UMMED BHAVAN IN ,JODHUPR , RAJASTHAN
Staying in the Best Hotel in the World
As a travel writer, I cannot allow excitement to cloud my opinion. But I could barely suppress the emotion at the prospect of checking into what is rated as the number one hotel in the world on TripAdvisor. Umaid Bhawan Palace, managed by Taj Hotels, is a famous icon of this area in Rajasthan and its grandeur is regularly ranked among the best hotels in the world.
I also started off with the assumption that it’s going to be a great stay – again, I should not presume something without experiencing it.
It did make me think though, that with expectations set so high, it must be challenging for the hotel to ensure it does not disappoint guests on any count.
The Rooms in the Best Hotel in the World
The hotel is run by the erstwhile royalty of Jodhpur. In fact, part of the building still serves as their residence. Ooo~ When you are being hosted by a ‘Maharaja’ and his family, nothing less than a suite would do. So it is in fact an all-suites hotel.
One of the available suites in Umaid Bhawan
Welcome to my Suite in Umaid Bhawan Palace
Split into two parts, my suite opened into a sitting area with comfortable sofas and a bar, with the bedroom beyond. The bedroom itself overlooked the Baradari lawns and the Mehrangarh Fort – I just stood and stared at the landscape till a knock on the door broke me out of my reverie.“The open spaces before me brought a sense of calm within me. Give me a hotel – and a home – like this anytime”
- There would have been a time when most people lived in houses overlooking open spaces before urbanization took its toll on our entitlements; the open spaces before me brought a sense of calm within me. Give me a hotel – and a home – like this anytime.
Dining at Umaid Bhawan
I had to practice saying a firm no to the chefs as they love to indulge their guests. I wanted to try as many dishes as possible!
Breakfast and lunch were at the Risala – with its indoor and balcony seating. The menu offered a selection of continental and Indian fusion – I personally liked the home style vegetable and lentils with chappatis for lunch. Breakfast was a generous spread with live counters to prepare your choice while you waited – I took it all in over multiple rounds of milkshakes served in old-style milk bottles.
Breakfast at RisalaMy starter before dinner
“A delight watching the sun set in the horizon over evening tea – followed by a dinner of rich Rajasthani delicacies”
I booked my dinner at the Pillars – set in the verandahs overlooking the Baradari lawns and the Mehrangarh Fort. It was a delight watching the sun set in the horizon over evening tea – followed by a dinner of rich Rajasthani delicacies.
Do have the Mimosa – crafted by the bartender, it is a cocktail of champagne and orange juice. The waiters strongly recommend it over breakfast – to set the mood for the day to follow.