Bikaner is a city in the far reaches of Rajasthan in northern India. The Maharaja of Bikaner was one of the more enlightened leaders of his time and was known to be very progressive, which may account for the city’s bustling nature.
His home has been turned into a lovely hotel. The city has a magnificece for in its center and is well worth a visit. Because of its relative isolation, Bikaner is not exactly on a routine tourist route. I enjoyed the city immensely and loved staying in the former home of the Maharaja.
Thanks to all who came to my recent Spring Open House. Here are some shots from the show
Let me say this right up front….I am not a beach person. But Ngapali Beach is my idea of paradise….It’s got everything natural beaches should and none of the claptrap you find at beaches in other parts of Asia and the Americas. No bars, no jet skies, no malls, no plazas, no prostitutes….
Just miles and miles of soft white sand, a few lovely hotels here and there, lots of palm trees, azure waters and peace and quiet. There is really nothing to do here, other than enjoy the natural beauty of the place, and every now and then, go for a wonderfully fresh, delicious and surprisingly cheap meal, either at your hotel or at one of the local restaurants located outside the hotels’ gates.
Things are changing, but not too fast. There used to be 6 flights a day….now there are about 15. Where there was never a stoplight…there is one now. It is remote enough that it does not attract crowds.
Check out the photos, and if you are so inclined, start planning your trip. If you need advice, you know who to ask…
While the country has certainly been welcoming more tourists than ever, if you get out of the major cities( specifically Yangon), life goes on as it always has. I can see big differences in some places, particularly in Bagan, but this is probably because the last time I was here was with my mother in 1985….when there were only 25,000 tourists a year! This year there will be more than one million. Bagan is still very much under developed, but there are nice new hotels and street lights and many more cars to say nothing of the hoards of tourists…
If you have not been yet, make your plans soon. Burma is looking to be the next Asian star….and you will want to come before that happens.
For the first time ever, I flew into Mandalay from Bangkok, which makes lots of sense if you are planning to spend time in upper Burma, including Bagan….
Enjoy the photos.
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!