Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur may be called as one of the largest private residences in the world! The palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and is named after him. Currently, Maharaja Umaid Singh’s grandson Maharaja Gaj Singh’s family lives in this residence.
Umaid Bhawan was originally built to provide employment to several thousands of people who were struck with famine. While the foundation stone of the palace was laid in 1929, the construction began in 1943, and took over 16 years to complete and gain the current form. This luxurious residence has 347 rooms! Due to the recent build of the palace, it may be the only magnificent palace which was built in 20th century! The whole palace is now divided into three sections. The first one is the residence of current Maharaja. The second section is now a heritage hotel. And the third section now houses a museum. The museum has a collection of yesteryear’s specimens including glasses, trophies, kitchenware, gramophones, paintings etc.
Specimen of Umaid Bhawan
Specimen of Leopard 🙂
Royal tables and chairs 🙂
The royal family also had an interest towards cars, and a collection of their cars is shown in the vintage car museum that is located right across Umaid Bhawan Museum.
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