Gajner Palace Hotel
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After a good night’s sleep we got up to see our hotel in daylight for the first time. As part of the holiday is to stay in old palaces this was no exception. The Gagner Palace Hotel was built in 1903 by the Maharaja of Bikaner as a hunting resort and visitors included the Prince of Wales in 1905 and Lord Mountbatten when Viceroy. It …
Today we were warned would be one of the longest days with a fairly long drive in the afternoon. We left Mandawa and retraced our footsteps to Nawalgarh, where we were taken of a walking tour of the painted havelis. Haveli means house, but in Rajasthan it refers also to a specific type of house, built around 1890-1910 by wealthy merchants …
... for trains (they can be a nightmare here! - if you haven't booked one 2-3 weeks in advance, you're not getting one, is the general rule.) It was possible and in the same few minutes Shelly had booked us a hostel walking distance from the train station and had confirmed via email that the hostel owner would "send the boy," to meet us. Happy days! We met the hostel owner pretty quickly; he was keen to welcome us in and introduced us briefly to other guests. ...
... surrounded by the building on all sides. So far so good. We were told we had been upgraded and taken to the opposite side of the courtyard to a wooden lift which we were told had been installed 100 years ago, with those old fashioned sliding lattice-work gates both if which had to be closed before the lift will move. We got in along with our luggage and the receptionist but when buttons were pressed, it refused to budge. So the man and luggage ...
... through the town and traded with the local merchants. The owners of many of these Havelis, which are highly decorated with frescoes, now live in the major cities, leaving caretakers to look after the Havelis in their absence.
Mandawa is on the edge of the desert region and our journey to Bikaner took us deeper into this region. The fields are dotted with many Procophiscincaria (Khejri) trees which are able to tap into the water deep below ...