I made a special trip out to Bikaner when I heard of Jitu’s research into the critters of the Thar desert, and I was duly impressed by his knowledge of the local animals, plants, and ecology -- as well as related conservation topics. I highly recommend going on a camel tour arranged by him; if you don’t have a lot of time, however, at the very least I would try to arrange an afternoon jeep tour through the desert just outside of Bikaner guided by Jitu himself. This prelude to the camel ride turned out to be the highlight of the whole trip.
As far as the guest house itself, it’s a friendly, economical place to stay, but what impressed me most was Jitu’s candid, honest interactions with all the guests. Up front about his (very reasonable) fees for services offered (e.g., picking up bus tickets for you), I interacted with no other businessman in all of India that was this honest, helpful, and easy to deal with. He also gave very honest descriptions and warnings about the camel tour (e.g., what sorts of comforts to expect [and not to expect]), which I found extremely useful. Camel tours are not for everyone, and his accurate descriptions are very helpful for one deciding whether or not to commit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vinayak guest house is a peaceful guest house in Bikaner. It is located near Junargarh Fort in a quiet street. It provides rooms for all kind of travelers. There is a restaurant serving Indian and continental food. The management also organizes several tours in the Thar desert (ranging from jeep/camel safaris to village tours). Pick up from the bus station or train station can easily be arranged. Come and visit us and relax! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vinayak Guest House Hotel Bikaner