History of Bikaner
Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with
scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that
permeates the city lifestyle. More readily called the camel
country, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the
world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research
and breeading farm in the world. The ship of the desert is an
inseparable part of life here. A camel besides doing transportation
duties, also works on wells.
These are built on high plinths with slender minarets on each of the
four corners and can be noticed even from a distance. The history of
Bikaner dates back to 1488 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji founded
his kingdom. Bikaji was one the five sons of Rao Jodhaji the
illustrious founder of Jodhpur. But Rao Bikaji was the most
adventurous of them. It is said that an insensitive remark from his
father about his whispering in the Durbar provoked Bikaji to set up
his own kingdom towards the north of Jodhpur.
The barren wilderness called Jangladesh became his focus point and
he transformed it to an impressive city. He accomplished his task
with 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers, and established his
kingdom on 84 villages abandoned by the 'Shankhlas'. When Bikaji
died in 1504 his rule had extended to over 3000 villages.
Attractions in Bikaner
Camel Research Farm
Camel Research Farm (8 km): Spend a day with the indispensable
ship of the desert at their camel research and breeding centres
which is only one of its kinds in Asia.
The red sandstone Gajner Palace lies ensconced in the midst of
wooded grounds and is a delightful palatial home that has been
converted into a heritage hotel. Delicately carved columns, sculpted
pillars and Jharokha windows add to the quiet class of this heritage
palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.
Set on the banks of a serene lake the Gajner Palace is a glittering
jewel on the Bikaner crown. For years the Gajner Palace served as a
summer resort for the maharajas of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.
Celebrate royal Bikaner as you walk along lavishly carved stone
corridors, pavilions, stunning royal quarters, minarets, archways
and ornamented courtyards at the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner,
Rajasthan, India. Raja Rai Singh, a general in Emperor Akbar's army
built the Junagarh Fort that entices you into its network of
hallways, frescoed rooms and steep staircases.
The spectacular Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India is an
outstanding architectural marvel that enchants you with a magical
fusion Rajputana, European and Mughal building styles.
Stone crafted pillars, Italian colonnades, spacious lounges, regal
halls and profusely carved fire places at the imposing Lalgarh
Palace in Bikaner transport you back in time to an incomparably
lavish royal era. Thick walls covered with bougainvillea blossoms
compliment the ethnic red sandstone palatial Lalgarh Palace in
Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.
Karni Mata Temple
Karni Mata is the official deity of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.
According to local legends, faiths and beliefs, Karni Mata is the
goddesses who blessed Rao Bika and made it possible for him to
create a flourishing kingdom and a military bastion in the midst of
a waterless barren desert.
Situated at Deshnoke, a desert settlement, the Karni Mata Temple is
located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Bikaner, Rajasthan,
India. The local people staunchly believe that the souls of Karni
Mata's devotees become rats.
How to reach there...
lies 235 kms to North from Jodhpur, the nearest domestic
airport. Bikaner is also attached to all
major cities of India by rail. By road Bikaner lies between Mandawa
and Jodhpur and well connected with good network of roads.
Hotels in Bikaner
Mahal - Symbol of Love
Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.
This huge mausoleum mosque was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, a Persian princess
born as Arjuman Bano Begum but known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the
month of October-November and goes on for five long days till Kartik
Purnima. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair.
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