Bikaner is a princely city of Rajasthan attracting tourists from across the globe. It is an important tourist destination of the state with rich cultural heritage. Its palaces, forts, temples and Bhujiya (a spicy snack) are its famous attractions. This city was established in 1488 AD by Rao Bikaji and it also served as a trade route linking India with China and Central Asia.
Some of the famous attractions of Bikaner are
It is a major attraction of the city. Its glorious history boasts of the fact that nobody could ever conquer it. It was built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. This fortified fort is encircled with a moat which was built for defensive purposes. The fort was majestically built in Rajput, Mughal and Gujarati styles of architecture.
You can enter the fort from two gates namely Suraj Pol and Karan Pol. The fort has several attractions such as carvings, stone inlay works, wall painting, lacquer work, stucco, glass work and wooden ceiling. Also visit the stunning apartments like Karan Mahal, Moon Palace, Anup Mahal, Phool Mahal, Har Mandir and a museum.
Once the home of the raja-maharajas this palace is now a heritage hotel offering royal taste to tourists coming here. Its architecture is a perfect blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. Its interiors are beautifully decorated giving a feeling that one has come to the era of raja-maharajas. There is also a museum in its complex where you can treat your eyes with a variety of royal belongings.
It is a fascinating and unique attraction of Bikaner where people come from far and wide. Around 20,000 rats live in this temple and are treated like king. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, the incarnation of goddess Durga. According to the legend the goddess lived here in the 14th century. And it is believed that the souls of dead Charans, the devotees of the goddess reside in these rats. The temple also boasts of beautiful marble façade and huge silver doors.
For seeing the colorful sides of Bikaner participate in its camel festival which is held in January every year. The main highlights of the festival are dance, music, camel sports and traditional cuisine.
Camel Breeding Farm
It is another famous attraction of Bikaner where hundreds of camels are reared. This farm is engaged in research on camels. It is one of its kind institutes in India. It was founded by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) in July 1984.