Gajner Palace and Lake, Bikaner

The Gajner Palace in Bikaner is a jewel in the Thar Desert. It was built by His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh of Bikaner on the shores of a lake. The majestic palace is spread over 6000 acres. The charm of the palace is its, fabulous setting and unhurried way of life. One can explore a world of pleasant nature-walks, boat rides on the lake, sanctuary dinners and desert safaris. One of Rajasthan’s ‘best-kept secret’, Gajner is just 30-minutes’ drive away from the city of Bikaner.

History

The Gajner Palace in Bikaner was primarily built as a hunting resort during the days of the British Raj. The royal mansion has hosted several dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales in 1905, Governor General Lord Elgin, Lord Erwin in 1927 and also Lord Mountbatten when he was Viceroy of India. The Imperial Sand Grouse shooting at the Palace during the Christmas season was the most sought after invitation in the Indian social calendar. Not just a pleasant panoramic landscape and architectural beauty, the Palace Complex also has the remnants of a historic railway station. This hunting resort was connected to Bikaner Palace by rail in 1922. Though time has passed the palace is elegant and is reminiscent of the olden days.

Gajner Palace Hotel-Heritage of Bikaner

Bikaner’s Gajner Palace has now been transformed into a stunning heritage hotel. It is currently owned by HRH Group of Hotels. The property was converted into a heritage hotel in 1976. Gajner Palace is divided into four wings, Dungar Niwas, Mandir Chowk, Gulab Niwas and Champa Niwas.

The palace is known for its distinctive terraces and balconies reflecting the era of the days gone by. The hotel has 13 historic suites. Each suite has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Every detail, from the furniture to the wallpaper, the four-poster beds and picturesque windows has been carefully preserved. The palace boasts of jharokhas, carved pillars and great craftsmanship by the traditional artisans.

To relive the days of the past, the opulent property has many fond memories. Stay in the place to experience the age-old luxurious lifestyle of the kings belonging to the ancient era.

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