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Old 29th May 2012, 18:12   #61
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Day 02
24th December 2011
Mandawa - Fatehpur - Deshnok - Bikaner

I was having a silent prayer in my mind to see atleast one white rat as it was considered lucky. Karni Mata indeed blessed us with the sighting of three white rats. While all this was happening, an emotion which I cannot express in words filled my mind, I thanked Karni Mata for her kindness and consider the occassion as one that I will never forget in life. We considered ourselves to be extremely lucky.

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Day 02
24th December 2011
Mandawa - Fatehpur - Deshnok - Bikaner

We visited the Museum on Karni Mata
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Inside the Mueseum there were paintings that depict the story. We got a nice gentleman who took us through the story.

By 19:30hours we started our journey to Bikaner, where we were booked for the night in Karni Bhawan Palace

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Old 29th May 2012, 18:41   #63
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Day 02
24th December 2011
Mandawa - Fatehpur - Deshnok - Bikaner

We were booked for the night at Karni Bhawan Palace. Karni Bhawan Palace is an Art Deco Building built by Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh Ji of Bikaner as his private residence.

Royal Retreats In Bikaner Rajasthan - Karni Bhawan Palace | Forts, Palaces and Heritage Hotels in Rajasthan India- HRH Group of Hotels

The Palace belongs to HRH group of Hotels under Shriji Arwind Singh of Mewar.
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We were booked into the three suites at first floor, and the floor was entirely for us.

We reached the hotel by 20:30 hours. We were welcomed with the traditional flower garland. We were quickly given the rooms and in no time we freshened up and assembled for the dinner.

The Dining hall. This was once a film projector room of the Maharaja
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We were all happy with the roayal treatment that we got here
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The Rajasthani thali with lal maans for me
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I was told the utensils were of silver, but I was too hungry to have even noticed it
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Dessert in the Desert
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We wanted to finish dinner earliier as it was Christmas eve and the kids wanted some time to write letters to Santa and to put their socks for gifts under the Christmas tree.


The Hotel had a huge Christmas tree
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We too had our small one in first floor. The kiddies kept their socks and letters to Santa
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PPGs told a little prayer. Thanked God for the year that it was and asked for forgiveness fo any mistakes they had done. They also wished Santa gifts them with gifts they wanted, and they hit the bed.

It was almost midnight by the time I retired.


It was a cozy night with a heater for comfort.
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Felt very nice at the hotel, it was comfortable, nice service and comfotatble rooms. I had a very relaxed sleep that night.





Tomorrow is Christmas!

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Old 29th May 2012, 19:49   #64
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Thanks Lalu for an excellent TL covering Rajasthan. Winter is the best time to spend time covering Rajasthan though nights can be really cold. A very detailed plan covering good parts of the state.

This TL will definitely bring back memories of our trip to the state in Oct 2008. Looking forward to read your experiences in exploring the state.

Rated 5 stars!!

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Thanks Lalu for an excellent TL covering Rajasthan. Winter is the best time to spend time covering Rajasthan though nights can be really cold. A very detailed plan covering good parts of the state.

This TL will definitely bring back memories of our trip to the state in Oct 2008. Looking forward to read your experiences in exploring the state.

Rated 5 stars!!

Thank you Fauji sir.
It's always nice to see 5 *


Nights were indeed cold, but that was a lot of fun after a hectic day
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Waited for the thread to get to few pages, finished all in one go. As usual Lalu at his best, lovely narration, wonderful pics taking us all with you on your vacation. Keep them coming.

Thanks once again for sharing.
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Waited for the thread to get to few pages, finished all in one go. As usual Lalu at his best, lovely narration, wonderful pics taking us all with you on your vacation. Keep them coming.

Thanks once again for sharing.
Thanks pypkmsrikanth for the kind words.
Been thinking for a while to make this log, since ladakh log is now over from my side I can dedicate time for this

Once I finish this there are a few more to be written
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Day 03
25th December 2011
Bikaner - Khichan - Jaisalmer

It's Christmas, It's Christmas, It's Christmas....
Santa Came, Santa Came, Santa Came....
I wake up to these high decible excited screams of the children. It seems Santa has indeed come and gifted them.

I go out of my room to the Christmas tree.

Kiddies checking out Santa's Christmas gifts
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Jr. PPG is very excited
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Sr. PPG too is excited, she can't believe her eyes!
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Santa had read their letters, and gifted them gifts of their choice. Kids were very happy and thanked Santa for his gifts.

You just have to believe in Santa, the key thing is BELIEVE

After the kids excitement level died down, we got back to our rooms.

Wifey and PPGs at our suite
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It was of two big rooms, a dressing room and bathroom. It was an absolute luxury

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Day 03
25th December 2011
Bikaner - Khichan - Jaisalmer

I took a stroll outside.

Karni Bhavan
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Reception
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It was Christmas Cake Time
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And a good spread of fruits for breakfast
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And some serious feedback time
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Day 03
25th December 2011
Bikaner - Khichan - Jaisalmer

After a leisurely breakfast we took some time for a photoshoot.

Christmas Tree and Kiddies
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Ladies busy clicking Kiddies
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Time to catch up some news!!
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Quick Gun Murugan
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One for the family album (I swear I am not that fat, it is all that winter clothing )
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Teen Deviyaan
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Getting Ready for the Photoshoot
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The Group Photo at Bikaner
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Day 03
25th December 2011
Bikaner - Khichan - Jaisalmer

By 10:00AM we said bye to the wonderful team at Hotel Karni Bhavan and moved on to do sight seeing of Bikaner and to drive all the way to Jaisalmer for the night.

Immediately outside the hotel, these guys catch my attention. I've lost my beloved doggy Dashy to a terminal Cancer. I am kind of attracted to all these wonderful creations of God.

Cute puppies
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We found a martyr's memorial
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Our Bus
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Camel - The Ship of the desert
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Some Memorial
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We reached the famous Junagarh Fort by 10:30AM
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Day 03
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Bikaner - Khichan - Jaisalmer


The history of Junagarh Fort is described here.
Junagarh Fort - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Junagarh Fort Panorama
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Some pictures from Junagarh Fort
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Some information for you
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The entry to the fort is with a guide, and as a 15 people batch. We waited for the crowd to build up.

A Rajasthani lady with the traditional White Bangles
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Sr. PPG waiting for the batch to be formed
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Some pictures of Vikram Vilas from Ganga Niwas side
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The batch was formed and we walked inside the fort
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He was our guide
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That is Fort Souveniour shop
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This is the first courtyard you will see when you enter
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The Dutch Glazed tiles on a window (Sur mandar)
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Enetring Karan Mahal
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Karan Mahal
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The Courtyard
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A Silver Door
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