Bikaner is a city that lies in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Bika in the year 1488 CE, Bikaner is one of the largest cities in the state of Rajasthan. Known for its cuisine, culture, history and International Camel Festival held here every year. The city celebrates its foundation day on Akshaya Tritiya which is one of an auspicious festival in India. The celebration lasts for 2 days and you can notice many kites being flown by residents and it starts as early in the morning.
Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in the year 1488 CE. Rao Bika was the first son of Maharaja Rao Jodha who was the founder of Jodhpur. Before its foundation, Bikaner was a barren land called Jangladesh. Rao Bika did not want to inherit the land from his father and searched a place that he can start his kingdom, later on, his search expedition, he founded Bikaner. This is one of the important routes between Central Asia and the coast of Gujarat. Rao Bika built a fort in the premises of the city; the fort is now in ruins and around 1.5 km away from the city a new palace was built which is now known as Junagarh Fort.
With its rich history and hospitality, we should explore the beautiful city and know its history and culture. While there are many places to stay in the city, I opted out to stay at a nice looking, situated offbeat location just outside Bikaner city and around half an hour drive from Bikaner Airstrip, was the Hotel Gaj Kesri.
Gaj Kesri meaning ‘King of Elephants’ is a part of Basavana Art Hotels situated in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan. With its bright red stone exteriors with minarets and balcony, I expected luxury during my stay here. Built on 30acre piece of land, Gaj Kesri hotel looks like a mansion situated amid the greenery. The art and architecture of this hotel reflect traditional Rajasthani art. It is to be noted that the owner of the hotel is so interested in art that he bought local artists and craftsmanship and designed the rooms of Gaj Kesri making one of a marvellous place of stay.
Hotel Gaj Kesri has around 17 superior and 24 deluxe rooms. Both the rooms offer A/c, Intercom, Internet, Mirror, Luggage Rack, Telephone, TV, Wardrobe, Complimentary toiletries and comes with comfortable king-size bed. It is to be noted that there is a large spacious open courtyard situated right at the centre of the hotel where many events can be held such as open mic sessions, or any such functions. There is a restaurant present on the premises where they serve Vegetarian food, here you can experience authentic Rajasthani cuisine, however, we heard that they would be trying out continental cuisine here on an experimental basis if it clicks then they would add them to the menu. The food here tasted delicious and making me want to have more.
Additionally, Gaj Kesri hotel offers you swimming pool with nature surrounding it, we can hear birds chirping while we are dipping in the pool. The staff here are so friendly and customer-centric that we can order food and drinks on the poolside, they do offer room service which is a plus point staying at this hotel. We do get a lot of good views away from the bustling city of Bikaner as this place of stay is situated around 10km away from the city. If people from other nation want to stay at the hotel and are worried about currency exchange, fret not as this place offers currency exchange and you can exchange them here and continue your journey of this beautiful city. As the hotel is opened recently we are yet to experience some amenities which are yet to be completed such as Spa, Gymnasium and Shopping centre which upon opening I would love to visit here.
Often we think we should conduct our wedding in grand and some people would have destination wedding places, Hotel Gaj Kesri offers wedding place with the sophisticated and versatile wedding hall and is large enough for various kind of social events and gathering. Be it Sangeet, Mehendi ceremony or exchange of vows this place offers a large seating arrangement and you can have a beautiful destination wedding at this amazing hotel.