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Umaid Bhawan

Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur, India

Built in the early years of the twentieth century and designed, surprisingly, by the British Institute of Architects, this fantastic palace set in enormous grounds is a landmark for miles around. It was originally conceived as a job creation project for the impoverished Rajasthani subjects of the maharajah. The ex-Maharajah is in residence.

Our rating: Opulent

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    • Evening cookery demonstration in Jodhpur
      Dried chillies at a market stall

      Evening cookery demonstration in Jodhpur

      Evening cookery demonstration in Jodhpur

      Experience a typical Rajasthani meal with a local family in their home. You will be able to get involved and will be given the recipe to take away with you.

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