Bikaner is situated in the northern part of Rajasthan state. Bikaner is established in 1488A.D by Rathore Prince Rao Bikaji, son of King Rao Jodhaji of Jodhpur. Rao Bikaji chose a barren wilderness’Jangladesh’ and later transformed it in to a charming city called Bikaner. In the modern period Bikaner produced the most outstanding Ruler, namely Maharaja Ganga Singh who ruled for 56 years. His period has been described as the golden time of Bikaner. This desert city has a stark beauty which is totally unique. The wide-spread sand dunes, the moonlit glittering beauty and desert agility, the worth-seeing natural sites, the marvelous palaces and temples, wild life sanctuaries and archeological treasures all combine to make this city a place of lasting charm and permanent attraction.
Attractions And Palaces To Visit In Bikaner –
Junagarh Fort –
This impressive fort was constructed between 1589 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, sixth ruler of Bikaner and a General in the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar. The fort complex houses some magnificent palaces constructed in red sandstone and marble and visitors can feast their eyes on an attractive assortment of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. Junagarh fort Also has a museum which displays weapons and ornaments of the previous era. This is one of the oldest forts and was one of the few forts in India that was never defeated. Frescos and lacquer work all make this fort look very attractive. Karan Mahal, Phool Mahal, Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal are some major attractions here.
Lalgarh Palace –
This beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the early 20th century, in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. This magnificent palace is an example of pure Rajput martial, Islamic and European architecture. The palace has it’s own museum and library. The palace has now been converted into a Luxury hotel. The rich Rajputana architecture mixed with the tasteful interior décor attracts visitors here.
Laxmi Niwas Palace –
Laxmi Niwas Palace was the residence of the king of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh. This palace is built between 1898 and 1902 by British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. This structure displays an Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The palace was constructed using pink sandstone, brought from the stone quarries of Dulmera, boasting a brilliant palate to complement the intricate symmetrical structural design. The magnificent palace was named after the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity, and beauty, Laxmi. This palace is also converted in a luxury hotel.
Karni Mata Temple –
Karni Mata Temple is probably one of the most famous places to visit in Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, who the locals believe is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The Karni Mata Mandir in Bikaner is popular not for its location or architecture, but for being home to over 25,000 rats that inhabit and freely meander around the temple complex. This temple has rats worshiped. People from different corners of India and abroad come to witness this astounding spectacle and also bring milk, sweets and other offerings for these sacred beings. Out of all the rats, white rats are held specifically sacred as they are believed to be the incarnations of Karni Mata and her sons.
Camel Breeding Farm –
The National Research Centre on Camel is 8 kilometers from the city. This camel research and breeding centre is the only one of its kind in Asia. This center has about approximate 400 camels of 4 different breeds. Small museum and camel ride make this place particularly special for visitors.
Shopping In Bikaner –
Bikaner offers shopping experience with its rich treasure of bewitching jewellery, Sarees, Bangles, Camel Leather Mojari, Nokha Razai etc. The city is an ideal place for shopaholics and all the market streets are filled with numerous places.