Top 10 Places to Visit in Bikaner, nicknamed as the Camel Country is a district located in the northern region of Rajasthan having several tourist attractions. It has got sand dunes scattered from north-east to southern portions that add beauty to the spot, especially in the evenings.
It has got several forts, palaces, temples that are built of red sandstone. From world’s largest camel research and breeding farms to a unique temple dedicated to rats; Bikaner has it all!
The foundation of Bikaner traces back to 1488 when Rao Bikaji left the durbar of Rao Jodhaji (his father and founder of Jodhpur) after receiving an insensitive remark. When he reached Jangaldesh, he set up his own kingdom by transforming the place into a magnificent city.
An undefeated and unconquered stronghold that still stands tall and describes stories of the great past. The fort was called CHINTAMANI and was named JUNAGARH or OLD FORT. The fort was built under supervision o Karan Chand, the prime minister of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner. It is full of beautiful and interesting rooms and is totally immaculate, not something you always find.
Lalgarh Palace is a palace and heritage hotel in Bikaner. It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father. In twenty century the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace. It is one of the major forts in Rajasthan, the Lallgarh Palace has all the charm and splendor of a royal age that has long since gone.
Laxmi Niwas Palace:
Laxmi Niwas Palace is the part of Lalgarh palace. It is the best hotel in Bikaner and a very beautiful place. It is also built for Maharaja Ganga Singh to serve as his royal, built between 1898 & 1902 in an Indo-Saracenic style by the British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. The palace was arranged around two courtyards with the first and most impressive wing.
According to Aldous Huxley who is the writer and philosopher, Rampuria Haveli is the pride of Bikaner. The Haveli has been constructed during the 15th century by Balujee Chalva. The Haveli has been constructed by Dulmera red sandstones. The art of this Haveli is very beautiful and attractive. The prosperous and luxurious inward corridors and rooms are adorned and embellished with tasteful item d’art; top of the line scenes and representations and curios produced using fine wood which are few of the major and prominent attractions of the Rampuria Haveli.
Prachina Museum is the cultural center of Bikaner and situated near the Junagarh fort. The museum was established by Siddhi Kumari, the daughter of the late Maharaja Narendra Singhji. The museum has a collection of clothes furniture. It exhibits royal costumes, textiles, portraits. The museum is small but full of family artifacts. Clothing, furniture, china and crystal, household items. It offers a view of a different life.
Shivbari is a very calm and peaceful place of Bikaner. The temple was built by Maharaja Doongar Singh in the 9th century. It is one of the most beautiful temples of Bikaner. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also called Shri Laleshwar Mahadev Temple. The major attraction of this temple is the miniature idols that beautifully showcases the culture of Bikaner. The serene and calm environment around the temple adds to the aura of this grand temple.
Kodamdesar Bhairu Ji temple is a Hindu temple, situated at the kodamdesar village in Bikaner. The temple was built by Rao Bika Ji, the founder, and ruler of Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairon. As a result, many locals and people from far-fledged places visit here to pay their obeisance and worship and perform puja of Bhairuji God. There is a lot of calm and serene atmosphere here.
Bhandasar Jain Temple:
The Bhandasar Jain Temple is dedicated to Sumatinath, the fifth Tirthankara of Jainism. It is one of the oldest temples of Bikaner. It is also one of the popular temples of Bikaner. The temple was built in the 15th century and it was built of red sandstones and divided into three floors. Furthermore, it is believed that the temple was made with 40,000 kilograms of ghee. The grandeur of this three-storied temple is admirable and this should be on every traveler’s list.
Karni Mata Temple:
Karni Mata temple is a Hindu temple and dedicated to Karni Mata, it is situated at Deshnok. It is also known as the temple of rats. The temple is famous for white rats and given protection in the temple. It is also the oldest temple of Bikaner and there are various mysteries related to the temple. The temple is believed to be the abode of over 20000 rats. The visitors worship these rats and offer prasad to them for they are believed to be the sons of Karni Mata. Furthermore, the silver gate and intricate marble carvings of the temple add to its charm.
Gajner Palace is a heritage hotel, located on the shores of lake Gajner. This Palace was Build by Red stones. However, the Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh as a hunting lodge but later it was converted in the hotel in 1976. Above all, located on the banks of the Gajner Lake, Gajner Palace is an architectural treat for visitors. Also, the property also houses the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary that was a famous hunting ground of the royal family.