I stayed 4 nights in Bikaner in the very hot off season at this very grand palace turned hotel. When Rajasthan joined India the Rajas were given stipends in lieu of their previous tax collecting. Under Indira Gandhi this was abolished so the Maharajas were reduced to changing their homes into hotels. I feel no sympathy for them at all! Most still have vast wealth, I think. But now us commoners can stay in a royal palace. The staff are most pleasant and attentive. The dining room has superb ambience and absolutely delicious Indian food. Breakfast was included, served in another grand room, with what ever you wanted cooked for you. When in India I love eating everything Indian.
It was very yummy! The grounds are attractive, the pool large, and the hotel quiet, separate from the buzz of the old city. I was upgraded to a historic suite staying in 204 above the rooms used by Queen Elizabeth when she visited. It is a 5 minute walk to the bus stand where one can take buses to various towns outside of Bikaner. Abhivyakti, the retail outlet of the Ormul Trust, features beautiful hand spun, dyed, woven, nicely-tailored western and Indian style 100 cotton shirts and other clothing at excellent prices. (10CAD$ for a very nice short sleeved man's shirt). The trust also has a very good milk bar just outside the shop entrance. Recommended. It is a 40-50Rupee tuktuk ride into most parts of the city. Moomal Restaurant as a fantastic Special dried fruit and nut creamy Moghul-style curry. Bhikaran Chandmal Bujiwallah has most delectable sweets. Vijay Rathore of Vijay Guest House organized a trip to the Camel Breeding and Research centre. Babies are very cute. Try the Camel Milk Kulfi (a frozen treat) and to Deshnok to the Karna Mata temple. This Temple was the reason for my 3rd visit to Rajasthan since I couldn't work it into my 2 previous visits to this Indian state. Take disposable socks for the rat temple visit and ladoos for the little reincarnations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharaja Ganga Singh in Bikaner. This is a 106 year old heritage palace with 45 deluxe rooms and 15 royal suites, all are air-conditioned and many of them have direct access to an open terrace. No more than 2 rooms are alike. One can learn about the rich culture, history and lifestyles of the Rajputana Kings of India. ... more less
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