Places to visit in Bikaner

When you travel to Bikaner, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Bikaner, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Bikaner to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Bikaner things to do can include exploring Bikaner attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Junagarh fort was constructed by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner.He ruled from 1571 to 1612 AD. Raja Rai Singhji could organise the incomes of a Kingdom enlarged by the defeat of half Marwar and by the contribution of half Gujarat.  He used funds from Jodhpur and Western Deccan for building this massive fort. During his term, he travelled distances which gave him vision and great ideas about art and architecture.It is easily noticeable how precisely these ideas were unified in the architectural styles of his building in Junagarh fort.

One of the magnificent architectural works in red stone was built by Maharaja Ganga Sing (1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh between 1902 -1926.This delightful palace is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture. It has numerous grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. The exotic palace has splendid pillars, richly engraved fire mantles, Italian colonnades and motif of lotus in full bloom. All these attributes add to the magic of this jewel of the desert. The walls of the palaces bear meaningful carvings of the past vintage etchings, hunting trophies and old portraits.

This is the best summer resort of the Bikaner Maharajas. It has frequently been described as 'an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert'. The palace was used by the Maharaja for grand shoots and lavish entertainment. The Indian as well as international Viceroys and other dignitaries have been given great welcome at this outstanding palace.

The architectural designs of the Gajner palace is truly exceptional. This palace is built in red sandstone with tortuously carved pillars, jharokhas and screens.The craftsmanship of this palace is amazing and unique. The palace is surrounded by beautiful wooden structures, which is now a well-preserved sanctuary. It provides shelter to chink Aras, blackbucks, blue bull (neelgai) and flocks of imperial sand grouse. One of the parts of the palace has been transformed into a hotel.

Bikaner has its share of abundance in natural beauty. Your kids, accompanying you on the holiday, will love every bit of the trip. A must-visit place for kids includes the Devi Kund Sagar whichwhich is situated 8 km to the east of city. There is also a Camel Breeding Farm as the camel is one of the vital species of desert ecosystem. It reflects several adaptive devices that are most suited to desert life.

This is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner. Rao Bikaji laid the foundation stone in the year 1488 A.D. As it is a historical monument, it has a special identity in Bikaner. This temple was created during the reign of Rao Lunkaran and shows the superb archaeological skills of artists. It was later developed by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji. Sculptures of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi have received the unwavering devotion of countless people through the last four and half centuries.

This is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner and was created near Laxminath temple in 1514A.D. It was the idea of the two brothers,Sandheswar  and Bhandeshwar, who eventually built this divine Jain Temple. This beautiful piece of architecture is dedicated to the twenty third teerthankar, namely Parsvanath Ji. This temple is carved in red sand stone and white marble.It is famous for carvings,wall paintings, structural beauty and inventively designed sculptures. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah and their gold leaf paintings are remarkable.

This temple was built by DungarSinghji in the late 19th century. The temple is bounded by an embattlement fence. It has four-faced black marble Shiva sculpture and a bronze Nandi facing the Shiva-Lingam. Also there are two large reservoirs of water known as bawaris near the temple. This red sandstone temple attracts thousands of visitors during Shravan (February) particularly on Mondays

Ever since the foundation of Bikaner, the rulers of Bikaner had a prominent and magnificent role in the history of India.

To preserve the rich culture of Bikaner, Maharaja Narendra Singh Ji's present daughter opened a museum called Prachina, in October, 2000.Prachina is an effort to point out the aristocratic patronage which boomed and lasted in Bikaner. This museum thrives to create a cultural centre to recover the falling craft of Bikaner and combine it with the present life.

Gajner National park is a bird lover’s bliss, which also ports large flocks of Blackbuck, Nilgai, Wild Boar  and Chinkaras, and desert reptiles. During the day, train of antelope, gazelle and pigs can be seen arriving at the lake in search of water.

 

This Public Park has a fine little collection of pottery, massive paintings, stuffed tigers, carpets, costumes and weapons. There are also a few exceptional instances of Bikaner paintings which are renowned and have been awarded because of its fine quality.

 

There are plenty of things to do in Bikaner. You can visit Deshnoke temple, Kolayat temple, Ganjer Sanctuary, Kodemdesar, Camel safari and Kalibangam which are nearby Bikaner. These are also the most wonderful places that cannot be missed out when you are on a tour to Bikaner. Explore the divine world that this Bikaner tour would provide you with.

 

Bikaner has a plenty of natural beauty to offer its visitors with. If you love to be connected with a city that has a rich cultural heritage, you need to be in Bikaner without any second thoughts. The city is known for producing great warriors. The mines from this city prove that the evolution was at its peak here even before the Harappan civilization. Impressive palaces, forts and stunning temples with great architecture boast the finesse of the Rajput civilization. 

If you visit the tourist places in Bikaner once, you will be highly impressed and thrilled by the cultural richness of the city. The ancient city has not lost its association with the past and it preserves, until now, the magnificence of the past by keeping the ancient forts and monuments. This shows that the people of Bikanerhonour and value the history of the province. The marvellous buildings and the artwork are sure to amaze you during your stay. Do not forget to take rides on camels to do justice to your stay in thecountry of the camels. 

Sadul Singh Museum is one of the most famous landmarks in Bikaner. This museum is located on the first floor of the Lalgarh Palace. Other landmarks include the Jain Temple, Gajner Palace, Junagarh Fort and so on. There are many more landmarks that are spread across Bikaner waiting to be visited and marvelled at by the awestruck travellers and tourists.

Bikaneroffers its tourists with many entertaining activities. Let us see the best five activities which Bikaner has to offer to its tourists:

 

• Deshnoke Camel Safari Day Tours

• Bikaner Camel Safari Day Tours

• Thar Camel Safari

• Bikaner Magic - Private Day Tours

• Rao Bikaji Camel Safari - Day Tours

 

Bikaner has a number of exotic restaurants. Some of the popular ones include Laxmi Niwas Palace, Hang Around Zone, Gallops, Konark Restaurant and Food Court and so on.

When it comes to food in Bikaner, this city is a winner given the dishes prepared here. Some of the popular ones are the much loved Bikaneri Bhujia (a spicy snack made from moth dal, spices and edible oil), Aloo Bhujias, jaggery, pakodas and gattakisbazi are some the other lip-smacking items that you can eat. Wind up your meal with the soft Rasgulla or the wonderful Rasmalai and Kesar Cham Cham. The non-vegetarian items available here are quite tasty too. Spicy food lovers can try Jungle or Laal Mass.

 

This bar is in the Laxmi Niwas Palace hotel near Lalgarh complex

This bar is in the Karni Bhawan Palace hotel near Gandhi Nagar.

Shopping in Bikaner can be very interesting. You can pick up leather products that are made from camel hide. You can also buy slip-on shoes, popularly known as mojris. Carpet lovers can choose from camel or sheep wool. There are lots of other handicrafts that you can buy.Given its long history of trade, its markets overflow with bargains! 

The ruler of Bikaner followstherule of not letting their heritage to be used for commercial activity, and so no shops are permitted in the Fort. However, they have relaxed this policy for 'Abhivyakti', an interesting shop at the entrance of the Junagarh Fort run by the Urmul Trust, which has done genuine work for the authorization and uplift of rural communities.

 

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