Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the biggest private residences, located in Jodhpur. The purpose of building this palace was to provide employment to a plenty of people during a period of drought and famine. The palace is split up into three operative parts – the residency of the royal family of the owner, a luxurious Taj Palace Hotel and a museum displaying the 20th century history of the royal family of Jodhpur. It also has a gallery displaying the most exotic automobiles possessed by the royals. The palace is open to the tourists from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.