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LAXMI NIWAS PALACE (BIKANER)


Laxmi Niwas Palace

Address


The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Dr. Karni Singhji Road, Bikaner (INDIA) 334001
Tel. +91-151-2200088

History


The Laxmi Niwas Palace was commissioned by His Highness Sir Ganga Singh Ji in 1904. The impetus behind it was two-fold - to provide employment to the townspeople and to create a stately residence worthy of the royal house of Bikaner. His Highness was a man of impeccable taste and supervised the artists, masons and builders personally in their endeavours. Many of the friezes on the palace's walls, the geometrically perfect symmetry of its outlay, the ornate filigree work and latticed screens may all be attributed to his artistic vision and temperament. He was also a famous host and his guests, (nearly always royals or dignitaries with packed agendas) tended to overstay, sometimes for months longer than they had originally intended. We hope the grace and charm of His Highness' former abode and our hospitality will have a similar effect on you. When you build a palace like none other, not just anyone is invited to stay. Since 1904, only a few have been deemed worthy of a higher order of hospitality - princelings, Europe's pre-eminent bluebloods, King George V and Queen Mary, a handful of statesmen; a few of the notable architects of history. The world at large had been shut out of the Laxmi Niwas Palace. You may now actually go a step further. Gaze at hand-painted friezes and gold-laden walls. Examine up close the inspiration behind Lutyens' and Baker's architectural style. And perhaps reflect on the fact that exclusion does sometimes make a place what it is. In replicating the grandeur and panoply of the maharajas, we literally went back to photographs from 1937, the time of King George's visit and the Second Durbar, which was when the Laxmi Niwas Palace was a study in fin de seicle opulence. From authentic chintz to original drapery, objet'd art to Empire furniture, hand-painted walls and gilt-embossed gold paneling, every detail from that halcyon era been lovingly preserved, within

Our Rooms


However, in none of them have the need for modern conveniences been compromised. Which is what makes the Laxmi Nivas a delight, for curators and holidaymakers alike.

Indulge


Fancy a couple of sets, after sun-down Or would rather prefer something like swimming or billiards Our premises house an illuminated tennis court, as well as another for badminton, croquet lawns, ping pong tables as well as putting greens. The bar offers a plethora of tantalizing tipple, and a glimpse of the spoils of hunting expeditions, from times past. Our chefs draw inspiration from the royal kitchens of Bikaner, while also borrowing liberally from local fare. In as far as where you'd choose to take your meals, we offer a wealth of locales.

Experience


From fire dances, to traditional Indian ghazals, kalb elian performers, jugglers and acrobats, to troupes of folk singers, livening up your evenings at our courtyard, takes but a day's notice. Our performers are camera-and-tourist-friendly, and not averse to teaching you a line, or a step or two, if you're willing to hum and dance along.

Attend


An Ideal location for film and photography shoots as well as fashion shows- our jaw-dropping interiors and grand exteriors serve as creative fodder for stylists, photographers and directors alike. Be it weddings or corporate conferences, we offer personalized banqueting arrangements, preferred rates for groups, themed evenings, and respite from the every day, every minute of the day.
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