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A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 2 - Laxmi Niwas Palace


                      One of the highlights of our the trip was Laxmi Niwas Palace and our stay there. So if you do not enjoy such a beautiful piece of architecture, it is not good. Toady's episode is dedicated to this beautiful palace only.

                              Laxmi Niwas Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces of Rajasthan. It was built by King of Bikaner Ganga Singh Ji and commissioned in 1902. Basically, it is a part of a complex with three palaces in it 1. Laxmi Niwas Palace 2. Lalgarh Palace 3. Shiv Niwas Palace. While Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lalgarh Palace have been converted into luxury hotels, Shiv Niwas Palace is a private property.  This Palace has hosted the princelings, King George V, Queen Mary Europes Bluebloods and eminent statesmen.

                 Stanley Reed, the official reporter of the 1905-06 India tour of the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King George V and Queen Mary of Great Britain) noted that "The Laxmi Niwas Palace is the most perfect modern building in the Indo-Saracenic style in India - an entirely graceful pile of carved red sandstone, nobly proportioned and harmonising entirely with its environment. Their Royal Highnesses have not been more splendidly housed since they landed in Bombay". - source Wikipedia

               Moreover, a lot of movies have been shot here namely Khoobsurat starring Sonam Kapoor, Firangi - Kapil Sharma, Baadshaho - Ajay Devgan. In fact, shooting of Baadshaho was going on when we were there, but not in this palace but at some other location.

             So the morning and evening of the second day was dedicated to exploring the property.


              This is the main entrance of the Palace and has a clock mounted on the top of it, As soon as you enter the gate, you come across a huge roundabout with a Fountain and the statue of Maharaja of Bikaner. 


The long drive-through goes along the huge gardens to find a beautiful building in red sandstone welcoming you.



                             As you reach the portico, the intricate carving on the stone makes your jaw drop in awe.

  Facade of the Palace with Royal Guard.

Beautiful carvings on the stone and door.

A view of the Palace lawns from Porch and the Fountain at the entrance is also visible from here


                                   You move a few steps and the reception with equally imposing carving, Stone inlay work on the floor and a beautiful chandelier cannot be missed.

             You walk through the French doors and a beautiful courtyard welcomes you
  
Another view of the courtyard

An array of flowers around a small working fountain and well-manicured lawn around it give a new dimension to the entire setup.

The long corridors were decorated with pictures of Royal family and other various artefacts

Another view

Way to our suite

                     Then there was a Billiards room. It had a Billiards table which was 150 years old. A lot of shikar pictures and Trophies adorned the walls of this huge room. A total of 14 magnificent Lions and tigers hung on the walls apart from numerous Stags and boars.

                  Narrow stairs lead you to the rooftop, which offers splendid views
            A beautiful sunrise viewed from the rooftop of the palace


Another view and the building visible is Lalbagh palace.

 Yet another view


A view of Palace gardens from Top

         After viewing the beautiful sunrise from the rooftop, it was time for a stroll on the gardens.



               There were a lot of peacocks on the property, roaming on the gardens....



           Or perched on the parapet walls .....



    Or sitting on the canon. In the background is the third palace of the complex Shiv Niwas Palace, the present residence of the royal family.



           After enjoying the gardens, It was time for breakfast. The hotel has 02 restaurants, namely Swarn Mahal and Hari Mahal. 



                  After a hearty Breakfast, it was time to explore Bikaner.


One of the most meautiful experiences at Laxmi Niwas palace was a person experience in the courtyard, where an artist played melodious and soothing tunes on flute, the sounds of the  chirping of the birds and that of water from the fountain created a mesmerising effect.

A small video here of the Flute player in the morning.



Contd..............


A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner and Jaisalmer - Day 1- Ludhiana to Bikaner
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 1 - Karni Mata Mandir
A tryst with Royalty - Bikaner and Jaisalmer - Day 1 - Camel Research Farm , Royal Cenotaps
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 2 - Junagarh Fort - Part 1
A Tryst with Royalty - Bikaner & Jaisalmer - Day 2 - Junagarh Fort - Part 2

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