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royal fortified city with a timeless appeal . Lying in the north of
the desert state , the city is dotted with many sand dunes . Bikaner
retains the medieval splendour that
pervades the city’s lifestyle . More popularly called the
camel country , the city
is renowned for the best riding camels in the world . The ship of the
desert is an inseparable part of life here . Be it pulling heavy
carts transporting grains or working on wells , camels are the prime
helpers . The wells of Bikaner – an
important source of water are other attractions of the city .
These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each
of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance .
history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince , Rao Bikaji a
desendent his kingdom here
.Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the
most enterprising of them . Bikaji chose a barren
wilderness called , “Jangladesh” and transformed it to an
impressive city , called bikaner after the founder’s name .
Stratigic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes
that came from West /Central Asia . Made it a prime trade center in
the times of the Yore . Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground
and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five
gates . The magnificent forts and palaces , created with delicacy in
reddish –pink sandstone , bear testimony to its rich historical and
architectural legacy . Undulating lanes , colourful bazzars and
bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner and interesting experience .
of Tourist Interest
Built in 1593 A.D by
Raja Rai Singh , a general in the army of Emperor Akbar , the
fort is a formidable structure
encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces , made in red
sandstone and marble , make a picturesque ensemble of
courtyards , balconies , kiosks and windows dotted all over
the structure .
Suraj Pol or Sun Gate :- It
is the main entrance to the fort . Among the notable of these palaces
are the exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace with
marvelous paintings ,
mirrors and carved marble panels
and the Phool Mahal or Flower Palace ornate with glass and Mirror
work. Other palaces worth visiting the anup Mahal , Karan Mahal ,
Dungar Niwas , Ganga Niwas , Gaj Mandir and Rang Mahal , Gigantic
columns , arches and graceful screens adorn the palaces
from with in . the Har Mandir is the majestic
chapel for the royal family for wordhipping their
gods and goddesses .
Garh Palace :- The
in red sandstone , the palace was built
by maharaja Ganga Sinh in the memory of his father Maharaja
Lal Singh , The Palace has beautiful latticework
and filigree work , Sprawling lawns with blooming
bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual
treat . Part of the Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and
a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum . The
museum covers the
entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old
photographs and trophies of wildlife .
Jain Temple :- ( 5 km )
Beautiful 16th Century A.D Jain Temple
dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara , Parsavnathji .
Research Farm :- ( 8 km )
Spend a day with the indispensable ship of the desert at their
camel research and breeding center – one of its kind in Asia . The
Farm extends over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the
central Government . The Camel crops of Bikaner were
a famous fighting force during the “ Raj” and are still an
important part of the desert warefare and defence through the border
Security Force ( BSF ) .
Kund :- (
8 km ) A royal
crematorium with several ornamented cenotaphs or ‘chhatris ‘
built in the memory of the Bika
dynasty rulers . Maharaja Suraj Singh’s chattri is the most
impressive of all , created
entirely in white
marble with spectacular Rajput
Paintings on the ceiling .
Wild Life Sanctuary :- (
32 km ) the Kush foliage of woods on the Jaisalmer road are a haven
to nilgai , chinkara black bick , wild boar and flocks of imperial
sad grouse . The Gajner Palace , a summer retreat of the kings ,
stands on the bank of the lake and has been converted into a hotel .
Bari Temple :- (
06 km ) built by Doongar Singh ji in the late 19th century
,The temple in surrounded by an embattlement wall . it has beautiful
paintings and bronze Nandi facing the
Shiva Lingam .
Karni Mata Temple :- (
30 km ) the famous 600 year old temple on the Jodhpur road deicated
to Karni Mata , an incarnation of Godess Durga , The temple has huge
intricately carved silver gates which were donated by Maharaja Ganga
The Most interesting thing about the temple are the rats who scamper freely with in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple . They are regarded as sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men .
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