10 of India’s Most Picturesque Resorts

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Nestled on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, this property used to be one of India’s greatest palaces. Built in 1928, Umaid Bhawan was once home to Indian royalty Maharani Badan Kanwar. Not only is this palace-turned-resort a captivating sight, but it also stands as one of Rajasthan’s most valuable heritage structures with its marble-clad palm court, family museum, and its legendary lush lawns.

The Umaid Bhawan Palace

The Umaid Bhawan Palace was built in 1928.

Located just 20 minutes from the airport, Umaid Bhawan offers guests striking views of the historical Blue City, its haunting sand dunes, and a glimpse of the Mehrangarh Fort. Measuring more than 105,000 square meters, guests will be delighted to find that the resort’s filled with peacocks strolling around—making the experience even more magical.

A look into one of their outdoor pavilions in the restaurant.

A look into one of their outdoor pavilions in the restaurant.

Part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Group, the resort is made up of 64 lavish rooms and suites. Guests craving for authentic Rajasthani and Indian cuisine can head over to their restaurant Risala, while those who want a more international menu can head over to Pillars.

A romantic setting in the historical resort.

A romantic setting in the historical resort.

Meanwhile Trophy Bar is the perfect place for a nightcap, with its selection of Cuban cigars, light bites, and cocktails. Tip: be sure to check out the bar’s trophies and artifacts that were collected by great Maharajas.

Inside one of the luxurious rooms of the Umaid Bhawan.

Inside one of the luxurious rooms of the Umaid Bhawan.

Average rate per night: starting from US$380.

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