Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
The Sandstone Residence
From afar, the desert capital of Jodhpur looks pretty much like the romantic and quiet Greek Aegean Sea. All the city house walls were painted blue, like tens of thousands of blue blocks stacked together, peaceful and serene. It is said that blue is the color exclusively used by India‘s highest caste ”Brahman”, just like the color ”yellow” used by the ancient Chinese imperial family. People also said that color blue repels bugs and mosquitos. Such overwhelming blue is much adored. Amid the blue stands the Umaid Bhawan Palace, unique and proud.
Designed by the wellknown Edwardian architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester and completed in 1943 aer almost 50 years‘ construction, Maharaja Umaid Singh‘ s Umaid Bhawan Palace is a monumental structure. e sumptuous interiors were done in Art Deco that was then popular in Europe and America, and were superbly complemented by the exotic murals of the Polish artist Julius Stefan Norblin. After 60 years, with the public areas and the Regal and ViceRegal Suites essentially untouched, the palace is today perhaps one of the largest andbestpreserved buildings of the Art Deco style.