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 …
... Rat Temple, which had thousands of rats running everywhere. They feed these little rats all day long and lots of water for them as well. They were even running over my feet..... our dog Shadow would have gone crazy. We even managed to see a white rat, which Ikram says will bring us good luck. From there a tuk-tuk ride with another guide to the old section of town, which was a bit of a zoo in the driving department. Very narrow ...
... an Indian city. The markets were great; fruit markets, vegetable markets, spices, electronics, clothes, - pretty much everything you could think of, and lots more you couldn't possibly.
We met up back on the roof terrace, where a cold Kingfisher went down a treat. Dinner at a"boutique restaurant" Miguel had found on his travels. Big disappointment.
Next day, a trip to the famous rat temple.
Legend has it that many centuries ago, a follower of Karni Mata, ...
... drunk earlier in the day. He was genuinely upset; not because he had lost our rum, but because he wasn't getting any more booze and he looked as though he was going to cry. We were unsure at this point whether Babu was a raging alcoholic or just really wanted to get away from the wife for a while. He seemigly accused his friend of stealing it but he then explained that he hid it from his dad and and him earlier so he didnt get too drunk and now he didn't know where ...