Together with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Bikaner was one of the three famous desert Kingdoms of Rajasthan and flourished because of its perfect location on the overland caravan trade route to Central Asia and China. It was founded by Rao Bika in 1486, who was the ruler of Jodhpur at that time.
Bikaner provides beautiful tourist places to attract visitors, with its old walled town where camels stroll long past colorful stalls, its holy temples and magnificent palaces makes a must visit tourist destination.
How to reach Bikaner :
We can reach Bikaner via rail, road or by air. The closer airports are Jodhpur and Jaipur which are at distances of 252 km and 325 km respectively. Bikaner is well connected to Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, etc., with regular train services like Kalka and Chetak Express.Various local state buses and luxury AC buses are easily available for Bikaner.
Sightseeing Places in Bikaner, Rajasthan
Junagarh Fort : It was constructed between 1587 and 1593 by the ruler of Bikaner, Rai Singh. Junagarh Fort is preserved by a 986 m long sandstone wall with 37 bastions, a moat and, most importantly of all, by the forbidding expanse of the Thar Desert.
The fort of Junagarh has never been conquered by any rulers which tell its excellent state of preservation. Within the fort’s unembellished stone walls, there are around 37 decorated palaces, holy temples and beautiful pavilions, built by its successive rulers over the centuries, in a peaceful continuity of style.
Lalgarh Palace : It is an architectural masterpiece built in red sandstone. It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh. This beautiful palace is an example of perfect Rajput martial architecture. It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob.
This palace has several grand halls, fantastic lounges, cupolas and admirable pavilions. The fascinating palace has wonderful pillars, carved fire mantles, Italian colonnades and motif of lotus in full bloom, adding more beauty to the palace.
Gajner : Gajner is around 30 km from Bikaner, has a luxury hotel, and the Gajner National Park which is home to blackbucks, wild boars, desert foxes and a large number of migratory birds.
Camel Breeding Farm : The Camel Breeding Farm situated 9 km southeast of Bikaner, is one of best visited in the evening when the camels return from grazing. Gajner Palace is a summer resort of Bikaner Maharajas and is often considered as an exceptional jewel in the Thar Desert. It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh ji of Bikaner.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum : It was established in 1937 near the Lalgarh Palace on Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharaja Ganga Singh. This museum now controlled by the Government of Rajasthan. It was transferred to a new building in the Civil Lines in 1954.
Some important sections of museum are: Maharaja Ganga Singh Memorial,, Armoury, Miniature Paintings, Local Arts & Crafts, Sculpture, Terracotta and Bronzes, Folk Arts, Lithoprints of British Interpretation of the war of independence 1857.