Nestled in the north western corner of Rajasthan, Bikaner is dotted with myriad sand dunes. The city, which has undergone a complete makeover in the past few years, still retains the medieval grandeur of the Rajasthani culture. Commonly known as the ‘Camel Country’, the city of Bikaner is considered one of the best camel riding places in the world. It is no surprise that the city boasts of the largest camel research and breeding farm in the world. The camels are an integral part of the people’s lifestyle here. The rural residents of the district use camels for transportation as well as to draw water from the wells.
Bikaner is a must-visit place in the itinerary of every traveler headed to Rajasthan. Some of the attractions of Bikaner are discussed below:
This magnificent fort was erected by Raja Rai Singh, one of the luminaries from the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1593. The moat-bound fortress boasts of 37 palaces and pavilions. The popular pavilions of the Junagarh Fort are Phool Mahal, Karan Mahal and the Chandra Mahal. There’s a museum in the fort which houses exquisite antiques and amazing miniature paintings.
The majestic Lalgarh palace was built by the great Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in 1902. Constructed with red sandstone, this architectural wonder is the perfect example of grand Mughal architecture, blended with the European craftsmanship.
Bikaner has several havelis all around but the Jain Havel is the grandest of them all. These havelis once housed the affluent nobles of the state and are luxury mansions having sprawling courtyards.
If you are visiting Bikaner, your trip would be incomplete without a visit to this 15th century temple. It is one of the oldest shrines in Bikaner and it is adorned with gold leaf paintings, frescos and mirrorwork.
Apart from these popular tourist attractions, the camel research and breeding farm, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Gajner Palace and the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary are other popular destinations that are worth visiting.
Besides the majestic architecture, the Bikaneri food will sweep you off your feet. The city is hailed as the land of the sweets and snacks all over the country. Bikaner has a wide range of delicacies that are sure to appeal to every palate. Unlike other places in the world where desserts are eaten after the meal, in Bikaner, sweets are served and eaten as part of the main course meal. A typical Bikaneri thali usually has a couple of sweet items in the plate. Papads, aalu bhujiaya and rabdi are the signature food items of Bikaner. These delicacies are extremely popular among both the locals as well as the tourists who visit the place from all over the world.