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WANKANER SIGHTSEING

 

LIKE SO MANY INDIAN PALACES, THE PALACE AT WANKANER (TEL(02828) 324), ABOUT 50 KM FROM RAJKOT, HAS BEEN PUT TO GOOD USE AS A PLACE TO STAY. THE DIFFRENCE BETWEEN THIS PLACE AND THE PALACE HOTELS OF RAJASTHAN IS THAT HERE GUESTS ARE ACCOMMODATED BY THE ROYAL FAMILY, AND THE PLACE IS MORE A PRIVATE GUEST HOUSE THAN A HOTEL. IT WAS BUILT IN 1907 AND IS AN AMAZING GRECO-ROMAN GOTHIC INDO SCOTTISH BARONIAL EXTRAVAGANCE TRAPPED IN A 60-YEA. AS THE ROYAL FAMILY STILL LIVE IN THE PALANCE,GUESTS ARE ACCOMMODATED A COUPLE OF KM AWAY IN A BUILDING KNOWN AS THE OASIS HOUSE, A WONDERFUL ART DECO BUILDING BUILT IN THE 1930S, COMPLETE WITH INDOOR SWIMMING POOL. WHILE HARDLY PALATIAL, THE ROOMS ARE VERY COMFORTABLE AND SPACIOUS, AND MEALS ARE TAKEN AT THE PALACE WITH THE FAMILY. ROOMS COST Rs.800/-PER PERSON, INCLUDING MEALS, SO IT'S DEFINITELY NOT A CHEAP PLACE TO STAY. RIGHT NEXT TO THE PALACE IS THE ROYAL GUEST HOUSE, A BUILDING ORIGINALLY BUILT BY THE BRITISH IN 1882 TO HOUSE THE RESIDENT THEY INSTALLED, WHO ADMINISTERED THE STATE FOR 17 YEARS UNTIL THE THEN MAHARAJA CAME OF AGE (HE WAS ONLY THREE WHEN HIS FATHER DIED).ACCOMMODATION IN THIS GUEST HOUSE IS Rs.1000/-PER PERSON, INCLUDING ALL MEALS.


WANKANER GETTING THERE & AWAY

 

THERE ARE REGULAR BUSES TO RAJKOT EVERY HALF HOUR, AND WANKANER JUNCTION IS ON THE MAIN RAILWAY LINE TO AHMEDABAD.


WANKANER SIGHTSEEING

 

THIS TOWN ON THE ROUTE FROM AHMEDABAD TO RAJKOT FEATHERS THE VERY OLD TEMPLE OF RANIK DEVI, WHO BECAME INVOLVED IN A DISPUTE BETWEEN LOCAL RULERS SIDH RAJA (WHO PLANNED TO MARY HER) AND RAO KHENGAR (WHO CARRIED HER OFF AND DID MARRY HER).WHEN SIDH RAJA DEFEATED RAO KHENGAR, SHE CHOSE SATI OVER DISHONOUR AND SIDH RAJA BUILT THE TEMPLE AS HER MEMORIAL.


WANKANER SIGHTSEEING

 

EVERY YEAR IN THE MONTH OF BHADRA (AROUND SEPTEMBER), THE TRINETESHWAR TEMPLE AT TARNETAR, 65 KM NORTH-EAST OF RAJKOT,HOSTS THE THREE-DAY TARNETAR FAIR. THERE'S MUCH SINGING AND DANCING, ALTHOUGH THE FAIR IS MOST WELL KNOWN FOR THE DIFFRENT CHHATRIS (UMBRELLAS) MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR INTO THE TANK HERE ONCE A YEAR.


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