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.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Bikaner is from October to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
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.
Bikaner Camel Safari Day Tours
Many agencies and tour operators in Bikaner offer camel safaris in the desert, which usually range from one to a few days. You can also opt for an overnight safari, where you halt at a camp in a village in the desert. A safari will cost you anywhere between Rs. 1500 to 2000 per day, per person. This will include the camel ride, stay, food and entertainment. A common itinerary consists of a short jeep ride to the camels, a camel expedition to the camp (along the way you will encounter majestic palaces and ancient temples) and an overnight halt with good food and some folk music. Click here for more information.
Hotel Lalgarh Palace
It’s a must see. But now it’s been converted into a hotel. As you enter from main gate take a left turn, you will see a museum. That museum is a must visit. Lalgarh, a red sand stone palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singhji in 1902 AD. It is entirely a hybrid architecture- a mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob. The amazing carving on red sandstone is a hallmark of great craftsmanship. Entry fee: 25INR for Indians and 50INR for foreigner How to Reach: Take auto Recommended Length of Visit: Max 30 minutes Tips: This museum is a must visit. Facts: The architecture can also be characterized as Indo- Saracenic style.