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 …
... at 7:30am. Getting out of Delhi was interesting because
the city is so massive, it seemed like it would never end... When we finally got out of Delhi, there was
pretty diverse land – it was very vegetated, like a forest at some point, and
then it would be kind of like a desert.
There are large amounts of land that is either used for
farming, or simply not used at all. Then
... On Toffee's advice, we opted for the audio guide, so we could move at our own pace, and not depend on a human guide's decisions. That turned out to be good advice. There were many large groups being shown round by guides, and because of the size of the groups the guide kept having to shout to ensure that the whole group could hear him. We were able to just step back and wait for the group to move on before resuming the audio guide until the next group came along. All ...
... of his homeland and wanted us to come and visit and to meet his family as 'we are family too' which was very sweet. He likes classical Hindi music but doesn't like films or television using the tv only to watch the news. We feel totally safe with him driving as he drives so aggressively, which is what is required to survive the madness of Indian roads. He squeezes his car through ...