Rajasthan is the land of the Thar Desert and in the middle of this desert, a flower can certainly bloom. In Rajasthan, that flower is Bikaner. Founded in the late 15th century, Bikaner has flourished recently to become a charming city and a vista to desert life. This vibrant city has a faintly outpost feel to it but is, however, filled with majestic palaces and beautiful temples crafted from the finest sandstone by the best architects that the Rajput civilization had to offer.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest airport to the city is the Jodhpur airport. It is only 235 kilometers away from the city.
By Rail :
Accessing Bikaner through rail is also a possible option for the tourists. You can easily reach Bikaner from Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.
By Road :
The lovely city is also well connected to other parts of the country by a wide network of roads. Large number of tourists also reaches Bikaner by traveling on road. Distance from major cities; New Delhi: 470 Km, Jaipur: 320 Km, Udaipur: 506 Km, Jodhpur: 243 Km, Jaisalmer: 332 Km
Counted among the most prominent forts in Northern India, the Junagarh Fort also holds the distinction of being unconquered. Prepare to be amazed by the imposing fort which once housed maharajas, who have left behind their mark on the fort. This grand fort is now a home to a myriad collection of some of the finest examples of Rajput architecture with courtyards, chhatris, towers, and balconies which come together to produce a stunning picaresque effect.
In the middle of the harsh endless desert, the Lalgarh Fort rises like a mirage masterpiece. It is however very real and very amazing. Crafted out of the red sandstone which gives the fort its name, the architectural splendor of the fort is due to the brilliant fusion of British, Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Camel Breeding Farm
A visit to a desert is incomplete without a ride on a camel. In the same way, a visit to Bikaner is incomplete without a visit to the Camel Breeding Farm. Apart from the enjoyment of camel rides, camel milk ice cream is available as a delicious treat.
Bhandasar Jain Temple
The oldest existing structure in the history of Bikaner is a richly adorned temple. The contrast between the red sandstone and the white marble makes the carvings stand out making an unforgettable sight.
Karni Mata Temple,(Deshnok)
Popularly known as the Temple Of Rats, the Mughal architecture serves as the home for nearly 20000 brown rats that are considered to be holy and are worshipped consequently. Also, you can ruminate yourself truly fortunate if you get to see a white mouse as it is considered auspicious. It is also known as Deshnok Karni Mata temple. The goddess is Durga believed to have phenomenal power.
The palace seems like a jewel in the middle of the dry Thar Desert. The red sandstone looks opulent amidst the green trees.
These havelis used to belong to rich merchants who loved to flaunt their wealth by building opulent homes. The Jain havelies are like a treatise in art, architecture and beauty with their marvelous and stunning features and carvings.