Your home away from home.
Run by a family of Rathores from the erstwhile state of Jodhpur,
Umaid Bhawan is one of the finest places to stay in Jaipur.
Built in the traditional Rajput style, there are beautifully carved
balconies, attractive courtyards, open terraces, a lovely garden and
comfortable rooms with antique furnishings.
Enjoy the exotic attractions of a traditional Rajasthani ambience
while enjoying the luxury of modern amenities.
Owned by Wing Commander (Dr.) Bhim Singh Rathore, a retired Air Force
Officer, Umaid Bhawan is an old heritage property converted into a
family run hotel situated in a posh residential colony in the heart of
Jaipur city. Just 1.2 kilometers. from the Railway Station, and Bus
Stand, Umaid Bhawan is ideally located for both the tourist as well as
the business traveler and it offers a quite retreat from the hustle and
bustle of the lively town of Jaipur.
Ranked as one of the best run budget hotels in Jaipur by the Lonely
Planet international travel guide book, Umaid Bhawan offers guests a
pleasant and comfortable home away from home with traditional Rajput
Hotel Umaid Bhawan offers you a wide variety of accommodation ranging
from Standard rooms to Suites that will suite every budget.
Our rooms at Umaid Bhawan been designed and furnished to showcase the
skill and expertise of Rajasthani artisans.
However, our main goal is to create an atmosphere that allows the
guest to feel, "Truly At Home - Away from Home".
- Study desks
- Room service
- Direct dial telephone
- Direct cable television
- Running hot and cold water
- Attached European style bathrooms
- Most rooms have private balconies, request a room with a balcony
while making a reservation
Services and Features:
Umaid Bhawan offers a wide range of personalized services and
facilities to help make your stay in Jaipur a memorable one.
The Swimming Pool:
Enjoy a rejuvenating swim in the azure depths of our swimming pool.
Or you could just choose to sit by the pool and read a book. See more
pictures of our pool in the picture gallery.
Business Center / Internet Café:
Stay in touch with the world even as you lose yourself in the
fantasy that is Rajasthan. You always have the option of connecting
with friends and family, wherever they may be.
Our modern business center has everything you need. While you may
choose to stay in your room to make long distance calls, we also have
an Internet Cafe where you can surf the net, chat with friends, and
exchange email while enjoying a quite cup of coffee.
Dining at the Umaid Bhawan:
Umaid Bhawan has a delectable range of Indian cuisine on offer.
Enjoy the food prepared for you by our traditional cooks and
supervised by the lady of the house while absorbing the traditional
ambience of our cosy and private dining room. You could also choose to
sit outside and eat while enjoying a puppet show.
Complete List of Services:
- Car rental
- Air ticketing
- Doctor on call
- Bus reservation
- Railway reservation
- Desert and village safari
- Same day laundry service
- Airline ticket reconfirmation
- Business center / Internet café
- Hotel reservations around India
- Folk dance and puppet show on demand
- Car and minibus rental, local site-seeing and guide arrangement
- Complementary pickups from railway, bus and airport on demand
- Tailor made tours and safaris in and around Jaipur and in
Jaipur - The Pink City:
Umaid Bhawan is located in a quiet residential colony in Jaipur, the
capital of India's desert state; Rajasthan.
Only a kilometer from the central bus stand (Sindhi Camp) and the
railway station, we are 13 kilometers away from the airport.
We offer a free pickup on arrival to Jaipur from the bus stand, the
railway station, the city centre and the airport. Use our contact form
to request a pickup.
Jaipur is well connected. Being right next to the national capital,
New Delhi, it is easy to get to.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and flair at its
most irresistible, the Pink City of Jaipur has long been established on
tourist itineraries as the third corner of India's "Golden
Triangle", just 300 kilometers southwest of Delhi and 200 kilometers
west of Agra. As with most of India, Jaipur too, offers a unique
combination of the ancient and the modern. While you can relax in the
evenings in modern pubs, you can discover the massive ancient forts
during the day.
Places To See:
Though the "Pink City" label applies specifically to the
old walled quarter of the Rajasthani capital, in the northeast of town,
glorious palaces and temples, in an assortment of styles that span the
centuries, are scattered throughout the whole urban area. The walled
city is suffused with a gentle pink light, flashed through by bright
turbans and saris, while in the pink shops and houses that line its
orderly streets, craftsmen create objects of delicate beauty with
time-honored traditional skills, in full view of the hectic swirl of
shoppers and tourists outside.
Lying on the bed of a long-dry lake, Jaipur laps against hills in the
north, east and west, and rolls across the open plains to the south
towards Bundi. Getting and keeping your bearings is simple; even if you
can't see the Pink City, the hills behind it in the northeast, topped by
the high walls of the Nahagarh Fort, are always conspicuous.
The Pink City houses the principal tourist attractions - the Palace
of Winds or Hawa Mahal, and Jai Singh's City Palace and Observatory -
while the Ram Niwas Garden, Zoo, Albert Hall (Central Museum) and Modern
Art Gallery are a short way south of the walls, within easy walking
distance of its gates. Broad and widely spaced roads in the newer areas
outside the walls accommodate the industries and businesses that
underlie the economy of the modern city, as well as most of Jaipur's
hotels. Mirza Imail Road is the main route from west to east (south of
the old city), on which you'll find the GPO, hotels and restaurants and
some of the larger boutiques and jewellery shops. Station Road runs from
the railway station in the west, past the bus stand and on to Chand
Pole, the westernmost gate of the old city.
Most travelers spend a good few days visiting the sublime palaces,
exploring the ruins and wandering through the bazaars, renowned for
carpets, clothes and the best selection of precious stones and metals in
If you're anywhere near Jaipur in March, don't miss the Elephant
Festival, one of India's most flamboyant parades, celebrated with full
Rajput pomp. Makar Sankranti (14 January), predominantly celebrated in
the east of India, here takes the form of a kite festival, filling the
air with gaudy paper kites for days leading up to it.
Rajasthan, India's desert state, was once a collection of princely
kingdoms where feudal traditions still carry on amidst forts and palace
hotels. Rajasthan is where all the country’s similes and metaphors
appear to have come together to create a visual extravaganza.
Majestic palaces and rugged forts, spectacular deserts, wooded hills
and tranquil lakes, bustling towns and quiet villages, amazing flora and
fauna and of course, the colorful and vibrant people of Rajasthan form
an intricate tapestry of mysticism, grandeur and rusticity. Behind the
breathtaking beautiful facade, expect to find contradictions to the
ordinary and mundane aspects of vacationing. Wherever you travel,
particularly when you escape from the popular tourist destinations, you
will come across the unexpected, whether it is a local fair or a
bustling bazaar or mind-blowing architectural wonders. The mood and the
rhythm of the countryside changes from one region to another, and from
season to season. It is a land of magical fantasies that remain a
Rajasthan is situated in the north-western part of India. It covers
342,239 square kilometres (132,139 square miles). Rajasthan lies between
latitudes 23 degree 3' and 30 degree 12' north and longitudes 69 degree
30' and 78 degree 17' east. Compared to many countries that are located
in a similar latitudinal belt, such as in northern Arabia, Rajasthan has
a less harsh climate. The State's scorching and dry summers and its
parched landscape is undergoing significant changes because of the
developmental effort that have led to the spread of the Indira Gandhi
The southern part of Rajasthan is about 225 km from the Gulf of Kutch
and about 400 km from the Arabian Sea. Rajasthan is bounded by Pakistan
in the west and north-west; by the State of Punjab in the north; by
Haryana in the north-east; by Uttar Pradesh in the east, by Madhya
Pradesh in the south-east and Gujarat in the south-west.
The Aravali mountain ranges that run from Delhi to Gujarat cut
through the State almost vertically. The Aravali ranges divide the State
through south-east and north-west. The north-west region covering
two-thirds of the state consist mostly of a series of sand dunes.
Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and part of the Jhunjhunu districts form
part of this region. The eastern region has large fertile tracts.
The climate of Rajasthan varies from semi arid to arid. The mercury
touches 49 degrees centigrade at some places during summer and drops
below freezing point during winter.
Though the average annual rainfall ranges between 200-400 mm, it is
as low as 150 mm in extreme arid zones and as high as 1000 mm in the
south eastern part of the State. Most of the rainfall (60-80%) is
received with the South west monsoon in the period from July to
September. The average number of rainy days vary from 6 to 42 depending
on the aridity of the area.
Cuisines of Rajasthan:
Each region in India has its own traditional dishes and specialties.
In the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, as well as most other states, food
was very serious business and raised to the level of an art-form.
Hundreds of cooks worked in the stately palaces and kept their recipes a
closely guarded secret. Some recipes were passed on to their sons and
the rest were lost for ever. It became a matter of great prestige to
serve unusual dishes to guests and the royal cooks were encouraged to
experiment. The tales of how cooks tried to impress their guests by
presenting at least one unforgettable item on the menu have now become
legends. The monthly budget ran into lakhs of rupees and the royal
guests were treated to such delicacies as stuffed camels, goats, pigs
and peacocks... it was perfectly normal to have live pigeons and other
birds fly out of elaborately decorated dishes. The food was served in
gold and silver utensils and the number of dishes at one meal ran into
hundreds. It was usually never possible to taste all the delicacies
The finest cooking in India was derived from the Mughals and did
influence the royal kitchens of India, as did European cooking. But the
common man’s kitchen remained untouched, more so in Rajasthan. Cooking
here has its own unique flavour and the simplest, the most basic of
ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes.
Rajasthani cooking was influenced by the war-like lifestyle of its
inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this region. Food
that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was
preferred, more out of necessity than choice. Scarcity of water, fresh
green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking. In the desert
belt of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner, cooks use the minimum of water
and prefer, instead, to use more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter.
Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sarigri, ker, etc are
liberally used. Gram flour is a major ingredient here and is used to
make some of the delicacies like khata, gatta ki sabzi, pakodi, powdered
lentils are used for mangodi, papad. Bajia and corn is used at! over the
state for preparations of rabdi, kheechdi, and rotis. Various chutneys
are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint
Perhaps the best known Rajasthani food is the combination of dal,
bati and churma but for the adventurous traveler, willing to experiment,
there is a lot of variety available. Besides spicy flavours, each region
is distinguished by its popular sweet Ladoos from Jodhpur and Jaisalmer,
Malpuas from Pushkar, Jalebies from most big cities, Rasogullas from
Bikaner, Dil Jani from Udaipur, Mishri Mawa and Ghevar from Jaipur,
Sohan Haiwa from Ajmer, Mawa from Alwar...
Festivals In Rajasthan:
The camel festival is organised by the Department of Tourism of the
Rajasthan Government in January every year in Bikaner. The festival
begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red
sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh fort. The camels display amazing
footwork, dancing gracefully to the directions of their trainers.
bridal bridles, bejeweled necks, jingling anklets and camel shadows,
cast a spell on the audience. In the evenings, is held a traditional
rendezvous of renowned artistes and folk performers of Rajasthan.
The fair is held every year in January-February in Nagaur, is a
trading fair for cattle and camels and gives one an opportunity to
catch up with rural life as owners from all over the state camp on the
outskirts of the town while they buy and sell animals. the hides of
the animals, cut into wonderful patterns, are particularly attractive.
This 18-day festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring
and coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur. It is
significant for the women of the state as it is time for them to dress
in their best. The women gather to dress the images of Issar and
Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through
different parts of the city. The procession ends up at Pichhola Lake
where the images are transferred to special boats amidst singing and
festivity. Cu1tura events are held at the end of the festivities and
they include songs, dances and a display of fireworks.
Kaila Devi Fair:
The fair is held in March or April in Kaila village in Karauli
district and it holds an important place among the celebrated fairs of
the state. The fortnight-long fair is held on the banks of the river
Kalisil in the hills of Trikut about 2 kilometres from Kaila village.
It houses the images of Mahalakshrni and Chamunda. Kaila Devi has been
regarded as the guardian deity throughout the ages by the Khinchis,
the Yadavas and the princes of Karauli. A small temple dedicated to
Bhairon is situated in the courtyard and facing the shrine of the devi
is the temple of Hanuman. Throughout the year, there is a steady flow
Mahavir Ji Fair:
This fair is held at Mahavir Ji between March and April to
commemorate Shri Mahavir Swami, the 24th tirthankara (saint) of the
Jams. The temple is located in an enclosure known as ‘katala’
where devotees come to pay homage.
The three-day festival is held at Mount Abu in June every year and
is a feast of folk and classical music and window to the tribal life
and culture of Rajasthan. The festival begins with the singing of a
ballad which is followed by Gaiç Ghoomar and Dhap folk dances. Boat
races and qawwalis are also organised.
Held during the monsoons, July Teej is also dedicated to Lord Shiva
and Parvati and this time it is married women who pray for a happy and
long married life. Though celebrations are held all over the state, it
is particularly colourful in jaipur where a procession winds Its way
for two days through the Old City. It is the festival of swings which
are decorated with flowers and hung from trees. Young girls and women
dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of
the monsoon. The Teej idol is covered with a canopy whereas the
Gangaur idol is open.
The fair is held at Gogamedi in Ganganagar district in August in
memory of a popular hero of the area known as Goga among the Hindus
and Jahar Peer among the Muslims. The Kayam Khani Muslims claim to be
descendants of his. Gogaji is popular as a snake god and almost every
village in Rajasthan has a sacred place dedicated to him. Staunch
followers of Gogaji believe that by invoking his name, a snake bite
and other diseases can be cured. It is said that Gogaji went into
samadhi at GogaMedi and thousands of devotees gather there to pay
homage at his memorial every day during the Fair which lasts three
days. The samadhi is a marble structure with two minarets fortified by
a boundary wall. The idol of Gogaji is seated on a blue horse with a
snake coiled around the neck.
Though Kaliteej is celebrated all over the state, the one in Bundi
is different in the sense that it is held on different dates from the
rest of the state. The festival starts with the procession of goddess
Teej in a decorated palanquin from the imposing Naval Sagar and passes
through the main bazaars. The procession comprises decorated
elephants, camels, bands, performing artists and colourfully dressed
people. Though the main function is held for only two days, the
celebrations continue into Janamashtami, which marks the birth of Lord
The Ramdevra Fair is held in Ramdevra village in Jaisalmer in
August or September The village has got its name after Baba Ramdev, a
Tanwar Rajput, who took samadhi in 1458 He had miraculous powers and
legend goes that five peers from Mecca came to test his powers. After
being convinced, they paid homage to him. The Hindus regard him as an
incarnation of Lord Krishna. A large fair is held here which is
atteflded by lakhs of devotees who come in large groups from various
places. Bhajans and kirtans right through the night are organised.
Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual two-day event attempts to
showcase the art and culture of the Jodhpur region. It is devoted
mainly to singing and dancing. Originally known as the Maand festival,
the folk dancers provide a glimpse of the days of yore, of battles and
valiant heroes who still live on in their songs. Other attractions are
camel tattoo show and polo. The venues are the impressive Umaid Bhavan
Palace, Mandore and the Mehrangarh fort.
Dusshera is celebrated all over the country in different ways as
also in Rajasthan. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil the
victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. The tale of Rama and Sita and the
battle fought between Lord Rama and Ravana are enacted on stage and it
is called Ramlila. On the tenth day of the festival, huge effigies of
the ten-headed Ravana and his brother Kumbakaran, stuffed with
thousands of fire crackers, are set afire and the people then begin to
Easily the most identifiable of all the fairs of the state, the
Pushkar fair is held in November in Pushkar in Ajmer, where an eighth
century temple of Brabma, draws the faithful. The place has about 400
shrines and temples around the lake. Legend has it that Lord Brahma,
in search of a place to hold his yagna (religious ritual), dropped the
lotus from his hand and the three spots touched by the flower were
turned into lakes. These are today known as the Jyeshtha Pushkar,
Madhyam Pushkar and Kanishtha Pushkar. Pilgrims bathe at the ghats and
pray at the temple. Traders strike deals at the world’s largest
camel fair, although horses are also sold. People gather together to
camp in the desert and entertain each other with songs and dances and
cook meals over camp fires. The camel, horse and donkey races are also
popular and draw huge attendance. Rajasthan Tourism puts up a tourist
This three-day fair is held at Jhalrapatan near Jhalawar either in
November or December next to the banks of the Chandrabhaga river which
is considered holy by the people living in this part of the state. On
the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, thousands of pilgrims take a
dip in the rivet There is also a big cattle fair in which cows,
horses, buffaloes, camels and bullocks are brought for sale.
Bikaner is the venue for this fair which lasts 10 days and the
place is the sacred site where Kapil Muni is supposed to have
meditated. The place has a lake with 52 ghats shaded by banyan trees.
Devotees take a dip in the lake and pray in the temples. Aarti is
performed twice a day and bhog is offered. People float lighted lamps
in the sacred lake as part of the rituals. A cattle fair is also held
where buffaloes, camels, horses and cattle are sold. Certificates and
prizes are given away to the best breeders at the fair.
Cities In Rajasthan:
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a
clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the
city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the
colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's
bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye
scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a
convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped
its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar,
is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western
side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately
sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of
Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and
brilliance of the desert. Legend has it that Rawal Jaisal laid the
foundation of the city in 1156 AD. after consulting a local hermit by
the name of Eesul. Tricuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned
his old fort at Lodurva to establish this new capital.
A famous city of Rajasthan state, standing on the banks of lake
Pichola with white marble palaces. Udaipur is one of the most romantic
cities of India.
Founded in 1488, Bikaner is a desert built on an elevation and
surrounded by a long embattled wall pierced by five gates. A
magnificent fort built between 1588 & 1593 by Raja Raj Singh
dominates the city. Season: October to March.
Founded in 1100 AD by Aijpal Chauhan, Ajmer derives its name from
`Ajaya Meru' the invincible hill, at the foot of which the present
Famous for its exquisitively carved marble temples, Mount Abu (1219
meters) is a pretty hill resort in the State of Rajasthan.
Bharatpur, an impregnable fortified city is today famous for the
nearby Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary. Once the shooting preserve of
royalty, it is perhaps the most spectacular water-bird sanctuary in
Nestling at the foot of Aravalli Hills is Ranthambor National Park,
a famous tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Ranthambor blends history
of Rajput valour with scenic natural beauty and is an ideal gateway
for a quiet holiday.
Folk Music and Dances of Rajasthan:
The people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After hard work in the
harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain whenever they take time off they
let themselves go in gay abandon. There is dancing, singing, drama,
devotional music and puppet shows and other community festivities which
transform the hardworking Rajasthani into a fun-loving and carefree
individual. Each region has its own folk entertainment, the dance styles
differ as do the songs. Interestingly enough, even the musical
instruments are different.
Of considerable significance are the devotional songs and the
communities who render these songs. Professional performers like the
Bhaats, Dholis, Mirasis, Nats, Bhopas and Bhands are omnipresent across
the state. They are patronised by the villagers who participate actively
in the shows put up by these travelling entertainers. Some of the better
known forms of entertainment are:
This is basically a community dance for women and performed on.
auspicious occasions. Derived from the word ghoomna, piroutte, this is
a very simple dance where the ladies move gently, gracefully in
This is one of the many dance-forms of the Bhil tribals. Performed
during Holi festival, this is among a few performances where both men
and women dance together.
Another Holi dance but performed only by men. This becomes Dandia
Gair in Jodhpur and Geendad in Shekhawati.
This is popular in the Kisherigarh region and involves dancing with
a chari, or pot, on one’s head. A lighted lamp is then placed on the
This is a dance performed on dummy horses. Men in elaborate
costumes ride the equally well decorated dummy horses. Holding naked
swords, these dancers move rhythmically to the beating of drums and
fifes. A singer narrates the exploits of the Bavaria bandits of
The Jasnathis of Bikaner and Chum are renowned for their tantric
powers and this dance is in keeping with their lifestyle. A large
ground is prepared with live wood and charcoal where the Jasnathi men
and boys jump on to the fire to the accompaniment of drum beats. The
music gradually rises in tempo and reaches a crescendo, the dancers
seem to be in a trance like state. Drum Dance: This is a professional
dance-form from Jalore. Five men with huge drums round their necks,
some with huge cymbals accompany a dancer who holds a naked sword in
his mouth and performs vigorously by twirling three painted sticks.
The Kamad community of Pokhran and Deedwana perform this dance in
honour of theft deity, Baba Ramdeo. A rather unusual performance where
the men play a four-stringed instrument called a chau-tara and the
women sit with dozens of manjeeras, or cymbals, tied on all over their
bodies and strike them with the ones they hold in their hands.
Sometimes, the women also hold a sword between their teeth or place
pots with lighted lamps on their heads.
Puppet plays based on popular legends are performed by skilled
puppeteers. Displaying his skill in making the puppets’ act and
dance, the puppeteer is accompanied by a woman, usually his wife, who
plays the dholak, or drum and sings the ballad.
Pabuji Ki Phach:
A 14th century folk hero, Pabuji is revered by the Bhopa community.
The phad, or scroll, which is about 10 metres long, highlights the
life and heroic deed of Pabuji. The Bhopas are invited by villagers to
perform in their areas during times of sickness and misfortune. The
ballad is sung by the Bhopa as he plays the Ravan-hattha and he is
joined by his wife who holds a lamp and illuminates the relevant
portions at appropriate points.
Rajasthan’s most sophisticated style of folk music and has come a
long way from the time it was only sung in royal courts, in praise of
the Rajput rulers.
Professional singers still sing the haunting ballads of Moomal
Mahendra, Dhola-Maru and other legendary lovers and heroes.
List of singers and performers also includes the Mirasis and Jogis of
Mewat, Manganiyars and Langas, Kanjars, Banjaras and Dholies.
Performances like the Kuchamani Khayal, Maach, Tamasha, Rammat, Nautanki
and Raasleela are no less popular. The musical instruments of Rajasthan
are simple but quite unusual. Handcrafted by the musicians themselves
they are rather unique and include instruments like the Morchang, Naad,
Sarangi, Kamayacha, Rawanhattha, Algoza, Khartal, Poongi, Bankia and Da
There are dozens of other instruments which are exclusive to Rajasthan
It is a rather difficult task to list all the different types of
music, dance and entertainment that can be found in Rajasthan. The range