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.
The huge central courtyard with lush green trees.
...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 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!