Bikaner is the royal fortified city, it stands on a slightly raised ground,
and Bikaner is circumscribed by a 7 km long embattled wall with five
gates. The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy & style in
reddish-pink sandstone bears testimony to Bikaner's rich cultural heritage. Bikaner, more
popularly called the camel country is renowned for the best riding camels
in the world.
Tourist Attaraction :
Junagarh Fort: This fort was built
by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to
Lall Garh Palace:
The Lall Garh Palace is an architectural masterpiece made in red sandstone was built by Maharaja
Ganga Sing (1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh
between 1902 -1926.This magnificent palace is an example of pure Rajput
martial architecture. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, this great palace has
several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. The exotic palace has
magnificent pillars, richly carved fire mantles , Italian colonnades and
motif of lotus in full bloom, adding to the magic of this jewel of the
The Lall Garh palace has it's own museum and library (the fourth largest
in the world), clay pigeon trap and skeet shooting traps facilities at
adjoining ranges. Palace has wild peacocks spreading their feathers at
almost every step flowering rows of bougainvillea. Bikaner royal family
still lives in part of the palace. A portion of palace is now a hotel.
Timings: 10:00AM to 5:00PM on all weekdays except on Sunday
Entry Fee : Rs. 10./-
Gajner Palace was a summer resort of Bikaner Maharajas has often been
described as 'an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert'. Built by Maharaja
Ganga Singh ji of Bikaner, palace stands on the embankment of a lake .The
Gajner palace was used by Maharaja for grand shoots and lavish
entertainment. Royalty, both Indian as well as international, Viceroys and
other dignitaries have been entertained at this grand palace.
The architecture of Gajner palace is awesome. Built in red sandstone with
intricately carved pillars, jharokhas and screens , the craftsmanship here
is amazing. Palace is surrounded by beautiful wooded area, now a preserved
sanctuary which provides shelter to chinkaras , blackbucks, blue bull (neel
gai) and flocks of imperial sand grouse. A part of palace has been
transformed into hotel.
Daughter of present Maharaja Narendra Singh Ji recently (Oct, 2000) opened
a museum "PRACHINA". It is an endeavor to recreate the past and highlight
the pace of modernization activated with times and a representation of
regional museum as there was a lacuna of courtly tradition and craft
Museum in Bikaner.
"PRACHINA" is an effort to highlight the aristocratic patronage which
thrived and survived in Bikaner. This museum hopes to build and develop a
cultural center to revive the dying craft of Bikaner and amalgamate it to
Devi Kund Sagar (Cenotaphs) :
Devi Kund sagar is situated 8 km in the east of city. The members of
ruling family of Bikaner subsequent to Jet Singh, the great grandson of
Rao Bikaji, have been cremated here.There is also one cenotaph of a SATA
(male sati) of a ruler.The architecture of the cenotaphs is the prime
attraction of this place. Maharaja Surat Singh's Chhatri is built entirely
in white marble with spectacular Rajput paintings on its ceiling. Close by
is a Dargah of Rustal Ali Shah Peer which is held in high esteem by muslim
community and other people.
Shri Laxminath Temple:
Lakshmi Nath Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bikaner. This
temple was erected during the reign of Rao Lunkaran and boasts of the
superb archeological skills of artists and artisans . It was later
develpoed by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji. Statues of deities- Vishnu and Laxmi
- have all along received the unwavering devotion of countless people
through the last four and half centuries.
Bhandeshwar Jain Temple :
This temple is oldest existing structure in Bikaner. The beautiful temple
was erected near Laxminath temple in 1514A.D. by two brothers Bhandeshwar
and Sandheswar and named after them. This marvel piece of architecture is
dedicated to 23rd teerthankar "PARSVANATH JI".
This temple is Carved in red sand stone and white marble - its famous for
carvings ,wall paintings , structural beauty and artisticly designed
statues. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah: and their
gold leaf paintings are noteworthy.
Camel Breeding Farm:
This government-managed farm is unique and largest in Asia. There are
hundreds of camels here and the scenario in late afternoon is great when
camels come back from grazing. It's here that you can see what an
interesting animal the camel is. You can have some thick camel milk while
listening to a Raika or Rebari, a camel breeder's tribe telling you about
camels and camellore and how they are bred. The gamboling baby-camels make
a very enchanting sight.The British army had camel corps drawn from
Bikaner during WorldWar I.