Bikaner, a cultural paradise and a traveller’s refuge, is located in the midst of the Thar Desert. The dazzling city is one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, and it boasts of old-world charm, affluent havelis along with the bygone era of the Rajputs. Known for some of the world’s best riding camels, Bikaner is aptly nicknamed ‘Camel Country’. Moreover, one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British in World War 1 can also be seen in this desert city.
If you want to be bombarded by beautiful colours and delight in the rich culture of a place, this is the place to be. You can also become a part of its international camel festival that attracts tourists from all over the world. And when you are here, indulging in delicacies such as thandai and bhujias is a must. You can also shop for lovely lacquer items as souvenirs.
If you are a lover of camels, or a history, art, culture buff, travelling to Bikaner is definitely a good idea. I spent two days here and got to witness a myriad of places – everything ranging from forts to camel farms
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If you are someone who loves knowing about the rich Indian history or is simply smitten by the wonders of architecture, then Junagarh Fort is a must-visit for you. The palaces inside the fort, gardens, balconies, etc. all portray an exquisite architectural style that is influenced by different rulers and foreign ideas. A huge number of items belonging to 16 generations of rulers of Bikaner starting from the late 16th century are on display. An epitome of architectural brilliance, thousands of tourists are attracted by the stunning structures of the fort every year.
The fort is so gigantic in size that you may not be able to figure out the way to go ahead. So, try to stick to the guide (You don’t have to pay any extra money for that). He will meet you at the entrance and give you the tour of the fort along with telling you all the important facts. And if you want to roam around on your own, then you can do that as well.