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Bikaner, located in the northern part of Rajasthan, was founded by a Rao Bhikaji in 1488. Like Jaisalmer, this was also an important city on trade route during the medieval period. The city has high fortifications including a seven-kilometre long wall with five entrances encircling the city. The entire fortification was done in the 18th century. The city of Bikaner has had an eventful history. Its closeness to Delhi made it an easy target for the Mughal invasions time and again. As per legends, Rao Bhikaji sought the blessings of Goddess Karni at Deshnoke before embarking on his campaign. Karni Mata temple in Deshnoke thus became te deity of the ruling family. Today hundreds of pilgrims gather at the temple everyday to pray for the blessings of the Goddess, revered as an personification of Goddess Durga. Bikaner is also renowned for the having best riding camels in the world and is also the native land of the famous Bikaneri bhujia and namkeen (a salted snack made of lentils). Being located in the Thar Desert, the summers are very hot and winters are cool and tolerable.



Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

Junagarh Fort

The Junagarh Fort, built by Rai Singh in 1593, has a 986 mts extended wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. Situated at 700 feet above sea level, it can be seen from a distance towering over the city. The fort and its palaces are profusely ornamented with magnificent stone carvings.

Lalgarh Palace

Built in memory of his father by Maharaja Ganga Singh, the Lalgarh Palace is at 3 km from Bikaner city. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, is building is quite imposing with its overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Blooming bougainvillea and Peacocks welcome the visitor. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation has transformed a portion of this palace into a hotel.

Camel Research And Breeding Farm

8 kms from Bikaner, the governments Camel Research and Breeding Farm is the only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm breeds and trains camels.

Deshnok Temple

30 kms south of Bikaner, the village of Deshnoke has Mata Karni Temple. This 600-year-old temple is devoted to Karni Mata who is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The temple consider rats as sacred and worship them. One has to be very watchful while entering the inner sanctum, if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica can only compensate for the lost life.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum

The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, among the very best in Rajasthan, has on diplay one of the richest collections of terracotta ware, miniature paintings of Bikaner school, weapons, and coins dating back to Harappan civilization.

Shri Sadul Museum

A part of the Lalgarh Palace has a museum called the Sadul Museum.It covers the first floor of the palace. Some well-preserved old photographs and wildlife trophies have been housed here.

Fort Museum

The Ganga Mahal, Maharaja Ganga Singh’s contribution to Junagarh Fort, houses a Museum today. Built in the early 20th century this pink sandstone hall has walls carved with subtle tracery and scrollwork. From ivory-inlaid muskets to, jade-handled daggers an exotic collection of antique Rajput weaponry is displayed here.

 

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