Umed Bhawan Palace was built by HH Maharao Sir Umed Singh II of Kotah in 1902. The Palace is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture – a style popularized in the late 19th century in India. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, a pioneer of the style was commissioned to build the modern palace. An entire new wing was later added in 1930, as a gift to MK Bhim Singh II.
The Palace was built as a residence for the personal use of the Maharao and his family, who until then lived at the City Palace (Garh) - which is now run as a non-profit Museum by the Rao Madho Singh Museum Trust. The Royal Family still maintains a portion of the Palace for their personal usage. Umed Bhawan Palace has also played host to royalty, dignitaries and VIPs from across the globe in the course of its 120+ year lifetime.
It was first converted into a Heritage Hotel in 1995 by Maharao Brijraj Singh of Kotah, and operated by ITC Hotels up to March 2023. The hotel is now run as a Heritage Hotel by the royal family themselves.
Today, the Palace serves as an exceptional reminder of the rich legacy of the Royal Family of Kotah – the proud line of Agnivanshi Hada Chauhans that ruled the Princely State of Kotah until the states merged with the Union of India in 1947.
In his lifetime, HH Maharao Sir Umed Singh II came to be known amongst many things – as an able administrator, a benevolent ruler, and one of the greatest rulers of the Kotah. During his long reign of 51 years Kotah was transformed from a medieval state into a modern one.
This period is recalled as the Golden Era in the history of Kotah, and it is for this that he is still to this date called “The Builder of Modern Kota”.
The Viceroy Lord Irwin on Maharao Umed Singh II in a speech in 1929 - “Your Highness’s affection for your State and your devotion to its interests and welfare are well known. Outside your State, the name of Maharao of Kotah is widely honoured. But on the banks of Chambal it stands for something even more. I do not think the reason is far to seek. They know that he is ever ready to listen to their troubles and to seek and find a remedy for them.”
Room & Suites
Large Exterior Lawn