Maharaja Umed Singh II, ruling king of Kota in the early 1900s, who resided in the medieval fort within the city of Kota, decided that he wanted a modern palace for his personal use.
He commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, an officer of the Royal Engineers in the British Army to undertake the conception and implementation of this project and in 1905, the WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace, built in the prevalent Indo-Saracenic style, was constructed. The Palace subtly blends Rajput and Victorian architecture. Every visiting dignitary, including Queen Mary, who visited Kota state in 1905, has been entertained at the WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace.
WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace exudes an aura of its own. Lush lawns and courtyards, picturesque ceilings, marble corridors, hunting trophies of yesteryear, along with exquisite royal heirlooms are the special features of the palace. The 32 room palace is replete with modern amenities and strikes a stark balance with contemporary living and Rajasthan’s culture. Jag Mandir which is in proximity of the palace is one of the most spectacular spots of Kota and is a must visit for travel connoisseurs.