Umaid Bhawan: This Ostentatious Palace Was A Famine Relief Project

As opulent as it would be but the interesting fact is that Umaid Bhawan was meant to create jobs during the times of famine. The city whose nucleus is the outstanding Mehrangarh fort can’t settle with a modest palace especially when it was going to be the new home of royals. So, a fusion of Rajput, Jain, and Art Deco styles was used to make this magnificent edifice.

Things To Know

  • While the work began in 1929, it took fifteen years to complete the construction. Over three thousand men were employed for the project. A railway line, 19 km long, was laid to fetch the stones from the quarry.
  • The huge palace has 347 rooms that include eight dining halls, two theatres, a ballroom, and several lavishly decorated reception halls. There is also a vast underground swimming pool.
  • The palace was commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh and designed by HV Lanchester, the architect of the Central Hall of Westminster in London.
  • In 1977, when the privy purses were abolished, Maharaja Gaj Singh converted a part of this palace into a hotel. Today it is divided into three sections: the royal apartments, the hotel, and the museum. The hotel is managed by the Taj Group.
  • The Museum has on display several objects that the royals would’ve used or collected.

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