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Bikaner - Chhoti Kashi OR handicrafts and leather articles OR Camel Country OR Bikaneri Bhujia

DISTANCE - 460 KM From Delhi, 321 KM From Jaipur, 243 KM From Jodhpur

By Air - Bikaner is well connected to the nearby towns and cities of importance. Jodhpur is the nearest airport. The airport is easily accessible by road.

By Rail - Bikaner has number of train links to connect it with the major cities of India.

By Road - It is also linked with the big and small cities of India by the national highways and other roadways. We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
This desert city of Rajasthan (India's north-western province) is an eye-catching site of well-fed camels and citadels. 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.

Just like the history of the entire state, Bikaner also has its own splendid past to talk about. It has examples of courage, motivation and happiness. It was in 1488 that a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji (a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji), established his kingdom here. It has faced many foreign intrusions and fought a number of wars with the Mughals and the British.
Junagarh Fort : One of the most alarming forts of India, Junagarh Fort has never been subjugated by its enemies. Built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Junagarh Fort is constructed on the plains, contrary to other forts of Rajasthan, normally built on hilltops. An immense structure encircled by a moat, it houses many beautiful palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure.

Lalgadh Palace : Built between 1902-1926 by Maharaja Ganga Singh, Lalgadh Palace is a beautiful red palace, displaying a perfect merge of Rajput and European architectural style. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect, the palace has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions with overhanging balconies and latticework. Now a luxury 5-star heritage hotel, it also houses the Shri Sadul Museum, displaying well-preserved photographs of the erstwhile maharajas, their personal belongings, wildlife trophies, and a carriage from the maharaja's royal train.

Camel Breeding Farms : Located just 8 km from the city, the Camel Breeding Farm is the largest and only of its kind in Asia. These farms produce the fastest riding camels in the world. Visitors can also enjoy a camel ride or a cup of camel's milk at the farms.

Fort Museum : Located inside the Junagarh Fort in one of the palaces, Ganga Mahal, the Fort Museum has a rich collection of antiques, weaponry, jade handle daggers, camel hide shields and inlaid handguns and camel guns. Photographs, miniatures, gold and silver jhulas, palkis and a First World War biplane are also on display.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum : This small museum is famous for its rich collection of ancient potteries. The museum also exhibits a fine collection of carpets, Bikaneri miniature paintings, armory and coins, and local arts.

The Gajner Palace and the wildlife sanctuary : It is 32 km from the main city, is also a place worth visiting. A large number of wild species are available like the nilgai, wild boar, chinkara, etc. This place was the summer resort of the former kings.

Kalibangan : It is an archeological site containing remains of the pre-Harappan and Harappan civilizations. This is a much-recommended site for historians and others who want to gain an insight of India's rich heritage.

Laxmi Niwas Palace : It was built in the year 1902 was designed by the renowned architect Sir. Swinton Jacob in the Indo Saracen style. The gracefully and delicate filigree and lattice works makes it a cynosure of all eyes and connoisseurs of art hailed it as one of the most picturesque palaces of the sub-continent is the crowning glory of the Princely Rajputana State. In the center a grand courtyard, bordered by rooms and commons on all sides, has been witness to celebrations of the men folk and the woman folk, ensconced behind stone Jharokhas that over looked the courtyard, partook discreetly in the cultural extravaganzas which were regularly held in honor of various dignitaries who visited The Laxmi Niwas Palace.

Sri Sadul Museum : It has long been considered that Bikaner had the largest collection of old photographs some of which were used by Naveen Patnaik in his book "The Desert Kingdom" which was very popular. The museum houses a vast array of old photographs albums and Miniature Paintings, Pieces of Armor and delicate Textiles, Citations, Medals and Trophies belonging to Maharaja Ganga Singhji and a comprehensive collection of photographs depicting the Target Shooting Careers of Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji and his daughter Princess Rajyashree Kumariji. Both father daughter were awarded the Arjun Award, which are now on display in the Museum.
Shiv Bari Temple (6 kms from Bikaner) : Fortified by a high wall the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maharaja Doongar Singh constructed it in the ninth century in the memory of his father Maharaj Lall Singhji. The temple has a beautiful wall panting of Nandi Bull facing the Shiva Lingam. This is located on the way to the camel town.

Devi Kund (8 kms from Bikaner) : The royal crematorium has several exquisite cenotaphs (Chhatris). Each Chhatri is dedicated to the memory of rulers of Bikaji dynasty and is situated on the exact place where they were cremated. The Chhatri of Maharaj Surat Singh is a fine example of architecture. The ceilings of the Chhatris displays some delicate Rajput paintings.

Deshnok Temple : Deshnok is a small village situated 32 km south from Bikaner city along the Jodhpur Road. It is connected by national highway and rail. It is a pilgrim centre of Karni Mata. Karni Mata, considered as an incarnation of Goddess Durga lived here in the fourteenth century and performed many miracles. Originally the village was called 'dus- nok' meaning ten corners as it was formed by taking ten corners of ten villages.

Bhandeswari Jain Temple : It is a fifteenth century temple and is the oldest monument of Bikaner. The temple is decorated with rich mirror work, frescoes and gold leaf paintings.

Mata Karni : The temple of Mata Karni and Goddess Durga is a must-visit place to experience the rare sight of rats being worshiped in thousands of numbers.
The ideal time to visit this place is from November to February. It has got extreme desert type of climate with high temperature difference and low rainfall. The best season to visit Bikaner between October and March. Also during any festival period its a real pleasure to visit this city.
Climate of Bikaner is very extreme i.e., it is either too hot or too cold. Since the city lies in a desert area it enjoys the desert like climate i.e., hot, dry and humid. Hence, it remains hot almost throughout the year except during the winter, when the nights are very cool.

Rainfall in Bikaner is very rare and even if it rains, the amount of waterfall recorded is very scanty. The average rainfall received is in between 26 to 44 centimeters. The rainy season lasts from July to September.
The Camel Festival, held in the month of January, is the most exciting festival. Competitions related to camels like camel races, milking, dancing, etc., make this festival even more interesting.

Kolayat Festival is the holy festival when the people take a dip in the holy water of the Kolayat Lake. It normally takes place on the full-moon night of the Hindu month Kartik (November).

Gangaur Festival, dedicated to Goddess Parvati, is an 18-day long spring festival celebrated during the month of April.
Foods of Bikaner consists of a wholesome palate of such dishes as pakodi, gatta ki sabji, khata, papad, mangodi and many others. Bikaner is a dry place hence most of the dishes of Bikaner come in dried version. However, buttermilk and butter are used in considerable amount in almost all the recipes of Bikaner.

Amber Restaurant, Harasar Haveli, Joshi, Chhotu Motu Joshi Sweet Shop, Lalgarh Palace Hotel, Annapurna etc are some of the most popular restaurants to feed at Bikaner.


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