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Where Heritage Meets Luxury: Narendra Bhawan, a boutique hotel from The MRS Group
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“The royalty of a gracious heart far outshines the bloodline of a noble birth."
— Matshona Dhliwayo
Dear Postcard Travellers,
This week, we journey to Bikaner, a city on the cusp of the hauntingly beautiful Thar desert in northern Rajasthan. Opulent palaces, forts and temples await as you explore Bikaner’s rich royal heritage.
Beyond the city, the undulating dunes of the Thar Desert beckon for camel safaris by day and star-spangled skies at night.
After your adventures, you’ll rest your head on the plump pillows at Narendra Bhawan, a jewel within The MRS Group's sumptuous collection of hotels.
As you step into Narendra Bhawan, you'll be transported to a world where the past meets the present, echoing the evolution of its former resident, the last Maharaja of Bikaner.
Join us on this exploration of history, heritage and heartfelt hospitality at Narendra Bhawan.
Editor, Postcard Travel Club
This Week’s Featured Partner: The MRS Group
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The extraordinary hotels in The MRS Group are not just places to stay, they are gateways to unique landscapes, people and stories.
The MRS Group prides itself on creating intimate connections between you and the worlds they cherish, guiding you on extraordinary journeys through time and space.
Nurturing precious landscapes by harvesting rainwater and planting forests, empowering local communities and fostering responsible tourism are the hallmarks of this luxury boutique collection.
The Last Maharaja
Narendra Bhawan Bikaner tells a compelling tale rooted in the life of the last Maharaja of Bikaner, His Highness Narendra Singhji.
Born during a period of historic transition in India, he defied the traditional expectations of his royal lineage. Instead, he forged a rebellious path, creating a residence that mirrored his evolution — from royal beginnings to becoming a global citizen, and ultimately, an advocate of freedom who embraced the vision of a modern, democratic India.
Today, you can feel the story of this remarkable journey echoing from the ochre walls of this extraordinary design hotel. The ornate jharokhas and intricately carved details evoke the opulence of the maharajas, and the cutting edge design reflects a contemporary sensibility.
With every step, you'll feel a natural grace enveloping you, a sense of relaxation, luxury and peace.
Witness the Historic Treasures of Bikaner
During your stay at Narendra Bhawan, embark on a royal journey through Bikaner's historic treasures, where history whispers from every stone.
Begin your sightseeing at the Karni Mata Temple, a sacred shrine dedicated to Mata Karni, where legends of rat reincarnations come to life. Then, delve into the intricate artistry of the Bhandeshwari Jain Temple, adorned with mesmerizing wall paintings and mirror work.
Continue your sightseeing at the serene Devi Kund Sagar, then visit the Shri Laxminath Temple, a majestic tribute to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, where silver embellishments shimmer in the sunlight during vibrant festivals. Next, unravel the mysteries of Junagarh Fort, a historic marvel showcasing architectural prowess and a treasure trove of royal artifacts.
Finally, conclude your journey at the Sadul Singh Museum. Nestled within the grandeur of Lalgarh Palace, the museum displays rare treasures and Georgian paintings that pay homage to Bikaner's great kings.
Rest Your Head in Rooms Fit for a Prince
After your adventures, rest your head in one of Narendra Bhawan’s exquisite guest rooms.
Perhaps you'll choose the Prince Room, where the young maharaja personally styled his accommodations to mirror his attraction to a Western lifestyle.
Adorned with sumptuous velvets, traditional English prints, sparkling mirrors and intricate mosaics, these rooms radiate a youthful vibrancy, and the plush appointments ensure you’ll awake feeling rested, refreshed and ready for your day.
Soothe Your Spirit: Wellness at Narendra Bhawan
During your visit to this royal desert outpost, self-care takes center stage. This tranquil oasis invites you to nurture your wellness with innovative spa therapies that soothe your mind, body and soul.
Drawing inspiration from Bach Flower Therapy, the holistic treatments harness the healing powers of nature to restore balance and foster harmony.
More Boutique Magic from The MRS Group
After your sojourn at this exceptional property, extend your stay at one of the other exceptional properties in The MRS Group’s carefully curated portfolio.
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