Bikaner Introduction

Bikaner - lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country , the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Being near to Delhi, it had to withstand the worst of Mughal invasions during earlier times. The exotic camel safaris, its gorgeous forts and the worship of thousands of holy rats at Mata Kali temple are some of the most interesting aspects of Bikaner. The camel festival held in the month of January is also an event worth witnessing if one wants to get the actual color of the place. The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy.

Bikaner History

The City was founded in 1486 by Bika. Just like the history of the entire state, Bikaner also has its own glorious past to talk about. It's history date backs to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince Rao Bikaji established his kingdom here. It has faced many foreign intrusions and fought a number of wars with the Mughals and the British. Rao Jodhaji had fourteen sons but rao Bikaji was the most enterprising of them. Situated in the heart of the desert belt, Bikaner was always an inaccessible land. Before the advent of modern motor vehicles, the survival of the people of this region depended on the 'Ship of the desert' - the Camel. The camels of this region were famous for their endurance as well as their strength and beauty.

Tourist Attraction In Bikaner :-

Lallgarh Palace
About 3km north of the city centre, this red sandstone palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh and displays a magnificent blend of Oriental and European style. It includes a museum, displaying an excellent collection of old photographs and hunting trophies.

Jungarh Fort
The Fort was built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh and was established by later rulers.The Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is the main entrance to the fort. Inside the fort is a profusion of 37 palaces, temples and pavilions.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
It is situated 32kms from Bikaner on Jaisalmer road. It is considered as the prettiest place in the region, with a lake, a palace, wooded hills and gardens. The lake at Gajner attracts water birds in thousands.

How to Reach Bikaner

Air: Bikaner is well connected to the nearby towns and cities of importance. Nearest Airport is Jodhpur 240 kms. The airport is easily accessible by road.

Rail: Bikaner is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

Road: Bikaner to Delhi 949 km, Jaipur 316 km,Jodhpur 240 km & Jaisalmer 330 km

Best Season to Visit Bikaner

The Best season to visit Bikaner is from November To February.


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