Top 5 Places to visit Bikaner is home to one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British during World War I. They were presented by the British to Maharaja Ganga Singh, then ruler of the city. Another unique aspect about Bikaner are the sand dunes that are scattered throughout the district, especially from the north-east down to the southern area. Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan. One of the earlier established cities, Bikaner still displays its ancient opulence through palaces and forts, built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. The city boasts of some of the world’s best riding camels and is aptly nicknamed ‘camel country’. It is also home to one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms; as well as being known for having its own unique temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnok, called the Rats Temple.
Junagarh Fort is an undefeated and unconquered fort that narrates the glorious past. Junagarh fort is one of the mesmerizing places to visit in Bikaner. The fort is known for its unique amalgamation of Mughal and Gujarati architecture. The Fort Museum at Junagarh Fort exhibits royal jewels and costumes alongside paintings of the royal family. The library showcases collections of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts.
Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata temple or the “temple of rats” is a very famous temple situated at Deshnoke which is 30 km away from Bikaner in Rajasthan, India.
The temple is famous all over India for having 20,000 black rats that lives in the temple and are revered. These rats are considered holy and are called as “kabbas”. Many people visit this temple from far off places just to pay their respect to these rats and get their desires as reality. The temple witnesses a huge number of visitors and curious tourists from all over India just owning to the presence of these “rats”.
The temple designed in Mughal style is a beautiful marble facade which consists of doors of solid silver built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Across the doorway, there are many more silver doors with panels that depict various legends of the goddess. The shrine of the goddess is placed in the inner sanctum. The temple was further decorated and beautified by the Hyderabad based jeweler Kundanlal Verma in the year 1999. The marble carvings and the silver rats are also donated by him to the temple.
At a distance of 34 km from Bikaner, Gajner Palace is a hunting lodge of Bikaner rulers situated on the banks of Gajner Lake, Bikaner. Situated in the middle of Thar Desert, Gajner Palace is among the top tourist places in Rajasthan and also one of the top places to visit in Bikaner.
The Gajner Palace was primarily built as a hunting resort during the days of the British Raj by erstwhile ruler of the Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji. The royal mansion has hosted several dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales in 1905, Governor General Lord Elgin, Lord Erwin in 1927 and also Lord Mountbatten when he was Viceroy of India. The Imperial Sand Grouse shooting at the Palace during the Christmas season was the most sought after invitation in the Indian social calendar.
Sprawls over 6000 acres, Gajner Palace is a heritage property which features a lush green garden. It was built in red sandstone and is a perfect illustration of craftsmanship.
Another structural wonder in Bikaner is Lalgarh Palace. This magnificent palace was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the new 20th century. The palace has now been transformed into a hotel and thus is an excellent place to spend your holiday. The extravagant Rajputana design blended with the elegant interior décor draws visitors here.
The palace also incorporates a museum that is located inside the Ganga Niwas. Here one can witness the miniature paintings that are linked to Bikaner school of art. There is also a library that has a large collection of Sanskrit Manuscripts printed on parchments, plaques of silver, copper and gold. The artifacts belonging to Harappan culture and Kushan and Gupta Age are also preserved here and this place is considered particularly one among the best places to visit in Bikaner.
National Research Centre on Camel
Now, this is a place in Bikaner, in fact in the whole of Rajasthan, which needs to be visited at least once. National Research Centre on Camel is more of a breeding nursery, which has about 230 camels of 3 distinct breeds. The on-site camel milk outlet offers samples to try as well as lassis.
The round trip, take you through the entire facility and teaches you the techniques which are implemented at the facility and the tour lasts for a half-hour. Small museum and camel ride make this place particularly special for visitors and this place is the best places to visit in Bikaner