Entrance to Umaid Bhawan.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum in Jodhpur was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh. Maharaja Umaid Singh was a person with elegant and sophisticated taste. He was deeply attracted to the western lifestyle and its elegant architectures. With this thought he hired the famous Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, for the Umaid Bhavan Palace. The maharaja got the palace constructed with the purpose of providing employment to famine stricken farmers. The palace consists of 347 rooms. All the rooms are spacious, gorgeously decorated and reflect a rich ambience. Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace was one of the last palaces to be built in India. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Western India. The attractions of the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur include the Throne Room (housing fascinating Ramayana murals), a wood-paneled library, a private museum. The well appointed museum showcases an array of weapons, stuffed leopards, clocks and a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria.
Constructed of marble and pink sandstone this immense palace is also known as the Chhittar Palace because it uses local Chittar sandstone. Construction begun in 1929, and took 15 years to complete. Umaid Singh died in 19478, four years after the palace was completed; the current Maharaja Gaj Singh II, continues to live in part of the building. The rest has been converted into a hotel.