Best things to do in Bikaner and sightseeing in Bikaner
Bikaner is said to be the most colourful of all the cities of Rajasthan. It is not as developed as the other touristy places and that's probably why it still holds the Rajasthani spirit in its true form and colour. A maze of narrow streets, fort walls and fine old Havelis outline this medieval city. The Karni Mata Temple is believed to be the holiest temple in all of the city. Thousands of rats, who are considered pious, flock and run about the temple and are protected, worshipped and even fed. Rajput art and architecture shines in all its glory in this desert city with forts, palaces and temples modelled with red and yellow sandstone. Most of the palaces, such as the Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lallgarh Palace have been turned into heritage hotels, where you may consider staying. Amongst all others, the colossal that stands out is the Junagarh Fort. The many palaces, temples in the premises are now preserved as museums and upholds the grandiose lifestyle of the past Maharanas. There are also a couple of notable Jain temples, the famous most being Jain Temple Bhandasar. Starting from Kalbeliya and Ghoomar dances to the taste and aroma of Dal Baati Churma, lehsun ki chutney and the sweetness of ghevar and halwa, from camel rides to sand dune camping, Bikaner is an array of experiences.
Junagarh Fort - Bikaner
This fort is in the Bikaner city of Rajasthan. This fort has a record of not being able to be conquered by anyone ever. It was built by the Rajput ruler Maharaja Rai Singh, who was an important official in the court of Emperor Akbar and was there till the reign of Jahangir. He is said to have headed a number of battles and received victory in hem. As a token of appreciation, the emperors would shower him with gifts in the form of revenues that he later used to build this magnificent palace complex. He also applied all the knowledge and taste that he had gathered during his journeys to other places. The palace complex is huge and has a number of palaces, buildings, temples, bastions, towers and domes. The main materials used for the building purpose are red sandstone and marble. What is the most remarkable are the intricate stone work on every inch of the complex and the range of variety used to complete the fort. The Suraj Pol was the main entrance gate and the others included the Chand Pol, Daulat Pol, Fateh Pol and others. The main palaces inside included the Chandra Mahal, Karan Mahal, Ful Mahal, Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal and others. There is also an old museum inside the fort complex.
The great courtyards and the painted apartments give a feel of Ancient India. The fort is as lavish as its interior. It is famous for its massive structure and architectural design.
Built in 1588 AD by Raja Raj Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar. This palace is made in red sandstone and marble which makes a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure. It’s a normal fort and more than fort I will call it a palace. Entry fee: 50INR for Indians and 300INR for foreigner How to Reach: Take auto Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr. Tips: Go in the Morning Facts: Don’t expect much.
Best time to visit
11:00 AM 2:00 PM
Things to do
Photography, Museum tour
10 AM - 4.30 PM ( Sunday closed)
Entry Fee, For Full Museum Rs 50/-, For Part Museum Rs 10/-, For Ordinary camera Rs 30/-, For Movie Camera Rs 100/-
Hotel Lalgarh Palace - Bikaner
Hotel Lalgarh Palace is a luxury three star hotel in Bikaner. Its well known for thier luxurious accomodation services.
It is built entirely of red sandstone and has been described as the finest example of Rajput architecture. The palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel and some royal families still reside in some parts of it. The museum inside has good artifacts that describes the life of the royal families.
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