Sleep in the maharajah’s bed!
Well, not his bed, but in his palace, in a big bed, in a big room, and enjoy the exotic architecture of a Rajasthani palace. Not exactly an old historical palace as this was built in 1902 by Lord Swinton Jacob, in a “Anglo-scenic” style, a blend of Rajput and European architecture and decoration for Maharajah Ganga Singhi.
Lord Mountbatten, Queen Mary and lots of other dignitaries or celebrities stayed here, and now Kokoryko was here too!! (haha)!
Arriving at this palace, you are welcomed by guards in traditional dress, and all is done to make you feel like a real VIP (which, for the price you pay, you may not expect), you can choose your room, when several are available, a butler helps you making yourself comfortable, etc, etc. . . and all usual amenities you expect from an international standard hotel (except Internet connection, but when I travel, I forget about “modern” world!). Breakfast was great.
And, last, but not least, you can visit this palace (which was a palace, before being “converted” into a hotel), discover the wonderful architecture, the exquisite stone carvings of this building (other tip).
Laxmi Niwas palace
You can have Dinner in the beautiful garden restaurant of this luxury hotel, enjoing a really wonderful show of Rajasthani music and dance.The dancer dances on Nails, on swords and finally on broken glass!
The food from the buffet is very good and there is a large choice of Indian and Europeau dishes, both salted and sweet.
The service is very good.All-you-can-eat at about Rs 800 per persons.
Folkloric dance at the Palace
Folklore, folkloric dance is not exactly my cup of tea, and even, Indian music is far from being my favourite, but during dinner at Laxmi Niwas Palace, I must admit I was impressed by the dancer who entertained the hosts dining in the central square yard of the palace. I have no idea whether the dance was traditional, but the dancer (woman) was very skilful and very spectacular, dancing barefoot on swords, on broken glass. . . . Well, something to impress, but it was interesting to look at!
An Anglo-scenic palace in Bikaner!
I stayed one night at the Laxmi Niwas Palace, hotel, former palace of Maharajah Ganga Singhi of Bikaner, and was impressed by this building, and visited it early morning, walking in the gardens, walking on the roofs of this intricate building, with multiple levels, small carved, sculptured pavilions, turrets, long corridors, a central square yard. . . . . . I do not know architecture but I am a bit sensitive to beauty and art, and liked a lot my early morning exploration of this palace, looking at the city from the roofs, discovering details in the carved windows, looking at the light on the sculptures. . . . Being in another world for a short hour, before enjoying a breakfast in the central yard of the palace.