At a distance of 37 km from Bikaner, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary in Bikaner is a natural haven on the banks of Lake Gajner near Gajner Palace. It is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan and one of the major places to visit in Bikaner.
Situated atop a small hill, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is an oasis and a reserve rich in flora and fauna with dense green forest cover. The sanctuary was earlier used as a hunting ground by Sri Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner. The sanctuary has a beautiful lake, which, apart from complementing the beauty, is used by the animals living here to quench their thirst. It is one of the proposed forests for cheetah reproduction in India.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary Bikaner Rajasthan
The interesting part of this sanctuary is the beautiful Gajner Palace which has now been converted into a heritage and luxury hotel. The Gajner Palace Hotel first used the Maharaja and his honored guests including Viceroys and other prominent figures who were invited for the annual sand grouse hunting activity.
Gajner’s the lake attracts thousands of water birds including Imperial Sand Grouse, Indian Hubara Bustards, Water Fowls, Demoiselle Cranes and other varieties of migratory birds. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to blackbuck, chinkara, antelope, wild boar, deer, wild birds, nilgai (blue bulls) and desert foxes that roam amidst lush gardens, wild forests and majestic castles.
The Gajner Palace Hotel regularly conducts jungle safaris in the sanctuary. The hotel has its own exclusive fleet of vehicles and all the jungle safaris are accompanied by a highly knowledgeable guide.