Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur named Best Hotel in the World

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Taj Hotels) has been named as the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor, in their annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.  It is the first time that an Indian hotel has been named best in the world.

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace, the last of India’s great palaces, was also one of the largest royal residences in the world when it opened its gilded doors in 1943. Designed by the well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, Umaid Bhawan Palace is perhaps one of the largest and best-preserved showcases of the Art Deco style, built entirely in golden yellow sandstone.

This splendid palace has a private museum, its own post office and an elegant wood-paneled library. The palace also offers recreational facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a billiards room, four tennis courts, two unique marble-floored squash courts and fifteen acres of gardens. Guests can stroll through the private museum, dine in the candlelit palace grounds or put their skills to the test on the marbled squash courts.

An imitable tribute to art deco, the Palace has in its luxurious fold 64 rooms and suites. Stroll through the private museum, test your skills on the marbled squash courts or enjoy a game of billiards in the panelled recreation room. Take an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city of Jodhpur in a vintage car, accompanied by your royal butler. Stop beneath the starry night sky for a divine grilled feast accompanied by the music of the desert. Experience the art of India’s ancient healing wisdom in the romantic new setting of the Taj Spa.