Bikaner:A city - awesome and beautiful. It is situated on an elevated ground, surrounded by a seven-kilometer-long embattled wall marked by five gates. The Town is mainly famous for delicacies like Rasgullas ,Bhujias and Papads. It has become a big wool production centre, and has a unique Camel research farm. It is well connected by Rail/road to every part of India. This City is situated at north-central Rajasthan state, northwestern India. It lies 240 miles (386 km) west of Delhi.The city was the capital of the former princely state of Bikaner.
Main Tourist Places of Bikaner:-
1. Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
Deshnoke is perhaps the most famous for its Karni Mata Temple where rats are worshipped. This 600 year old temple is the subject of a famous legend and is an important pilgrimage site for many. The rats here are revered and draw many devotees from different parts of India. Many western tourists also heavily visit to observe the uniqueness of this temple. Navratri is an important festival celebrated here most devotees visit during this time.
2. Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort was constructed in the year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. It is believed that crocodiles were bred in the water moat surrounding the formidable fort. The construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The amazing architecture inside the fort inspires you. Some of the attractions inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.
Lalgarh Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902 in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji. The red sandstone construction is a stupendous example of the architectural brilliance of the past. Mughal, Rajput and European architectures blend excellently well. The massive lawns houses peacocks, which are a sight to watch when they dance. You could find library, cards room and billiards room among various other rooms. Lalgarh Palace is a feast to your eyes and architects’ delight. Most of the palace apart from the museum is not accessible to the public as this palace has been converted to a luxury hotel.
4. National Research Centre on Camel
A unique research centre devoted entirely to camels of over four breeds, National Research Centre on Camel is a must visit to observe camels in their best habitat. There are over 400 camels of over four breeds and they also include baby camels. Bikaner is well known for its camel population since the British, who used camels from Bikaner during WWI for their army. This is also a well known breeding ground for camels. Here you can enjoy food made from camel milk like ice creams, Shop for souvenirs and camel riding.
5. Shri Laxminath Temple
Established around 1526 by Maharaja Lunkaran of Bikaner, Shri Laxminath Temple is one of the oldest temples around Bikaner. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi who are considered to be the main deities of Bikaner. It is built from white marble and red sandstone from Jaisalmer and is also beautifully decorated with many beautiful paintings and sculptures. Also, the doorway has some intricate handiwork done in silver.