Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Constructed of marble and pink sandstone this immense palace is also known as the Chhittar Palace because it uses local Chittar sandstone. Begun in 1929, it was designed by president of the British Royal Institute of Architects for Maharaja Umaid Singh and took 15 years to complete.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur 
It is a splendid example, of Indo-colonial and art deco style of the 30s. The construction of this palace is certainly unique and it took almost 5000 men to build this massive structure. The most fascinating thing about its construction is that there has been no use of cement or mortar. Instead, carved stones have been conjoined by a unique technique of interlocking positive and negative pieces. The sandstone that has been used to construct it is also very unique, as it does not weather with time.
Probably the most surprising thing about this grandiose palace is that it was built so close to Independence, after which Maharajas and their grand extravagances were a thing of the past.
Umaid Bhawan was one of the last royal constructions in Rajasthan. The building stands as a grand palace and features gardens, palace halls, balconies, terraces and more. The palace is built in the sandstone and highlights the typical Rajputana style.
The complex is divided into three main segments - the heritage hotel, private residence and the museum. The whole palace complex has as many as 347 rooms. The palace stands grounded in an area of about 26 acres. Out of these 15 acres are occupied by palace lawns.
On display, in the museum, are an array of weapons, stuffed leopards, clocks and a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria.

The attractions of the palace include the Throne Room (housing fascinating Ramayana murals), a wood-paneled library, a private museum; an indoor swimming pool, a Billiards room, tennis courts and marble squash courts.
Timings: 0900 to 1700 hrs
Entry fee: Rs 40/-