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Luxury holiday in rajasthan
Bikaner   1-2 days
Tucked away in the harsh desert region of western Rajasthan lies the relatively remote city of Bikaner. But then we always liked to explore off the beaten track.
     
Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner  - Click to enlarge   A man of extraordinary vision and character, Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner was a signatory to the Treaty of Versailles.
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Started the day by visiting the unusual Junagarh Fort. Unusual because, unlike all the major forts of Rajasthan which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself.

The palace complex's sumptuously decorated interiors are better preserved than in almost any other region. Particularly, Anup Mahal with its ornately lacquered walls in red & gold and panels of dazzling coloured glass inlay set over the coronation throne. The marble columns are covered with delicate paint work, and the entire effect is simply breathtaking.
 
Bikaner | Excursions
   
   
Anup Mahal - Click to enlarge Anup Mahal.
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The fresco of rain clouds in Badal Mahal brought a smile to our face when the guide explained that since rains were a rare phenomenon in this desert kingdom, an artist was specially commissioned to paint it, so that when the rains finally did come, the children of the royal household would not get frightened.

From the Junagarh Fort, we saw some beautiful havelis (mansions) that line the narrow alleys of the walled city. Later, we went to see the impressive Lallgarh Palace. Like Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, the royal family still lives in a wing of this palace, but the rest of it has now been converted into a charming hotel, with a fascinating little museum thrown in.
Bharatpur
Bikaner continued...
Rajasthan Diary
is a Fictional Travelogue of a couple's visit to
the vibrant,
colorful and
historic state of Rajasthan, India. Click on any of the links below to read the travellers notes.
Destinations
Ajmer & Pushkar
Bharatpur
Bikaner
Bundi
Chittaurgarh
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Kota
Mount Abu
Ranakpur
Ranthambhor
Shekhavati
Udaipur
Awards
People
Wildlife
Rural Bazaars
Music & Dance
Shopper's Paradise
Forts & Palaces
Fairs & Festivals
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