We’re heading for a place I discovered and visited a couple of times in my Indian marketing phase about ten years ago. Having revisited the traditional Golden Triangle route and seen the explosion of development, tourism etc. – we opted to stay in the colourful Rajasthan area of Northern India but slightly off the well-trodden typical tourist path. A return to Jodhpur and the iconic and remarkable Umaid Bhawan Palace.
This hotel remains one of the most spectacular hotel experiences to date. Anxious to see nothing had deteriorated since my previous visit many years earlier, I arrived and had a huge smile. It was epic as ever.
A ‘living palace’ the size of Buckingham Palace but with only 70 rooms, it is the largest boutique hotel you’re likely to experience! Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels – the other half home to the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh.
The hotel came to media prominence when it was taken exclusively for celebrity weddings of Elizabeth Hurley and more recently pop star bro Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra.
This hotel provides ‘wow’ from the very first moment you pull through the gates and offers the grandest of arrival experiences.
As a keen amateur photographer, India is one of the most colourful and glorious destinations with every moment offering the visitor jaw-dropping scenes. The traffic, animals, sights, sounds, people – no words can capture it. Most travel reviews talk of ‘sensory overload’.From the mightly Mehrangha Fort to the crazy lanes of the fabled Blue City, while a large city it feels relatively small. Jodhpur might have limited cultural sights compared to Jaipur and other Indian cities, but ample to sufficiently create an Indian introduction with a real, authentic small city experience and time to savour and experience a unique hotel and some chill time.
With three days of palatial living, soft adventure and cultural experiences and the last night in New Delhi in the highly acclaimed Oberoi, this is a remarkable incentive experience of the highest order!