum for the Kings of Marwar. Maharaja Sardar Singh made this memorial in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in the year 1899. The Marwar Royal Family still uses this mausoleum as a cremation ground. The surreal edifice is made up of intricately carved marble that is set back against the red steps which lead up to the entrance.
Jaswant Thada is considered to be one of the biggest architectural landmarks of Jodhpur and should be seen by one and all visiting Jodhpur. There is a beautiful garden maintained inside the cenotaph which tourists can explore with the monument. One can always see local musicians on the stairs leading up to Jaswant Thada with their music and songs, ready to play for the tourists. There are folk dancers over there too. The thin sheets of skillfully carved marble are worth appreciating. The complete structure of Jaswant Thada completely resembles a temple with unmatched beauty. This cenotaph attracts tourists from all across the world and is also regarded as the Taj Mahal of Jodhpur in popular culture.
This palace, known as the Ranabanka palace was built by Maharaja Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singhji, located at a distance of 4 kilometers from the Jodhpur airport. This palace was built in the year 1927. The first palace in India to be ever converted into a luxury heritage hotel was the Ranabanka palace. The perfect combination of modern luxurious comfort and rich heritage luxury defines the Ranabanka Palace.
One of the most famous heritage hotels that were once palaces is the Indana palace of Jodhpur. It is situated at a distance of just 3 kilometers from the Jodhpur airport and this palace is an exquisite blend of traditional Rajasthani culture and modern amenities. There are various different cultural programs that take place here in the evening for which the palace is known for. The main attractions among them are puppet shows and Rajasthani folk dances.
The word ‘Moti Villas’ in Hindi means ‘Pearl Palace’. This palace is situated near the famous Ranisar Padamsar Lake of Jodhpur, Moti Villas has emerged as one of the topmost heritage hotels of Rajasthan and India alike in recent years. Moti Villas is also at a walking distance from Umaid Bhawan Palace, another top heritage hotel and palace of Jodhpur. You should definitely visit these palaces in Jodhpur as part of the experience of the luxury desert camp in Jodhpur known as the Manvar Desert Experience.