Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are all set to get married this December on 2nd and 3rd in an Indian and a Christian wedding set up. Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur has been booked for the wedding.
For those unaware, Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore dynasty. It is an architectural splendor, marvelous heritage hotel of Jodhpur with a truly royal experience.
So, here we bring to you some interesting facts about Priyanka-Nick's wedding venue Taj Umaid Bhawan. Check it out:
1. Last Royal Palace built in the Pre-Independence era:
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last royal palace built before the independence of India. Its foundation was laid in 1929 and was completed in 1943. Four years after the palace was built, the country became a free sovereignty. Maharaja Gaj Singh, the descendant of Maharaja Umaid Singh still resides here. Wouldn't you love to meet a Maharaja and his family?
2. One of the largest private residences in the world:
Maharaja Umaid Singh had the vision to create the largest private residence in the world. The palace is spread over 26 acres of lush grounds including 15 acres of well-maintained gardens. The royal residence has 347 rooms, an exquisite throne chamber, an exclusive private meeting hall, a Durbar hall to meet the public, etc. The gardens of the beautiful property have peacocks freely roaming around.
3. Part palace, part hotel, and part museum:
The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is a part palace, part hotel, and part museum.
Royal Residence: The Chittar Sandstone monument has two major wings. One wing is entirely the home of the Rathore Dynasty of Jodhpur. Maharaja Gaj Singh, grandson of Maharaja Umaid Singh till date resides here with family.
Taj Hotel: The Taj Hotel Group owns and maintains the other wing of the palace. They have under their dominion, 64 accommodations compromising of 25 rooms and 39 suites.
Museum: The grand property houses a museum. Open for all, here are some marvelous specimens. The museum has exhibits of glass, porcelain wares, memorabilia, and information on the building of the palace.
4. Built for a noble cause:
The building of Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace has an interesting tale behind it. Once in the 1920s, famine struck Jodhpur then known as Marwar. The troubled people came for help to Maharaja Umaid Singh. His Royal Highness (the grandfather of the present Maharaja) generously commissioned a new palace to give employment to the people.
The expensive venture employing the needy was not only a beautiful private residence but a symbol of hope and the new icon of Jodhpur replacing the Mehrangarh Fort. The venture was constructed from 1928 and 1943 giving the hard working people enough to survive the bad times.
5. The Grand hotel experience:
Umaid Bhawan Palace became a part of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in 2005 January. Taj having its legacy of hospitality was the perfect choice to uphold the royal tradition of the luxurious Umaid Bhawan Palace and extend its indulgent hotel experience.
Umaid Bhawan is a dream destination for all of us, isn't it?
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(With Inputs from Wikipedia, Heritage Hotels of India)