Maharani Badankanwar Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur won the number one spot globally in the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, 2016. I was invited by Tripadvisor India to be a part of the award ceremony. On the second night of my two night sojourn, I stayed in the Maharani Badankanwar Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. I will actually reminisce that night even when I grow old! Umaid Bhawan Palace is managed by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

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A Toast to the Palace for Winning the Best Hotel in Tripadvisor Travelers Choice Awards Globally!

While we were raising the toast to the hotel on its stunning win, the General Manager of the hotel, Vincent Ramos, asked if one us would like to stay in the Maharani Suite? He casually mentioned that the room rent for the suite is 8 lakh rupees (about 11800 dollars) per night. Some of the previous occupants of this suite were Price Charles, The Dalai Lama, Naomi Campbell, Shakira and the like. I didn’t react at the dinner. We all had a lot of champagne!

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But when I met Vincent at the breakfast again, I asked him if I could actually stay in the Maharani Suite for one night? He readily agreed, so it was not the champagne talking the previous night after all! I was going to the city after the breakfast. Vincent told me to pack my bags and when I would come back, I would have the Maharani Suite all to myself.

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And that is Just a Small Bit of the Living Room!

If square foot makes sense to you, the size of the suite is 4850 square foot! All I can say is that if I left my cell phone in the dining area which was at the one end, I would not hear it at the other end in the bath! The Maharani Suite at the Umaid Bhawan Palace is that big! When the royal family of Jodhpur used to live in the palace, this was actually the Maharani’s room! And if you are curious as to how I got in the picture when I was staying alone, I used the tripod with the camera timer to get myself in the frame!

The Living Room, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace

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The Living Room, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

This is the best I could capture the living room of the Maharani Suite. At the back of the photo you can see a bit of the dining area. There was a complimentary bottle of wine in the dining area waiting for me. I actually sat alone in this huge area and had a glass! I loved the color of the room. And in spite of using a 11-16 wide angle I could not get the TV in the same frame.

The Private Dining Area, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace

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The Private Dining Area, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The table was laid for ten people with candles, silverware and glass crystals. I admit I went into the dining area only to click the photo and to get my glasses of wine. There is a pantry behind the dining room and I did not even photograph it. It is meant for the use of the butler!

The Private Spa, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Couple Spa within the Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Then there was a private couple spa within the suite if you wish to indulge in! I would stop in this room often as it was between the bedroom and the bathroom. The Jiva Spa is amazing but then I went down to the spa and did not take my massage in this room. I now feel I should have requested for the spa session here!

The Bathroom, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Original Italian Marble Bathtub, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace

The main bathtub is the original from the time of the maharani! It is Β single piece bathtub made of Italian marble. I actually used both the tub and the Jacuzzi! I know I promised myself to use bathtubs only once in my entire stay anywhere in the world and not twice within the same night but then this was a huge exception!

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The Jacuzzi in the Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace

After I was done using with the Jacuzzi I could have gone for a steam in the shower area. But by then I was too tired to do anything but to just take a shower!

The Bedroom, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Maharani Suite Bedroom, Umaid Bhawan Palace

I divided the second glass of wine between the bedroom and the bath. I started it after the dinner. I was quite scared that I would not be able to fall asleep in this room but the wine and the hot bath worked like a charm! And try as I might I could not include the giant TV in the frame in the bedroom either.

The Wardrobe Area, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Area for Wardrobe, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

I used wardrobe area the least during my stay. My suitcase would fit on on small rack outside this room! I think the wardrobe area is bigger than my bedroom at home!

The Veranda, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Balcony, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

This would probably give you some idea about the size of the suite but this is still an underestimation as the bathroom was behind the veranda! At the far end was a swing which is not even visible in the picture! I loved to sit on the easy chair and bask in the sun. The view of the palace grounds and the Mehrangarh Fort from the balcony is stunning!

Small Things, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Roses in the Private Spa, Maharani Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

I loved the way small things added up to the charm of the suite! This was a bowl of roses in the spa area. The fragrances of various flowers, candles and incenses added to the palatial romance.

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Sweet Things!

At every center table in the living room and the bedroom there was something to eat along with flowers and books! And I am not even including the candles in a picture in this post!

The Main Lobby, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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The Main Lobby, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

There were mirrors everywhere in the Maharani Suite. As I would walk around the enormous space, I would catch a glimpse of myself somewhere even if I was not paying any attention. After coming out of my room I would stand near the railing to catch the grand view of the lobby beneath! It never failed to make me stop in my tracks!

A Big Thank You to Vincent Ramos

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Vincent Ramos, The General Manager of Umaid Bhawan Palace

Finally, a big thank you to Vincent Ramos the general manager of the Umaid Bhawan Palace. I am not sure how easy it was for him to trust the grandest and the most expensive room of his hotel with this commoner! I will remember my stay at the Maharani Suite at the Umaid Bhawan Palace for the rest of my life!

PS. My stay at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur was sponsored by the Taj Group of Hotels Resorts and Palace and Tripadvisor India.

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111 thoughts on “Maharani Badankanwar Suite, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur”

  1. Not surprised that you were tired at the end of it. ‘Travelling’ 5,000 square feet is probably the best form of fitness, unless of course, you have at least 5 servants at your beckon-call.

    Lovely to read that you had a wonderful time Maharani Sahiba πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Vishal. The palace services were at beck and call but I wanted my solitude and my photo session too. πŸ˜€

  2. Excellent stay with unique experience, stayed like king, amezing experience in World’s best palace. World class services and amenities. Staff are very humble, welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend my colleagues and friends must stay this heaven of earth to feel royalty and amezing life time experience.

    1. Awsome Palace, splendid experience had! Really really a true regal live royal experience …. if you want to experience donot miss the opportunity to feel in this generation. Thanks a ton to Taj! Great Team….

  3. it’s a crown of the desert Kingdom of marwar state of India, amazing architecture and so grand is the bulding
    Royal welcome with trumpets, Drums, Royal canopy, Garlands, champagne welcome drink, welcome folk dance when you enter in the main lobby. specious rooms. Welcoming and attentive staff. make you feel like royalties. mouth watering food. Beautiful ambiance.
    Personalized Butler service which is fit for a Maharaja (a King or a Queen) excellent amenities. in room bath set up’s. It’s like a dream true. and the end staff surprise you farewell gifts for both men and women

  4. wah wah Maharaniji… πŸ™‚ I love the card :-p
    Looks nice, beautiful actually… though I didn’t get the rustic palatial feel…
    I’ve just seen the palace from the outside as I was on an office convention and didn’t get time..

    May be some other time πŸ™‚

    What’s next on the cards now?

  5. First time I bought my parents to this Grand Palace, they were masmerized with the flawless and Royal service, they have a hangover of the stay till now and discuss about the palace often.
    No doubt that it will be the no. 1 in the world. GM Mr. Vincent Ramos and the entire team are doing tremendous work to be in the peak of the world.
    Keep it up! Top Notch.

    1. I too will think about it and talk about it for a long time to come Jermin. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  6. The staff, right from the top management to the rank and file were at the best. The services, food and beverage, my room were impeccable. Strongly recommend this place.

  7. Grandeur at its peak and service at its best with extremely tasty foods of all kinds. The Rajasthani winter makes it all very pleasant with breathtaking views.

  8. Great hospitality, great place. The view was wonderful, the rooms spacious and the hotel stuff really helpful and kind.

  9. The Maharaja does not only share his palace with the guest but his royalty aswell. I felt like a queen during my whole stay.

  10. I remember the beautiful view from the Pillars restaurant and my room’s balcony. So mesmerizing and calming, I couldn’t believe it was all real.

  11. From the ruffles, flourishes and horns at our entering to the catering to every possible wish, this is the place. Must visit place.

  12. Hospitality is awesome. You don’t feel that you’re out of your home. Loved the Rajasthani welcome and the food is awesome.

  13. The architecture within the palace is absolutely breathtaking and the awesome view of the city. The palace gardens absolutely beautiful.

  14. The palace was gorgeous, the weather heavenly, the staff was completely professional, yet totally personalised service we got, befitting royalty!

  15. The staff go out of their way to please you and ensure your comfort. You are made to feel like a personal guest of the Maharaja. Staff are knowledgable about the history and surrounding areas of Jodhpur .

  16. The palace is as beautiful from inside as it looks from outside.The food here is incredible. The pool side service needs to be replicated everywhere.. hampers, cold towels, excellent staff.

  17. Very good rooms, amazing views, brilliant indoor pool, amazing food, prompt service and if any hotel needs to learn hospitality, they should learn it from Taj.

  18. One of the most beautiful and scenic properties i have stayed in. The ambiance is luxurious and rooms are artistically made and makes you feel like royalty.

  19. The staff was insanely attentive, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Would recommend to any one- worth the price.

  20. So many extra amenities. Spa was wonderful and food great as well. Views from balcony. Grounds manicured and lovely pool and gym.

  21. Fabulous place , One must visit .
    Staff full of warmth, always smiling and they don’t forget your preference
    Would visit again and again

  22. We were there a few years ago for a birthday celebration and then for a wedding. Your post encapsulates up Umaid Bhawan so beautifully. I fell for the invite. I’m sure it’ll be one of your most treasured possessions.

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I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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