The Bikaner hotel was a shock! It was the only one that was getting listed on Trip Advisor for the budget I had in mind and within the city limits so I had booked it. It is a family run place but it could’ve been better maintained. Thin layer of dirt on the floor and in the morning we didnt have water even for the flush 😦 We got delayed by more than an hour just waiting for the water and then for the geyser to work and heat up the water for bath. But the plus point was the amazing breakfast. Cooked fresh in the kitchen, we had soft Aloo Paranthas, Poha and yummy kulfi.
We started with the Bikaner fort which is the only fort where the guide comes along with the entry fees. He did an awesome job explaning everything around the fort and even took pictures. This fort was a pleasant surprise because we had a thought of skipping Bikaner all together since it was a bit out of the way. It was worth the journey and the stay. The palace and the fort was very different from the one we saw in Jaipur. It had beautifully painted walls and doors, color coded darbars furnished and decorated with everything in red or green, views of the city from various courtyards on the upper floors – awe inspiring. We also saw the museum while we waited for the palace gates to open. The queens sarees and the clothes and the wonderfully woven carpets-simply superb. Take a look at the pictures to give you a clue of how beautiful the fort is and everything is done by hand…no machinery-isnt it awe inspiring?
We then started the long journey from Bikaner to Jaisalmer via Pokhran. Apparently BIL thought that this was the route where the movie “Road” was shot and he wanted to see how deserted and lonely it was. Which it was actually – we saw the desert landscape – a couple of peacocks and Black bucks roaming around and camel rearing along the path. We went in search of a place to eat and stopped at another secluded hotel which has named itself a resort in the middle of no-where and again we were the only ones in the hotel and we were given freshly cooked food. Another full afternoon and evening of driving and we reached Jaisalmer and the hotel – Nachana Haveli only by 8pm.