The Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner Rajasthan
Hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace :
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 has 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.
Room Type :
Royal Deluxe Room - Royal Deluxe Rooms
These may comprise two singles or a double and were originally the larger bedrooms in the palace. The decorative accents and layout has been lovingly preserved. These spacious, breezy bedrooms look out to panoramic views of the Lalgarh Estate. A typical example is perched high above the central courtyard - one of two twin bedrooms with an inter-connecting hallway. These are especially great for groups of friends or families on holiday, or for the party of a corporate offsite.
The Palace Room - These plush expanses originally served as apartments for members of Bikaner’s royal family. The roomy period style roccoco furniture is over a hundred years old yet immensely comfortable. Antique accents like four-poster brass beds, escritoires, old-world dressing tables, porthole-shaped shaving mirrors and glorious sunken bathtubs celebrate the palace’s heritage. These rooms look out to our verdant lawns. Birdsong, a large television and robust air-conditioning make these restful, luxurious homes away from home.
Historical Suite - Karni Vilas has been left unchanged from the time, over a century ago, when it was the bed-chamber of a prince. This marble-walled suite is rich with usta art in blue and gold. The teak ceiling has inlaid carvings covered in gold. Each vertical wall panel has the most intricately detailed scenes of shikar (the royal hunt) on view within the palace, painted in indigo into a motif of amphoras. Each frieze has been painstakingly executed and the blue of the room’s upholstery brings them out beautifully. The bedroom leads to a spacious dressing room and an enormous bathroom with delightfully antique his-and-her’s WC’s.
Royal Suite - Ganga Mahal You know you’re in a royal bedroom - twin images of Surya the Sun God beam down at you from the Burma teak ceiling, festooned with an intricately carved grid in a resplendent blue. Below, the tone of the place is restrained yet undoubtedly regal. Hunker down in Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji’s brass canopied four-poster bed. Write on his escritoire. Listen to his gramophone, hang your jacket on his coatrack, use his old-school telephone and take your seat in a cosy heirloom jhoola (swing) which still has on its original silk upholstery. Presidential Suite A sumptuously appointed place with a TV armoire, a writing desk, a canopied four poster bed, a card table and a dining table, sofas, ottomans and pouffes and a pair of bronze horses that are offered freshly mown fescue from the palace lawns daily. The suite comes with its own dressing room and a generously proportioned bathroom. Small decorative accents, put in when the palace was built in 1904 imbue it with character. A brilliant metal door fastener fashioned in the shape of interlocked fists renders the suite impregnable even today. Bridal Suite Situated on the second floor, this intimate suite offers unparalleled privacy and stellar views of the Lalgarh Palace complex. The suite features bolstered seating on its alcoves, usta art on glasswork and on marble, our signature old-world furniture and a generously sized bath. It looks out on to a covered marble verandah, with two mid-level terraces flanking it. The entire area is cordoned off for bridal parties, serving as a romantic, spacious, semi-detached enclosure, remote from the bustle of our ground floor.Address: Lal Garh Campus, Dr Karni Singhji Road, Samta Nagar, Bikaner, ,Rajasthan 334001
Hotel Type: heritage
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