Bikaner is yet another royal city of Rajasthan which has timeless appeal. It is also well-known for its variety of riding camels, hence rightly named as the camel country. The strategic location of this city is on the ancient routes that came from Asia, making it the hub of trade in the ancient times. Bikaner holds a medieval style that dominates most of its life style. Alike Jaisalmer, this city held its importance in the medieval ages. High fortifications, including a 7 kilometer long wall encircle all five entrances to the city. Bikaner tour will stumble upon the eventful history connected to its past.
The city is located in the northern part of Rajasthan, founded by the Rathore prince Rao Bhikaji in 1488. This was initially a jungle land called Jangladesh, and it was named Bikaner, after the prince’s name himself.
Rao Bhikaji sought blessings of Goddess Karni Mata at Deshnoke before embarking upon his campaign, thus making this goddess the deity of the ruling family or the Kul Devi. It is also the origin of the Bikaniri Bhujia, the famous Indian snack.
2. Best time to visit Bikaner:
Being located in the Thar Desert, the climate is extensively hot and unbearable. In winters days and nights may be extremely cold and days are very hot in summers but the nights are quiet cool. So plan trip to Bikaner when temperature is moderate. The best time to visit Bikaner is November to February, the cooler months.
3. Facts and Figures:
The area of the city is about 165.75 sq.km and holds population of about 4, 16,289. It is situates 237 m above the sea level. The city speaks and comprehends languages like Hindi, English and Rajasthani.
4. Places to stay:
Bikaner offers both luxury and budget stay options to the visitors. Hotels and resorts provide all the modern amenities soaked in typical amiable Rajasthani hospitality. Comfort and elegance of bygone era are experienced in 3-star, deluxe, budget and palace hotels. The pre-booking for these hotels can be done online to avoid any hassles.
5. Tourist Attractions around Bikaner:
You can visit the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary which is located 32 km away from Bikaner that is inhabited by fauna such as nilgai, wild boar, chinkara and sand grouse that migrate in every winter. At the Devi Kund, 8 kms east of Bikaner, there are ornamented cenotaphs or chhatris. Various Rajasthan tour packages available include Bikaner as an important destination. The bookings for them can be done online without any hassle on Maharajatrails.com.
Bikaner has many things for taste buds, and dressing. It will bless you with camel hide, camel and woolen carpets, leather product and wood. The birthplace of Bikaneri Bhujia is also famous for Rasgulla, and sweets as its main attractions. Shopping areas include Kote Gate, King Edward Memorial Road, Station Road, etc. Come to Bikaner to have the experience of a life time.
7. Tourist Attractions in Bikaner:
The city has to offer an exotic camel ride; that is the most indifferent activity to do in Bikaner.
The majestic forts and the Karni Mata temple are other places of attraction. Among the forts you can visit Junagarh Fort, built by raja Rai Singh, in 1598, who also served Emperor Akbar. The fort is made of red sand stone and is encircled by a moat around which the modern city of Bikaner lies. The art and architecture is at its brilliance and the delicate patterns of the screens, kiosks, pavilions, and series of arched entrances will leave you spellbound. Other interesting places of visit in Bikaner are Gajner Palace, and Lalgarh Palace.
The Lalgarh Palace is an architectural masterpiece in red sandstone and it was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father. The palace has extraordinary and recommendable lattice work and filigree work. Large lawns with bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a worthwhile treat. Part of this has been converted into a luxury hotel and museum.
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