Since olden days, the
Maharaos of Kotah (as Kota was formerly called) had always
lived in the medieval Fort inside the city.
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.
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.
Jaipur: 242 Km. Nearest Railhead: Kota: 6 Km.
ACCOMMODATION : 25
air-conditioned rooms including suites with attached bath, hot
and cold running water, colour TV in each room, direct dial
telephone and 24 hours room service.
direct dialling facilities
Running hot and cold
and Chinese cuisine
Credit cards and
badminton court, croquet, carom and chess
Doctor on call