The sumptuous Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, managed by Taj Hotels & Resorts, has been voted the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Awards 2016. This is the first time an Indian hotel has acheived this accolade.
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.
You can upgrade to the Umaid Bhawan Palace on World Discovery’s ‘India of the Maharajas’ tour – 15 days from £1185 per person – or stay there as an extension to several of our other northern India itineraries.