234 – Umaid Bhawan Mandala

Umaid Bhawan Palace Lobby
Umaid Bhawan Palace Lobby

This magnificent floor of Islamic design can be found in the lobby of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India and photographed here by behome.com as part of their blog post: Objects We Love.

Like Celtic knots, Islamic patterns intrigue me with their intricate and mesmerizing designs. Along with the design here being a mandala, the shape of the lobby and the walkway around the lobby all forms of mandala.

Makers for “The Fall” used this beautiful lobby for a scene in their movie. Along with the floor, the sufi dancers themselves formed mystical mandalas with their whirling.

Umaid-Bhawan Palace from  the movie The Fall
The Umaid-Bhawan Palace lobby as seen from the movie The Fall

Turns out that the palace is a private residence, museum and a luxury hotel. And for about $3,500 (usd) a night you can stay in one of their grand royal suites.

Another amazing sight to add to my travel wish list.

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