I finally go to travel again after a whopping 6 months. While it was a short trip, I still had so much fun being on my own in a new place.
Where did I go? Bikaner
Where is it? It is a small, desert town in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is rich in history and culture. It is also a army/air force base due to its proximity to our border.
How did I travel? I flew there from my city – Delhi. There are only flights from Jaipur and Delhi to Bikaner on alternate days. Being an Indian Air Force airport be prepared for flight timing changes.
How was the weather? Insanely hot. During the day, the temperature was around 40C.
Who did I go with? Ha, if you read the title – I went solo (finally!).
Where did I stay? I stayed in a gorgeous royal palace turned into a luxury hotel. (I choose nicer places to stay in while travelling solo)
COVID checks? At the airport only fully vaccinated people or people with a negative RT PCR from the last 72hrs were allowed to leave. Other folks were required to quarantine and get tested. I am fully vaccinated.
What did I do? I roamed around a little, ate A LOT, slept A LOT and shopped around for products for my brand. Bikaner (and most of Rajasthan and a lot of other parts of India) are rich in local handicrafts – hence, I went around looking for artisans that I could work with for my brand.
Here is a short photo journal –
The Royal Cenotaphs
These are memorials built for the various royal family members that have passed over the past 300 years. Some have been built in red sandstone and some in marble.
Narendra Bhavan (the hotel I stayed in)
One of the royal residences of the Maharaja of Bikaner which has now been converted into a beautiful hotel.
Laxmi Niwas Palace
Another royal palace converted into a luxury hotel, I stopped here to sample their famous food and I was not disappointed.
The Havelis of Bikaner
My most favourite part of the entire trip – visiting these havelis. The old merchant part of Bikaner has these gorgeous almost 100 year old mansions built by rich merchants. They are now locked up since future generations of the merchants aren’t living in Bikaner anymore. My photos don’t do justice to the beauty of this place.
I visited a lot of other beautiful places too mostly stumbled across them while walking around but this blog will get too long if I include more photos. I am so glad I got to take a break and get away by myself for a few days. Maybe it’s a quirk but I love alone down time – it helps me reset more easily.
Have you been anywhere recently? I can’t wait to escape to the beach soon.
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