A little dusty town with a striking palace
Wankaner is a dusty little town that specializes in the making of roof and floor tiles. Wankaner is lent distinction though by the Ranjit Vilas Palace that features pointed Gothic arches, Mughal domes and Rajasthani pavilions.
As the royal family still lives in the palace, guests are accommodated in the Royal Oasis, a few kilometers away. It is the perfect place if you want to be treated as a Maharaja and just want to relax.
Special Places to Stay in Wankaner
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Royal Oasis ($)
Located in lush green gardens, the summer palace of the Maharaja of Wankaner is a true Art Deco bungalow.
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Things to see and do in Wankaner
Ranjit Vilas Palace
The Ranjit Vilas Palace, built in 1907, has a large collection of game trophies which are displayed in the main drawing and dining rooms. Here it is worth seeing the Maharani's collection of vintage cars and native pure bred horses.
However it is the interiors of the palace that will make your jaw drop. The main salon, billiards room and dining hall are open to visitors and nearly every inch of their walls is covered in hunting trophies - from Indian lionesses to Kenyan rhinos and Alaskan bears.
Then there is also an ornate silver plated throne, native pure bred horses that roam the unkempt gardens, and a modest classic car collection.
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