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Umed Bhawan Palace
Bhawan Palace exudes an aura distinctly its own.The Palace hotel subtly blends
Rajput and Victorian architecture.Lush lawns and courtyards,picturesque ceilings,marble
corridors,treasure troves, hunting trophies of yesteryears and exquisite royal
heirlooms complete the regal picture.
Since olden days, the Maharaos of Kotah (as Kota was formerly called) had always
lived in the medieval Fort inside the city. Wanting a modern palace for his
personal use, Maharaja Umed Singh II settled for nothing but the best.
He commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, a distinguished officer of the Royal Engineers
in the British Army, to design the building. As expected, Umed Bhawan came up
in 1905 in the prevalent Indo-Sarcenic style.
Plentiful supply of white Khimach and Pink Sandstone from nearby quarries helped,
while Italian marble, among other things, had to be imported for flooring There
was more to the impressive building apart from a peculiar clock tower Separate
zenana (ladies') wing, Durbar Hall (investiture room), Edwardian Drawing Room,
Library, Billiards Room, the Banquet Hall and even a cinema hall.
Every visiting dignitary, including Queen Mary, who visited Kotah State in 1905,
has been entertained at the Umed Bhawan. In 1930, the Palace was enlarged to
provide accommodation for Maharaj Kumar Bhim Singh and his bride.
George Devon, the designer, took great care to ensure that the new wing blended
well with the old. This part of Umed Bhawan remains a private residence while
the rest is operational as a WelcomHeritage hotel