The royal and exotic walled city of Bikaner is a part of the desert tourist triangle.
The royal and exotic walled city of Bikaner is a part of the desert tourist triangle. Like any other major cities in Rajasthan, Bikaner too has its own share of forts, palaces and havelis. The city was founded in 1486 as a link in the overland trading route. Spend some time in the city and explore ancient Jain Temples, Junagarh Fort and colorful markets displaying exquisite handcrafted items.
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
The imposing Junagarh Fort, defended by high walls and wide moat, is reputed as one the few forts in India that have remained unconquered till date. The decorative interiors and sculpted stones of the palace, temples and 37 pavilions are unparalleled in their architectural excellence. Opening on the main courtyard, the Karan Mahal, with gold-leaf painting adorning its pillars and walls, seems to welcome the guests with open arms.
Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
The sturdy Lalgarh Palace, built of red sandstone, presents a breathtaking example of the excellence of Oriental and European architectural styles. The palace was built during the reign of Ganga Singh. The intricate filigree work and latticework exhibit the excellence of craftsmanship. The Shri Sadul Museum in the palace displays some of the most ancient artifacts including well-preserved manuscripts, parchments and gold & silver plaques.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Bikaner
The museum offers a collection of royal costumes, weapons, ornaments, ancient statues and exquisite paintings, one of which depicts the signing of the Versatile Treaty by Ganga Singh. In addition to this, it also has collection of terracotta from the Gupta period.
Take a tour to the places that are located in close vicinity of Bikaner and have a memorable time. From Bikaner, you can take expeditions to the following places
Bhandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples
Camel Breeding Farms
Gajner Wild Life Sanctuary
Bikaner is connected to all the major Indian cities by train. Buses, taxis and other coaches are available from Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and all the other major cities.