TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1 Rajasthan Calling!
- 2 Our Stay at Gaj Kesri
- 3 Interacting with our hosts
- 4 The Dining Area
- 5 Exploring the Rampuria Haveli & Bhanwar Nivas
- 6 Best things to do in Bikaner
- 7 Best time to visit Bikaner
- 8 How to reach Bikaner
Our Stay at Gaj Kesri
Another highlight of the property and probably a good spot to take instagrammable pictures is the swimming pool. The blue waters create a stunning contrast thanks to the light red flooring outside and the deep red hotel building. Although we didn’t get into the pool, it sure did look really tempting.
Interacting with our hosts
The Dining Area
Exploring the Rampuria Haveli & Bhanwar Nivas
Best things to do in Bikaner
It is said that the foundations of the Junagarh Fort were laid down in 1478 by Rao Bika and was built as a stone fort. It was initially called Chintamani and in the 20th century was renamed to Junagarh Fort.
The Karni Mata Temple, also popularly known as the Nari Mata Temple, is a highly popular tourist spot amongst devotees that is dedicated to Karni Mata, who is believed to be an incarnation of Maa Durga. She is supposed to have laid the foundation stones of two of the most famous forts in Rajputana, and numerous temples dedicated to her can be found all across the country. What is unique about this temple, however, is not its architecture or location, rather the fact that 25,000 black rats live, and are worshipped, in the temple.
Located in Bikaner, the Lalgarh Palace was constructed sometime between 1902 and 1926. This beautiful structure now serves as a Heritage hotel and you must spend some time here admiring the architecture and the lovely green lawn in front of it.
We weren’t too sure about going since we’ve seen camels before and done a couple of camel rides as well and didn’t expect to see anything new. But walking through the center we were amazed to see the sheer number of camel here, pushing each other during their busy lunchtime. And then we got to see for the first time ever, the black camel and a white camel as well.
A reddish sandstone building, located next to the water and its reflection on the still water creating a magnificent sight! That’s the Gajner Palace for you. The palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh as a hunting lodge but was converted to a hotel in 1976. Gajner Palace offers you a variety of leisure activities from boat rides to desert safaris.