Bikaner Tour

Junagarh Fort Bikaner

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Bikaner, Rajasthan

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Location: Rajasthan India

Founded By : Rao Bikaji

Tourist Attractions : Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace

Best Time to Visit : October to March

This Royal walled city is a part of the desert tourist triangle and lies onthe northern tip of the triangle. The city was founded in 1486 AD by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, hence the name Bikaner. Bikaji was son of Rao Jodhaji who had asked his son to establish a kingdom of his own. The challenge was accepted and Bikaji choose the wild country 'Jangaldesh' ashis territory and thus the city of Bikaner came into existence.

A seven-kilometres wall with five entrances was built to protect the city from vagaries of the desert and any external aggression. The city flourishedas an important trade centre between Gujarat seaports and West Asian countries. The unbroken line of descendants of Bikaji ruled Bikaner till India got Independence. Bikaner is known for good breed of riding camels, which are among the best in the world. The Camel Festival held every year is famous all over the globe. Bikaner has many magnificent buildings made of Reddish Pink sandstone that transcends the surrounding barren wilderness. Unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been able to preserve its traditionalaura of the medieval era, which makes a visitor come here year after year.
Junagarh Fort
One of the most imposing forts of northern India- Junagarh Fort- has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh.
Lalgarh Palace / Lallgarh Palace
The Lallgarh Palace named after Maharaj Lal Singh is an architectural marvel in red sandstone, dedicated by his loving son, Maharaja Ganga Singh. The palace has been tastefully designed and decorated with liberal help from the British designer Col Swinton Jacob.

Best part about the Palace is its unique blend of architecture which amalgamates the unique styles of the Rajputana, Islamic and European culture. Further, the architectural poetry has been adorned with exquisite latticework as well as filigree work.

The palace walls are replete with memories of past etchings, hunting trophies and some nostalgic life size paintings. Leisure and shooting facilities for trap and skeet shooting have been specially installed by the Maharaja for his visitors.

Note: The palace is open from 10am - 5pm daily except Sunday.
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
This small museum has a large collection of pre-Harappan, Gupta and Kushan pottery. The rich collection of pottery, carpets, paintings, armoury and coins make this museum one of the best in Rajasthan.

The Bikaneri miniatures, which are displayed in a sepetrate section for local arts, makes visit to the museum a must.

Note: The Museum is open from 10am-5pm daily except Fridays and Gazetted holidays.
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