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Bikaner is a very popular travel destination of north Indian state of Rajasthan. It is popularly known as the Camel city of Rajasthan. Bikaner is a true desert country and falls directly on the ancient caravan routes which linked west/central asia and North India with the seaports of Gujarat, making Bikaner a flourishing trade center in the medieval period.
This Kingdom was established by a Rathore Prince, Rao-Bhikaji- a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur in 1488 A.D. Bikaji, enterprising son of the Rao Jodhaji, founded a barren land known as Jangladesh and transformed it into an impressive city Bikaner after his name. Bikaner has lots of travel attractions for the sightseers. It is among the most visited travel destinations of Rajasthan. Travel attractions of Bikaner include forts, palaces, havelis and temples built during the medieval period.
Bikaner hosts the famous camel festival that is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and culture, Government of Rajasthan, India annually. The festival is held in the month of January and is an exclusive camel festival. In addition to sale and purchase of camels, the festival also endorse song and dance festival and other competitions. Many tourists from all over India and world travel to Bikaner to see the famous camel festival of Bikaner India.
- LOCATION: 330 Kms. from Jaipur (North West)
- BY ROAD: RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) buses connects Bikaner to major cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer.
- BY TRAIN: Bikaner is well connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai.
- AREA : 155 sq km
- BEST TIME TO VISIT : October to March
- LANGUAGES SPOKEN : Rajasthani, Hindi, English
- MAJOR ATTRACTIONS : Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Prachina Museum, Devi Kund Sagar (Cenotaphs), Shri Laxminath Temple, Bikaneri Havalis
PLACES TO VISIT
Bika Ki Teri
Built in 1485, the fort was constructed by Rao Bika. This fort is situated on the rocky ground, although the fort is not in good taste but definitely presents a reminder of the gallantry of its founder.
Built by Raja Rai Singh, the fort has 37 palaces with in the complex and is the most important Bikaner travel attraction. Pavalions Suraj pol or the Sun gate is the main entrance to the fort. Junagarh fort complex has several travel attractions which are worth visiting. Some of them are Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal and Karan Mahal. Built in red stone and marbles, the palace is ornamented with mirror work, carving and paintings. The palace has a museum that showcases the rare antiques, valuable miniature painting founded in Junagarh fort.
Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in commemoration of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The masterpiece is built in Red stone and has a beautiful lattice work and filigree work. Part of this palace is converted into a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum and a luxury hotel.