The royal city of Bikaner is situated in the ethnic state of Rajasthan and is one of the chief tourism destinations of India. The pinnacle of desert beauty and a zenith in the cultural heritage, the city of Bikaner proposes an enchanting safari from the beginning to the end. The sunny days and the moonlit nights enhance the natural charm of this city which attracts a swarm of visitors all year round. The splendid city of Bikaner was founded by the famous Rajput Prince Rao Bika ji who was a successor of Rao Jodha Ji who was the founder of the city of Jodhpur. Rao Bika Ji was well known for his vivacity and dynamism and this is particularly evident in the architectural flavor of the city of Bikaner.
A gigantic expanse of undulated sand and heaving sand dunes, the city has as much natural beauty as historical and architectural opulence. The Acme of Bikaner is the palaces and forts which display the triumphs and lavishness of the valiant blood of the Rajputs. The temples of Bikaner are a synonym for peace, calmness and tranquility and this serenity rejuvenates and refreshes the souls who come here.
The wildlife of the place impresses you with the wide variety of beasts such as the black buck, the Chinkara, the Neel Gais (Blue Bull) and the Sand Grouse. The imperial lifestyle, the magnificent architecture, the rich history and the bustling markets, these ingredients blend together to make a mouthwatering delicacy which stays in the mind for years to come.
Why Visit Bikaner?
The Bikaner festival is dedicated to the Camel which is an indispensable part of the life in a desert. A panorama of colors and glitter enthralls the viewers and it feeds the adventurous spirits of the people coming here to enjoy this festival. The joyous and lively music of Rajasthan is peppy and attractive and same is true for the dance that is performed here. Many types of Camel competitions are held and serve as a form of entertainment for the onlookers.
The Thar Camel Safari and the Camel Research Center give you ample opportunities to see this humped animal from a closer distance. The essential element of the life in a desert, the camels form the main kind of adventure sports here namely the Camel ride. So, enjoy the Sandy expanse on the back of a camel and experience the Thar as never before.
The food of Bikaner is rich and splendid as the other facets of the city. The Bikaneri Bhujia is a mouthwatering snack which is famous all over the country. The famous Gatta Ki Sabzi will leave you licking your fingers and the traditional Ker Sangri is another star in the Bikaneri Cuisine. The famous delicacy of Rajasthan namely the Dal Bati and Churma crates Fans of Marwari food all over the world.
If you want to visit exotic locations in a warm and hospitable environment, then Bikaner is the perfect spot for you. The people of Bikaner are warm and welcoming and embrace all the visitors with utmost hospitality and respect. The colors and the cheers of the city will make you fall in love with it.
Built by Raja Raj Singh who was the sixth king of Bikaner, the fort is the prime attraction of Bikaner tourism. Raja Raj Singh was a fond traveler and traveled many places far and near. Therefore the design and the plan of the fort are planned very meticulously and that’s what makes it different and unique from all other forts of the city.
Camel Breeding Farm
As we all know, the Camel is the ship of the Desert, therefore this animal is of prime importance in the lives of the people of Rajasthan. The Camel Breeding Farm is located at Jorbeer which is 8 Kilometers away from Bikaner. The National Research Center on Camel has been established by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research.
Often called as ‘the incomparable jewel of the Thar’ the Gajner Place is one of the most lavish and exquisite palaces of the state. In earlier times, the palace was the summer resort for the Maharajas. The palace has been constructed with beautiful red sandstone and the jharokas and the pillars of the palace are outstanding.
Devi Kund Sagar
Devi Kund Sagar is the cremation place of the Bikaner maharajas. The Maharajas, their wives and other family members have been cremated here and the cenotaphs are a memory of the 22 Saties in the ruling family. There is also a cenotaph of one Sata which is the name given to a Male Sati (who died on the pyre of his wife).
Lakshmi Nath Temple
Lakshmi Nath Temple has a significant importance for the city of Bikaner because it is the oldest temple of this city. It is stated that the foundation of the city was laid from here in 1488 A.D. by Rao Bikaji. The idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu stand blessing the city with prosperity and happiness. Therefore, the temple is a sacred place of reverence for the natives as well as the visitors.