26 Nov 2016


26 Nov 2016

Live like a Royal

On my last trip to India I returned to one of my favourite hotels and one of the world’s greatest, to live once again in the grandeur of a maharaja’s palace. I stayed at the splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

This grand art deco building is the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh. Since 2006 however the Taj Group of Hotels has leased a wing with 64 rooms and suites to give a taste of indulgent exoticism to its clients. Fit for a king and his guests, Umaid Bhawan does not disappoint. Every room, nook and cranny reveals fascinating anecdotes from its rich and privileged history.

Prince Charles, played in its billiard room, Mick Jagger was the celebrity attraction at a recent Indian wedding in the Palace’s vast gardens and Angelina Jolie has taken a plunge in the magnificent pool while Brad Pitt enjoyed the trophy tiger‘s heads and the plush surroundings of the reading room.

Everything here reminds me of the opulence and power of a bygone era found in Rudyard Kipling’s amazing accounts of life at the time of the Raj. You and I can have a taste of it, just by spending a couple of days here while visiting one of the most memorable cities in India.


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