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Bikaneer

After leaving Bap you can either go north to the state capital of Jaipur, Bikaneer where there is a wonderful palace and in January a camel fair.

As an alternate route from Jaisalmer you may elect to go on the Jodhpur bypass to Rohet Garh, located in a charming village, and is one of the finest heritage hotels in Rajasthan.
This 350 year-old family Haveli is definitely worth a visit, for cooking classes and for horse back riding. The rooms are beautiful, beautiful rooms(ask for one overlooking the lake)

While staying at Rohet you should also visit Bishnoi Village and see local rug makers and potters plying their trade

Rawla Narlai is a 17th century “villa” with 30 exquisite rooms that have been renovated over the last decade. Some famous visitors have written in the guest book, including Mick Jagger.
The villa is built at the base of a mammoth granite rock, which houses caves and temples and is a wonderful walk, as is the walk through the town to the owner’s farm. The main attraction, however, is the hotel itself. Enjoy the pool and the stunning antique furnished alfesco rooms. (To spoil yourself, ask for a deluxe suite).

Deogarh Mahal is one of our very favourite places, this family run palace is a real treat.
The refurbished delux rooms are an attraction on their own.
The excellent food served on the rooftop is recommended, however if this is not available, make a point of asking to eat outside.
The Deogarh village is immaculate and a walk down to the lake is fabulous (monsoon permitting).
Picnics can be arranged on the owner’s other property, which is a wonderful drive through the hillsides and villages out to a lake where there is further accommodation available. This is a great opportunity to see buffalo, and numerous species of birdlife.

Devi Garh is a recommended stopover after Deogarh. Although located very close to Udiapur, even calling in for lunch en route will be worth it. The luxurious old palace, exquisitely restored, was the royal residence of the rulers of Delwara principality, from the mid-18th century until the mid-20th century.

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