About 20 kilometers from the city center is the gorgeous Gajner Palace, a luxurious and peaceful hotel to retreat to when traveling through busy Bikaner. Hire a taxi or tourist bus to take you to the village – this can be easily arranged from any hotel or tourist office. The palace is an old hunting ground built by Maharaja Ganga Singh that sits on a wildlife sanctuary and Gajner Lake. Make sure to take a walk around the adorable village of Gajner as well. Sit by the lake with a chai at sunset, as the village temple plays its daily Hindu tunes that say goodnight to Gajner each evening.
Gajner Palace, Kolayat, Gajner, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001, India, +91 294 252 8008
The main bazaar in Bikaner is located at the back of Junagarh Fort and is filled with sweet shops and juice walas, along with numerous back roads and small alleys filled with jewelry shops and textile markets. Purchase traditional Rajasthani scarves and beautiful cotton textiles for a quarter of the price when compared to Jaipur and Udaipur while enjoying the colorful world surrounding you with vibrant red, yellow and blue textiles and saris hanging above each shop.
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