Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India is the world's largest private residence. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Gaj Singh's grandfather, named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, is named after the present owner. There are 347 rooms in the palace and before that Jodhpur is the main residence of the royal family.
One part of the palace is the museum. On 18 November 1929, the ground for the establishment of the building by Maharaja Umaid Singh was demolished and construction work was completed in 1943. Recently, Umaid Bhawan Palace was released as the world's best hotel at the Travelers' Choice Award, which was organized by a trip advisor.
The history of making Umaid Bhawan Palace is associated with a curse by the saint, who said that the period of famine will follow the good rule of the Rathore dynasty. Thus, after almost 50 years of Pratap Singh's reign, Jodhpur had to face severe famine and drought conditions in the 1920s for three consecutive years. The farmer's farmers facing drought conditions sought the help of the then King Umaid Singh, who was the Rathore ruler of Jawaharlal's 37th Marwar, to give them employment so that they could survive the drought situation. The king, decided to build a grand palace to help farmers. He commissioned Henry von Lanchester as an architect to prepare the palace's plan; Lancaster was a contemporary of Sir Edwin Lutyens who had planned the buildings of the New Delhi Government complex. Like the New Delhi building complex, the Lanchester patterned the Umaid Palace by adopting a theme of domes and Columns. The palace was designed as a mixture of Western technology and Indian architecture.