This Heritage Hotel is a jewel in the Thar Desert with a wonderful lakeside location. Lose yourself in this sprawling majestic palace, once a royal hunting lodge, with its distinctive terraces and balconies. Revered for its fabulous setting and unhurried way of life, explore a world of nature-walks, boat-rides, sanctuary dinners and desert safaris. Discover Rajasthan’s ‘best-kept secret’, just 30-minutes’ drive away from Bikaner.
The hotel grounds extend over 6000 acres adjacent to Gajner Lake. The palace was primarily a hunting resort during the days of the British Raj and attracted several dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales in 1905, Governor General Lord Elgin, Lord Erwin in 1927 and Lord Mountbatten when he was Viceroy of India. Besides its panoramic landscape and architectural beauty, the Palace Complex also has the remnants of a historic railway station: this hunting resort was connected to Bikaner Palace by rail in 1922.
Accommodation at Gajner Palace is divided into four distinctive wings: Dungar Niwas, Mandir Chowk, Gulab Niwas and Champa Niwas. The hotel’s 13 Historic Suites are in Dungar Niwas where British dignitaries stayed during their leisure trips to the Palace. Each suite has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Every detail, from the furniture to the wallpaper, the four-poster beds and picturesque windows has been carefully recreated exuding an aura of a bygone age. All rooms have been thoughtfully fitted with modern conveniences. The palace-hotel also offers 32 Deluxe Rooms in Gulab Niwas (used by glamorous railway officers in former times), Champa Niwas (the recently built section, with a beautiful courtyard surrounded by rooms) and Mandir Chowk (part of the reception area for dignitaries arriving by train and dominated by the presence of an ancient temple and age-old Banyan trees).
The Mirage Restaurant, once the ballroom for the Maharaja and his guests, serves delightful Indian, Mughlai and Continental cuisine to 21st century visitors. The Imperial Terrace, an extension to the Mirage, overlooking the lake and sanctuary, is where folk and tribal dancers regale guests through the evening. Drinks are available from the Mrigtrishna Bar which evokes similar emotions of gentility and elegant opulence.
Facilities include a billiards room, spa offering Ayurvedic treatments in exotic tented settings, tennis courts, table tennis, nature walks, cycling, camel and jeep safaris into Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and boating on Gajner Lake.