The perfect reflection of Rajasthani cultures and traditions, Bikaner is a city that fascinates the history lovers. The glorifying history, the enchanting past and the legendary stories of this city captivates the hearts of its travelers from all over the world. Considered as if ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been Bikaner.
Founded by Rao Bika Ji in 1488 AD, it is located in the north-west part of Rajasthan. Being one of the largest cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner was regarded as the oasis of the Thar Desert. Located in the middle of the Thar Desert, Bikaner houses one of the most alluring structures and architectures. With a great historic significance, Bikaner was before known as to be the Jungladesh until when Rao Bikaji, the son of Maharaja Rao Jodha picked the land and established his empire and converted the place to the Bikaner City. Ruled by many great rulers of Rathore clan, Bikaner is the home to several architectural marvels and splendid temples. Being home to one of the only two models of the biplane which were used by the British in World War I, these models served as a gift from British to Maharaja Ganga Singh who was then the ruler of the city. Being the home to plenty of great and brave rulers and empires, Bikaner has got a great deal of historic significance and all of these rulers and empires held a huge hand in multiplying the beauty of the city with some major and most magnificent architectures and constructions that are well preserved and very well maintained till today. Located in the middle of the Thar Desert, this beautiful city boasts some of the world’s best riding camels and its therefore nicknamed as the “Country of Camels”.
Bikaner and its Tourism For someone who is a history freak, Bikaner is the perfect location. Being the land to one of the most magnificent architectures and constructions, Bikaner captivates the hearts of the history lovers from all over the world. Apart from the history, Bikaner houses many other travel and tourism aspects that include the architecture, pilgrimage and of course the leisure. Being the land to plenty of tourist locations, Bikaner houses the best architectures for the history fascinators that include the Junagarh Fort, Gajner Palace, Prachina Museum, Rampuria Haveli, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Lal Garh Palace and Museum and Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. The Karni Mata Temple, another famous tourist place of Bikaner, known as the major pilgrimage and religious attraction of Bikaner. The other architectural that include the magnificent forts and mesmerizing palaces built with reddish-pink sand stone and marble, the adorned museums walls are very much alluring to the visitors. To retain its nick name, the famous Camel Festivals are held in Bikaner where phenomenal arrangements include the huge pomp and travelers from all over the world. Offering the mouth watering yummilicious food, Bikaner is again a hub of Food Lovers as well. The land is again known for its Bhujia and the Camel Milk Sweets. Providing an overall great experience of travelling, Bikaner is one of the prominent faces of the historic travelers.
Accessibility to Bikaner: Bikaner can be an easy reach yet Bikaner does not house any Airport of its own. The nearest airport to Bikaner is the Jodhpur Airport.
With a wide network of Indian Railway, Bikaner is again an easy reach from any part of the country. Rather one can use road as well.
Best time to Visit: Bikaner is a city that can be explored in any part of the year rather the suggested time period is October to March.
Stay in Bikaner: Bikaner hotels are well known for their hospitality for providing a comfortable stay in all budgets. The restaurants of Bikaner offers a grand variety of traditional cuisine.
One of the most prominent forts of Bikaner was constructed by the third ruler of Bikaner, Rai Singh between 1587 and 1593. Protected by 986meter long sandstone wall, the fort is comprised with 37 bastions, a moat and by the forbidding expanse of the Thar Desert. No wonder why this massive fort has never been conquered. Home to the 37 dazzling palaces and temples and pavilions, the beauty to the fort has been added by the rulers over centuries.
Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh for his father Maharaja Lal Singh in 1902. Constructed with red sandstone, the palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob with a perfect fusion of Rajputana, Islamic and European style of architectures. As the palace is now converted into a hotel and a museum, the museum houses the vintage photographs and wildlife trophies. With another site for travelers, Lal Garh Palace is also a home to the beautiful gardens that are open for exploration to its visitors.
Known as a residence to the population of Rats, this 600 years old Karni Mata Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. With a believe that Goddess Durga lived in this palace and plenty of miracles were performed during the 14th century, this temple is the most prominent face of the tourism of Bikaner. Housing more than 20,000 rats that roma around freely in the temple, devotees from all over the world visit here seeking the abundance of the blessings of Goddess Durga.
Constructed in 1975, National Research Center on Camel is the one of itself in Asia. Now-a-days, managed by the Government of India, this Camel Research Center houses an area over 200 acres of semi-arid land.
Considered to be as a gem, this magnificent palace was built by the king Ganga Singh in 1976. Located in the desert region of Rajasthan, this magnificent fort is spread across 6000acres and is blessed with the picturesque beauty of landscapes and architecture. Considered to be the haunted area in British Raj, it’s now divided into four wings that are known as the Dungar Niwas, Mandir Chowk, Gulab Niwas and Champa Niwas.
Now, as it is converted into an extremely luxurious hotel, the palace is still preserved in its own way. The hotel provides the royal experience to its visitors and offers the perfect fusion of royalty and Rajasthani culture. Activities of Bikaner: as per the point of interests of Bikaner, apart from just the Sightseeing Tour of Bikaner, one can opt for a Camel Ride Safari in Desert area; go for a finger licking Food Tour, attend some colorful festivals and don’t forget to get some Bikaneri Bhujia’s packets with you!
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