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Bikaner


Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner, RajasthanBikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan draws large number of tourists for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces, havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival is also a major tourist attraction.


The city of Bikaner was coined in 1488 AD by the Rajput prince Rao Bikaji, a descendent of the Rao Jodhaji. Archeological excavations carried out in this region suggested that this place was colonized even prior to the Harappa period. Bikaner was a major trade center on the old caravan route linking Central Asia and North India with the Gujarat sea ports. Bikaner is more popularly called the Camel Country.


Tourist Attractions in Bikaner


Junagarh Fort

The Junagarh Fort was built by Rai Singh In the period of 1588-1593. It has a 986 m long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. It enormous structure is very prominent in the city and can be seen from a distance. Its most unusual feature is that it was built at ground level and not on high ground.  The major attractions within the fort contain the Anup Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Dungar Mahal, and Ganga Mahal.


Lalgarh Palace

The Lalgarh Palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father is an architectural brilliance in red sandstone. It is situated 3 kms north of Bikaner city. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, it has stunning latticework and filigree work in sandstone. The palace is quite entirely imposing with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework.


Temples

The temple of Karni Devi is the most significant one as it is dedicated to the family deity of the royal house of Bikaner.It was built in 16th century. These temples are distinct for their colourful murals and the profuse use of gold leaf and mirrors.

 

 

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