The Umaid Bhawan Palace is a large and majestic palace located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. It is the residence to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and his family. This palace is considered to be one of the world’s largest private residences.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace was named after the Maharaja Umaid Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur during the time when India was undergoing transition into British colonial rule. Umaid Singh wanted to usher in this transition towards a better future by planning to build a new palace that would dominate the surrounding landscape. The pan was to build a palace majestic enough to become the new symbol for Jodhpur.
The Maharaja met with architect Henry Vaughn Lanchester in 1924 in order to plan a palace to be built on top of Chittar Hill in the southeastern area of Jodhpur. The construction of the palace took place on November of 1929. It took around 5000 people working for 15 years in order to complete the majestic palace which was completed in 1943. The palace was built without using any cement and mortar to bind the stones together. Instead, it made use of carved stones that are being interlocked with each other.
Umaid Bhawan Palace covers around 26 acres of land, with 3.5 acres covering the structure and the rest reserved for lush gardens and lawns. The design of the palace itself is a result of both western and eastern architectural influences. The building’s 105-foot cupola or central dome is inspired by Renaissance architecture. The towers however draw inspiration from ancient Rajput traditions of India. The interiors of the 347-room palace was inspired by the Art Deco style, which was quite fashionable during the time the palace was built.