-- From Delhi to Bikaner --

  By : Jenny Sarbock  [on Wed, 16-Mar-2011]    Destination : Bikaner
I and Lily had a great time visiting Delhi and from there we left for Bikaner, Rajasthan. We spent six good ours in the car with our driver Jai, a total entertainer, he told us so many stories of his childhood and how horses were given as gifts to the in laws of the girl after she got married. The drive did not strain us mentally but physically we were very tired. We reached this place called Mandwa, a small stop over where we had our lunch, powered ourselves up for another 4 hours of drive to Bikaner. Bikaner is a cool place as compared to Mandawa. The centre of attraction in Bikaner is the Junagarh fort. We went to visit the fort the next day, since we had already crossed our plan budget; we just hired one single travel guide. I must say he was not very informative. We mostly explored the fort ourselves, not bothering the presence of the dumb guide. it was a great experience to see the towering fort, take stupid photographs and pose as if the fort belonged to us. Later then we went to a place which we eager to see, the Lalgarh Palace. This palace is very beautiful and the architecture of this place is really incomparable. This royal building was built by Sir Swinton Jacob and has a mix of Italian style and British style of architecture. Other worth visiting place in Bikaner is the Lakshmi Nivas Palace. This was the royal residence of King Ganga, the then ruler of Bikaner. It is made in red sandstone and looks really magnificent exteriorly. It is now converted into a heritage hotel. Those who wish to get a lot of royal treatment must check into this hotel, it is there to please. The state of Rajasthan has rich cultural heritage. We had a great time visiting Bikaner; it is one of my favorite tourist destinations. The sweets and namkin that we had purchased from Bikaner was loved back home and we were really lucky to have visited Bikaner at ease and without any problems.
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