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Umaid Bhawan Palace JodhpurPerched high above the desert capital
of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and
one of the largest residences in the world – set amidst
26 acres of lush gardens. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the
present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived
on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time.
After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943
– and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.
Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend
of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105-foot high cupola
is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput
tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow
the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish
artist Stefan Norblin.
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