Located within the picturesque walled city of Bikaner is Bhanwar Niwas, the grandest and the most magnificent of the famed havelis (mansions) belonging to an old and distinguished family of Bikaner -- the Rampurias.
Bhanwar Niwas is a tribute and testiminy to the skill and meticulous craftmanship of the artists and craftsmen of Bikaner. Completed in 1927 for Seth Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, heir to textile and real estate fortune, Bhanwar Niwas reflects the fashionable tastes of the 20's -- a taste for formal and well ordered luxury with modern conveniences of the time. The architecture of the haveli and its interiors is a fascinating blend of Indian and European styles.
After the death of Bhanwarji in 1947, the Rampuria family shifted to Kolkatta. Bhanwar Niwas and the lovely rooms within, witness to the pomp and glory of the bygone days, remained like mute sentinels.
It is now coverted into a small hotel of the Heritage category.
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