Gajner Palace in Bikaner was our second destination after experiencing the havelis in Mandawa, Shekhawati.

As we entered the palace premises, we knew we were in for a royal experience:-)

Gajner Palace was built by H.H. Maharaja Sir Ganga Singhji, the dynamic ruler of Bikaner. The architecture is a unique blend of traditional Rajput sandstone carvings on the exterior and the interiors styled in a typical late 19th century European country houses.

Beautiful traditional metal pots lining the steps leading to the reception.

Gajner Palace is constructed along the embankment of a lake. The Palace grounds are a private wildlife sanctuary.

It was so beautiful to sit along the side of the lake and watch many migratory water birds:-)
The huge central courtyard with lush green trees.
Floating flowers always have my full attention:-)
...and the attention of the parrots too:-) What a lovely sight it was!
Gajner Palace used to be a hunting resort used by former Maharajas and visiting British dignitaries during the days of the Raj.
The view of the lake from our room.
Stunning floor tiles in the corridor leading to the colonial-style rooms.

Another view of stunning architecture.

The dusk at the palace was breath-taking.
We were in for more surprises when the central courtyard was lit with a huge bonfire and Rajasthani folk singers singing the songs of the desert. What a beautiful winter night it was!

The Gajner Palace is now part of HRH Group of Hotels, who have restored the palace as well as the surroundings and is today one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in Bikaner, Rajathan.

(images by Arch)