Founded in 1488, Bikaner is a desert built on an elevation and surrounded by
a long embattled wall pierced by five gates. Lying at the northern tip of
the famous triangle of the desert cities, Bikaner is a beautiful medieval
town. Its location on the ancient caravan routes, which linked Central Asia
and North India with the Gujarat seaports, made Bikaner a bustling trade
center in the times of yore.
Bikaner's forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and
yellow sandstone, which are living manifestations of its rich historical and
architectural legacy. Magnificent Bikaner fort was built between 1588 &
1593 by Raja Raj Singh. The fort in Bikaner is one of India's best preserved
palaces, richly decorated with gold leaf and lacquer, mother-of-pearl, wall
paintings. Replete with decorative glassware and the highly characteristic
Rajasthani royal furniture, many of it's decorative schemes are inspired
from Rajsthani folklore and folk design.
In the traditional colorful bazzars of Bikaner, one can easily find the
riding camels. They help the people of Bikamer in many works, such as
transport grain, pull heavy carts, work the wells because water lies
sometimes 122 meters below the surface. Bikaner has successfully preserved
its tradition of holding the camel festival, which is a spectacular event of
camel performances including races, dances, acrobatics and milking.
Places to visit
Built in 15th century, the imposing Junagarh Fort is encircled by a moat and
has some beautiful palaces within. Visit the fort and experience its
splendor by yourself.
Lal Garh Palace
The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone is sure to leave you
spellbound. It has a museum that houses well-preserved trophies and old
photographs. This is a one of the famous forts and palaces in Rajasthan.
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
Visit the museum and sample the richness of the culture of Rajasthan. It
has the richest collections of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings
and splendid masterpieces of Harappan civilization.
Grand processions of the deities accompanied by dancing women are a treat
to the eyes.
Bhandasar Jain Temple
Explore the oldest surviving monuments that are adorned with intricate
mirror work and gold leaf paintings.
Camel Research Farm
Spend some time with the ship of desert at camel research farm- one of its
kind in the whole world.