If you are planning for Rajasthan trip, then you must include ‘Bikaner’ in your list. Bikaner is one of the main tourist city of Rajasthan which lie in the Thar desert. This city is very well known for its namkeen (Bikaner Bhujia) and sweets (Bikaji Sweets). This desert city also famous for its popular fort and palaces. This is a historical city which was founded by Rao Bika in 1456. Due to its location in desert city become very hot in the summer and temperature reach beyond 48 degree. So, batter you plan your trip between October and March month.
There are some most notable attraction of Bikaner that can be explored in your trip.
Most important landmark of the city is Junagarh fort, it was built on plane unlike other fort of Rajasthan (mostly all are located on hill). This fort is quite large in size and still well maintained which was build before 450 years. Once it was the residence of royal family of Bikaner but now converted into a museum which displays the royal life style of that time. Museum is a must visit, even the chartered planes also there in the museum.
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Laxmi Niwas Palace
This palace was build by Maharaja Ganga Singh during the start of 20th century for residential purpose. This palace having a mix architecture of modern and old style, now it is converted into a luxury heritage hotel. The magnificent structure in red sand stone is one of the popular tourist spot.
Lalgarh Palace was made as an extension to the existing Laxmi Niwas Palace by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Now it is a residential place for Bikaner’s royal family. One part of which converted into museum and remains open to public with a little entry fee where one can see paintings, utensils, royal horse carts belong to the family.
This is a small state museum located in the mid of city, it is mostly dedicated to the life of Maharaja Ganga Singh. This museum display many life size paintings of Maharaja Ganga Singh, Skin of tiger hunted by him, armors and his royal clothes.
Camel research farm
It is a research center for camel about 25 km from the city. Here, you can see hundreds of camel of different breeds. A little museum dedicated to camels also there to provide information about different kind of camel. Small shops are also there selling purses, bags and sandals made of camel leather. You have to pay Rs. 35/- as entry fee and you also get chance to taste camel milk ice cream on the entry gate of farm.
This research farm is located in remote location, so you book your journey two way. In 300/- you can book an auto that will take you to the farm and will wait for an hour to take you back to the city.
This is a unique temple dedicated to Karni Mata, located 30 km away from the city. You will find thousands of rats in every corner of temple but people consider them holy and offer them milk. For some visitors it become equally adventurous along with religious.
How to reach
Bikaner itself has domestic air port, where daily flight between Bikaner and Jaipur is running. City is well connected with highway and train route. Network of Buses is very good in Rajasthan so you can easily reach nearby tourists city like Jaipur and Jaisalmer. For local transport auto rikshaw is easily available in the city.