Jodhpur's Crown Jewel: Umaid Bhawan Palace's Enduring Magic

Jodhpur's Crown Jewel: Umaid Bhawan Palace's Enduring Magic

By Author

Published on January 8, 2024

Picture a golden fortress rising from the desert sands, a majestic blend of Rajput grandeur and Art Deco elegance. This is Umaid Bhawan Palace, a Jodhpur jewel that has captivated royalty, celebrities, and travelers alike – including pop sensation Dua Lipa who recently graced its hallowed halls.

Dua Lipa's recent stay at Umaid Bhawan wasn't just a celebrity sighting, it was a testament to the palace's enduring allure. The singer had taken to her Instagram with a few pictures from her stay, including her waking up in a room with a stunning backdrop of hand drawn paintings of Radha Krishna with intricate designing details. 

Imagine waking up in a spacious suite fit for a queen, bathed in the warm glow of the desert sun. Picture exploring the palace grounds on horseback, the wind whipping through your hair as you marvel at the panoramic views. Or, savor a candlelit dinner in the majestic Durbar Hall, where crystal chandeliers and gilded mirrors reflect the dancing flames.


Beyond the imposing gates, a world of opulent luxury unfolds. Soaring arches adorned with intricate carvings, courtyards bathed in sunlight, and lush gardens whispering secrets of a bygone era – every corner of Umaid Bhawan tells a story. As you ascend the grand staircase, a chandelier shimmering like a constellation above, you can almost hear the echoes of Maharajas and Maharaniis who once called this opulent abode their home.

But Umaid Bhawan's magic extends beyond its celebrity appeal. It's a living museum, showcasing Jodhpur's rich heritage through its architecture, art, and artifacts. Wander through the Maharaja's Gallery, where portraits of regal ancestors gaze down from gilded frames. Explore the Marwar Gallery, a treasure trove of textiles, jewels, and weapons that whisper tales of Rajput valor. Or, lose yourself in the museum's archives, filled with handwritten manuscripts and photographs that bring history to life.

Beyond the grandeur, Umaid Bhawan offers a haven for the soul. Unwind in the Jiva Spa, where ancient Indian therapies soothe your body and mind. Take a dip in the infinity pool, overlooking the sprawling desert landscape as the sun dips below the horizon. Or, simply curl up with a good book in a secluded corner of the gardens, letting the serenity of the place wash over you.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is more than just a luxurious hotel; it's an experience. It's a chance to step back in time, to feel the weight of history on your shoulders, and to bask in the opulence of a bygone era. It's a place where Dua Lipa found a slice of Indian royalty, and where you too can discover your own inner Maharani or Maharaja.

Pack your bags, dust off your most regal hat, and book your stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace. Let the deserts whisper their secrets, let the palace unfold its stories, and let yourself be swept away by the magic of Jodhpur's crown jewel.

Private Members-Only Business Clubs Gain Traction Among India's Elites

Private Members-Only Business Clubs Gain Traction Among India's Elites

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 22, 2024

India's burgeoning economy and rising affluent population are fostering a unique trend: the proliferation of private members-only business clubs catering to the nation's elites. These clubs, situated in prime commercial areas, offer a sanctuary for corporate leaders, startup founders, and other influential figures to network in an exclusive setting.

Historically, India's metropolitan areas have had clubs like the Gym Khana and Golf Courses, but these often involve lengthy membership waitlists. This limitation has sparked the rise of alternative platforms offering similar prestige and exclusivity. Over the past four to five years, more than 25 private clubs have opened across the country, including both independent operations and those managed by major hospitality brands like IHCL's Chambers and ITC's Privie.

These clubs are designed as comprehensive ecosystems, equipped with high-end facilities including business lounges, gourmet dining, and leisure amenities like spas and art galleries. They cater to a clientele that values privacy and premium experiences, and membership is typically by invitation or referral, adding an element of exclusivity.


The market for these clubs is robust, with a current valuation of INR 576 crores and a projected growth to INR 941 crores by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 17.8%. This growth is driven by the increasing number of high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) in India, expected to more than double by 2027.

The Mumbai region, known for its affluent demographic and vibrant cultural scene, dominates the market, hosting some of the most prestigious clubs such as SOHO House and Quorum. This trend reflects a broader shift towards luxury and exclusivity in the Indian hospitality and real estate sectors, with private members-only clubs at the forefront of this evolution.

For those in the know, these clubs are more than just places to meet; they are venues where business and pleasure blend seamlessly against a backdrop of tailored luxury.

Pride Hotels Group Launches New Wellness Resort in Becharaji, Gujarat

Pride Hotels Group Launches New Wellness Resort in Becharaji, Gujarat

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 18, 2024

Pride Hotels Group is delighted to announce the addition of Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji to its esteemed portfolio. Located in the historic town of Becharaji, Gujarat, this resort is poised near significant cultural landmarks such as the Sakeshwar Jain Temple and the Modhera Sun Temple, making it a prime destination for guests seeking both relaxation and cultural experiences.

The resort marks Pride Hotels Group's inaugural foray into the wellness resort sector, reflecting their commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences. "We are excited to introduce the Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji, a facility that embodies our vision of integrating business with leisure and well-being," said Mr. Atul Upadhyay, Executive Vice President of Pride Hotels Group. He further noted that the resort is designed to cater to the diverse needs of its guests, from leisure travelers to corporate clients.

Boasting 92 elegantly furnished rooms, the resort offers a variety of amenities designed to enhance guest stays, including a swimming pool, a modern gymnasium, and extensive green lawns suitable for weddings and events. The property also features dedicated spaces for corporate meetings and holistic wellness treatments offered through the Rishivan Vivekananda Wellness Center, which provides programs focused on stress management, diabetes control, weight management, spine wellness, and more.


Mr. Koustuv Mukherjee, Associate Vice President for the Gujarat Region at Pride Hotels Group, highlighted the strategic significance of the location. "Gujarat is a vibrant destination rich in cultural heritage and business opportunities. Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji is more than just a hotel; it is a gateway to experiencing Gujarat's renowned hospitality and its spectacular attractions," stated Mr. Mukherjee.

The resort is set to open in June, ready to welcome guests who are looking for a memorable stay that combines the best of Gujarat's hospitality with the comfort and luxury that the Pride Hotels Group is known for.

For more information on booking and the services offered at Pride Elite Wellness Resort Becharaji, please visit the Pride Hotels Group website. Whether you are traveling for business, leisure, or wellness, this new resort promises a stay that goes beyond expectations, offering a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and cultural exploration.

Bowling, Dining, and Beyond at Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India

Bowling, Dining, and Beyond at Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 16, 2024

DLF Mall of India, Noida, recently unveiled Delhi-NCR’s first Game Palacio, introducing an immersive gaming and entertainment hub for visitors of all ages. This expansive venue offers a diverse range of activities, from arcade games and boutique bowling to captivating virtual reality experiences. Additionally, guests can savor delectable cuisines and enjoy live music performances at the upscale dining spots within the Game Palacio.

Shibli Khan, Centre Head of DLF Mall of India, said “We are thrilled to welcome the Game Palacio to DLF Mall of India as a one-stop destination for unparalleled entertainment. With its gamut offerings and immersive game experiences, the Game Palacio underscores our commitment to providing world-class leisure options within DLF Mall of India.”

Manish Mehrotra, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations at DLF Shopping Malls, said “We are excited to welcome the Game Palacio at DLF Mall of India, Noida. It is more than just a gaming destination; it is an experience tailored for every generation. From arcade thrills to VR experience, the Game Palacio fosters our commitment to offering our patrons cherished memories and boundless joy.”

Prasuk R Jain, Owner of Game Palacio, said “In the next decade, we anticipate the trend of Game Palacio to increase in India rapidly. This year, we are thrilled to announce multiple openings back to back, including locations at Connaught Place (Regal Building) in Delhi, Pitampura in West Delhi, Saket in South Delhi and Golf Course Road in Gurugram. The Game Palacio has already established itself as a leading brand in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Chandigarh.”

Occupying an impressive 56,000 square feet area within DLF Mall of India, Game Palacio offers a comprehensive entertainment package. Among its highlights are a state-of-the-art arcade, complete with classic and modern video games, and a boutique bowling alley where visitors can test their skills in a stylish setting. Additionally, guests can dive into captivating virtual reality adventures, providing a unique and immersive gaming experience.

But the excitement doesn't stop there. Game Palacio also boasts two distinct dining options to satisfy hungry gamers and visitors alike. Kamikaze, a sophisticated cocktail bar, offers a chic setting to unwind and enjoy handcrafted beverages, while Verde, an authentic Italian restaurant, serves up delicious cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. These dining venues add another dimension to the overall experience, allowing guests to enjoy delectable dishes and live music performances while taking a break from the gaming action.

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