Hotel: Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur
Though a countless number of celebrities have passed through this actual palace, Nick Jonas and Prianka Chopra selected The Taj as the venue for their much-talked-about wedding, which took place at the end of 2018. Having sat in front-row seats at the second Royal Wedding of this century, the celebrity couple indubitably know a thing or two about luxury ceremonies.
To most of us jet setters, staying at a hotel that feels like a palace and where you’re treated like royalty is almost a traveling requirement nowadays. However, staying at a hotel that is an actual authentic palace is new even to us. As the former primary residence of the Jodhpur royal family, the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the vastest private residences in the world, with three hundred and forty-seven rooms, twenty-six acres (of which fifteen acres are reserved for gardens alone), a throne chamber (duh), a banquet hall, a ballroom, a museum, in indoor swimming pool, a spa – and that just about barely scratches the surface. And since the palace sits atop the highest point in Jodhpur, Chittar Hill, it may just be located in the most Instagram-able spot in India, with its breathtaking views of Blue City, the Mehrangarh Fort, the Balsamand and Kalyana lakes, and sand dunes for miles.
Construction of the Taj began in 1928, but the hotel part of the palace was refurbished by The Taj Group of Hotels in 2005. In saying that, you get the best of both worlds: every conceivable royal amenity soaked in historical air, combined with the comfort of modern luxury tailored your every 21st century need – a 20-minute ride to the airport, and back-door-close proximity to the main shopping areas of the city.
Q: When are the check-in and check-out times at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace?
A: Check-in is at 2p.m., and check-out is at noon.
Q: Where can one read up on the various dining options for hotel guests?
A: The Unique Dining section of the Jodhpur section of the hotel website details the three restaurant options.
Q: Is there a hotel spa?
A: Yes, the Jiva Spa is at this Taj Hotel location. Details are on the Jiva Spa section of the website.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Information
Address: Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
Phone number: +91 291 251 0101