Bikaner has many things going for it. In the cusp of an interesting circuit that can weave around Jaipur, Shekhawati, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner is the fourth largest city of Rajasthan and one of the richest princely states of yore, a trading hub with indigenous initiatives like the vulture sanctuary and Camel breeding centre, a chequered and rich history, an enduring legacy of kings like HH Ganga Singh and HH Narendra Singh and now the domain of a charismatic princess. What it needed was a good flight connection and an outstanding hospitality experience - with Narendra Bhawan and a direct flight to Delhi - Bikaner is set to be a destination in itself.
There are several reasons we embrace a hotel into the RARE community. While it is not often that you see a large hotel group as a part of the RARE community, a compelling reason for Narendra Bhawan to be a part of the RARE list lies in its strategy. The group’s focus is to create a product that appeals in scale, concept, service and grandeur to the discerning Indian traveler and goes hand in hand with a sincere objective of establishing destinations on the tourism map of India. This holistic approach executed with insight and unrestrained creativity makes Narender Bhawan an iconic destination hotel that really enhances Bikaner’s appeal to the itinerant traveler.
The conceptualising team at Narendra Bhawan uses the life and times of HH Narendra Singhji, the late Maharajah Of Bikaner just as a novelist writing historical fiction. Picking up interesting anecdotes and real life incidences and weaving it together with creative inferences and generous imagination, Narendra Bhawan is a visual reference to what the life of a reclusive Maharajah may have been like. The Haveli where HH Narender Singhji lived, then is the canvas where hospitality and services are used to paint a concept to look inwards, since the location within a suburban residence does not have the advantage to inspire ‘awe’.
The rooms and suites at Narendra Bhawan are set in four floors, the last two looking into the Diwali Chowk - the central open-to-sky courtyard; has been built over the two floors of the original Haveli. An expansive outer verandah has been added in front, which doubles up as an open lounge with seating on either ends of an elaborate chinoiserie. The verandah leads out to small alcoves with high tables, fashioned into what was originally a ‘gaushala’. Little details surround you on arrival including music to suit the time of the day. Art Deco being an underlying theme to coincide with the era HH Narender Singh; the lounge displays small hints like stools, lamps, chairs etc. The walls are splashes of colour particularly framing gold and fabric swathes of ‘sung in silk’ by ‘Ekaaya’. Look out for collections placed strategically to display idols, the Maharaja’s personal objects like snuff boxes, manicure sets etc, old perfume bottles, ceramic dolls, crystal, silver hair brushes etc. Every space a myriad collection of compelling object d’art that you would want to stop and look.
Walking in from the verandah, guests are ushered into a exclusive lounge, seated and offered a signature drink. Set as a series of rooms - at once informal and intimate, this space has the feel of a lounge that family and friends would gather post dinner, a few niches for private tete-a-tere and a billiard table.
Pearls & Chiffon - the one signature restaurant of Narendra Bhawan, a tribute to the elegant royal ladies of Rajasthan is on the ground floor which leads from the Mad Hatter bake house and to a brightly lit buffet space. A couple of private dining spaces are also ensconced for a pre-booked, attentive table d’hôte dining experience. The other dining experiences include a terrace dining set out under the sky by the pool side.
The cuisine at Narendra Bhawan is multi- layered to include continental, Oriental, Indian and local Bikaneri menus. An important part of the Narendra Bhawan experience with menus variously curated for outdoor experiences like the ‘white night in the desert’ close to an erstwhile hunting precinct or the Museum dinner at the Lakshmi Niwas Palace; or in-house dinners like a Bikaner Skyline dinner on the terrace and an immensely enjoyable Literary feast at Pearls and Chiffon.
The rooms and suites at Narendra Bhawan are designed as timelines in the life of a prince and his journey to adulthood. Residence to Regiment, Indian to Republic are names of the categories of rooms and Suites. Ample imagination and detailing, use of local crafts and textiles add interesting elements to each room and leave guests smiling and curious.
Clinic is the spa, holistic in its offerings and aims to include emotional therapies, Bach remedies and Beamer techniques besides wraps and signature massages. Narendra Bhawan also curates several excursions to enliven Bikaner - monikered as ‘meditations’ by the dynamic Siddharth - the charming curator of the Narendra Bhawan experience. There is Art, history, cuisine, craft, heritage and conversations to immerse yourself.
It is obvious that the designers and curators had fun conceptualising the idea of Narendra Bhawan, a well trained team makes that essential elevation from concept to excellent execution and smaller details like smart jackets for uniforms, a chatty ‘genie-like’ team, where the king is the concept and concept is the king !!
Despite the price tag we had to pay for a night, we are very satisfied with our stay here. Beautiful place for a night in Bikaner, dinner was nice but the desserts even better! This place was once...
What a gorgeous place ! Excellent hospitality, excellent food , excellent rooms , beyond excellent property. Felt like we were living in a museum ????.. A fully equipped gym , a spa , a pool , good...
Opulent and interesting decor.Hallways a pleasure to meander in an inspect. Could have easily just hung around on the premises. Room spacious with comfortable rather than just functional seating...
Nearest Airport : Bikaner: 17 KM
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