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“Fair Tourism” 5 of 5 stars
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Vinayak Guest House
Near Junagarh Fort, Bikaner 334001, India   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Bikaner B&B and Inns
Deutschland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fair Tourism”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I enjoyed my stay at this Guest House very much! It was like staying with good friends and also a good opportunity to relax. There is a small garden and it is very quiet. There are only a few rooms so it is impossible to be crowded. Jitu sets his priorities to fair tourism, which you can feel in this Guest House. The Safaris are very well planed and totally worth the money. The food you can get there is homemade and it's nice to sit there with the other guests and enjoy real indian food.
They also have a special family member, who is incredibly cute. His name is Duke and he is a little pug dog!
Vinayak Guest House is the place to stay in Bikaner.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Vinayak is a small, clean and well-run guesthouse situated close to the fort in the centre of town. The family were very welcoming and made us feel right at home. The spacious rooms are great value for money and are situated round a green courtyard which is the perfect setting to get to know fellow residents.

Vinayak is also the ideal place to organise a camel safari, and the highlight of our stay in Bikaner was an expedition led by the owner Jitu, a trained zoologist and lovely man, with fascinating insights into the desert flora and fauna. Highly recommended.

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Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

After a nightmare overnight bus journey from Jaipur, it was a pleasure to meet Jitu and his lovely family.

By his own admittance the rooms could do with a bit of a brush up but Jitu was so helpful and friendly we couldn't help but love our stay at the Vinayak.

We decided to take the one night Camel Safari which was brilliant. We'd suggest going with Jitu for the first leg of the trip as his interest and knowledge of local Eco issues and wildlife was fascinating.
Seeing the Camel convoy was one of the many stand out moments of our Indian trip.

The Safari itself was tiring but an experience not to be missed. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

The minute I arrived, I felt at home. I was very welcomed by the lady of the house.
It was like being adopted!
The hotel is in a quiet area and you hear the birds singing in the morning...
The rooms are very clean and good value for money.
The food offerred is also very yummy
The camel safari is nicely run especialy the bird watching tour. It was also a good may to make contact with the villagers in the desert.
At this price range it was the best place I stayed in during my trip in Rajasthan.
They have a small book case where you can read books about Indian birds and wildlife.

Room Tip: The chai tea is very nice!!
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

After reading so many positive reviews on tripadvior i decided to stay in Vinayak guest house Bikaner When I arrived there, I felt like my room hadn't been cleaned at all since the previous guests.The toilet was dirty and there were pieces of paper all over the floor and my bed was very hard and made it difficult to sleep in. fitu tried very hard to sell me overpriced a camel safari but I had to meet my friends in Jaisalmer so I didn't want to do camel safari in Bikaner so he was rude to me. I also met some tourist in guest house they were not happy to do camel safari in Bikaner.I Wouldn't stay here again or recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

I enjoyed our stay in Vinayak - rooms are basic but comfortable. The courtyard area is good for meeting people and the family are all very welcoming. We also did the Camel safari trip with Jitu, who gave great explanations about the wildlife in the area. The food was enjoyable and sleeping outside under the stars was a great experience!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

It's a cozy, simple place that connected us to Jitsu and his his lovely wife.

Going on a wildlife tour in the Thar Desert with Jitsu (he's working on his Ph.D. in reptiles and also knows a lot about everything else, including birds; we saw rare spotted owlets) and then taking a camel safari with his "camel boys," where we only saw a couple herding goats, was a highlight of my trip to India. Loved the non-commercial aspect of all it.

He was a wealth of information. He also recommended a couple of other birding areas I loved!!!!! Saw thousands of demoseille cranes from a rooftop - an experience I'll always remember!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vinayak Guest House

Address: Near Junagarh Fort, Bikaner 334001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Bikaner
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Bikaner
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vinayak Guesthouse is a small family home that has been welcoming travelers for a few years. It is run by a retired Indian Air Force Officer who now works with Urmul Trust, a local NGO, his wife, and their son, a zoology student Guest house is located near(just north of Junagarh fort of Bikaner ... more   less 
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