Bikaner – Gajner
|About Bikaner||Bikaner in the Thar Desert is an amazing tourist place. Fantastic Forts, magnificent Palaces, unsual Temples, loaded Museums, interesting Wild life and Sand dunes in and around Bikaner will make you fall in love with this city of camels. This cultural, historical and glorious city has maintained the quintessence of Rajasthan in every part and parcel. When you are done with sightseeing, enjoy yummy food especially the popular snack – bhujiya of Bikaner and shop until your pocket allows.|
|Places to visit in Bikaner||
1. Junagarh Fort – This Fort is the major attraction of Bikaner. The Fort premises consist of several Palaces and Temples which are in remarkably preserved condition due to the dry weather of Bikaner. The magnificent fort is an exhibit of the love for art and architecture in medieval India. Stone carvings, frescos, paintings, glass work, lacquer work and other forms of art are well displayed all over the Fort. The major structures within the fort include Suraj Pole (Sun Gate), the Anup Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Rang Mahal, and Ganga Mahal. All these structure have some or the other specialty.
2. Lalgarh Palace – A fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles, this grand Palace is simply awesome in all terms. Each and every part of the Palace will leave you spell bound with its beauty. Grand architect, minute carvings, extraordinary courtyards, pavilions, lounges, halls all make the Palace more charming. The Palace is divided into 3 parts : heritage hotel (Laxmi Niwas Palace Hotel), museum (Sadul Singh Museum) and residence of descendents of the royal family.
3. Shri Laxminath Temple – Temple of Lord Vishnu and his better half Laxmi is amongst the oldest temples of Bikaner. Delicate artwork in the temple will interest you.
Sadul Singh Museum – Sadul Singh Museum is a part of the Lalgarh Palace. It showcases history of Rathore Royal Family of Bikaner, old photographs, ancient manuscripts, weapons and personal belongings of Maharajas.
4. Devi Kund (Royal Cenotaphs) – Devi Kund is the royal cremation sight. Cenotaphs (Chattris) are built in memory of rulers of the Bikaji Rathore Dynasty. These cenotaphs are finest architectural works in India. Older Chattris are built with red sand stone while new ones are built with marble. Intricate carvings on the Chattris depicting stories of Lord Krishna are simply fabulous.
5. Bhandasar and Sandeshwar Jain Temples – Built in 15th century, these Jain temples are exemplary works of art. They were built by two brothers and named after them. It is believed that 40000 kgs of ghee (butter oil) was used instead of water in laying the foundation of the Bhandasar Temple. Bhandasar temple structure is made from red sand stone and marble and is famed for its gold leaf painting, complex carvings, mirror work and structural design. Sandeshwar Temple is far famed for the marble statues of various tirthankars, minute carvings around the doors, columns and pillars.
6. Prachina Museum – In the vicinity of Junagarh Fort, Prachina Museum preserves and exhibits the cultural diversity of Bikaner. You can get an eye on the royal attire, paintings and pictures of former rulers of Bikaner, ritualism and religious accessories and other artifacts and antiques.
7. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum – This museum preserves the rich artifacts, sculptures, jade studded weapons and portrait of rulers. One can also see the terracotta wares that belonged to the Gupta period and coins and other objects of Indus Valley and Harappan Civilization. Lacquer work on wood, metal, stones, glass, and leather as well as on ostrich egg can also be seen here. Established on the occasion of Maharaja Ganga Singh completing 50 years of his rule in Bikaner, the museum is named after him.
8. Shiv Bari Temple – The major attraction of this Temple is the huge black stone idol of Lord Shiva along with the artistically done pavilions, columns and domes.
9. Fort Museum – Ganga Mahal in the Junagarh Fort has been converted into Fort Museum. The Museum exhibits Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts, miniature paintings, jewels, royal costumes, farmans (royal orders), portrait galleries, costumes, headgear and dresses of gods’ idols, enamelware, silver, palanquins, howdahs and war drums. The museum also displays armoury that consists of one of the assorted collection of post medieval arms.
10. Camel Research and Breeding Farm – This place is one of a kind in whole of Asia. Camels of different breed are reared and trained here. Open for visitors, a small museum and camel ride makes this the farm a worthy visit.
11. Rampuria Haveli – Rampuria Haveli is a cluster of Havelis constructed by Rampuria Family. Built with red sand stone, these Havelis display excellent artistic skills. The gold paintings, wood work and other artifacts in the interiors are very attractive.
12. Bhaironji Temple at Kodamdeshwar – Unlike other temples in India, this temple has no structures – no walls, pillars or even roof. Yet this temple is thronged with devotees especially during Bhadrapad Fair.
13. Ratan Bihariji Temple and Rasik Shiromani Temple – These temples built in mansion style are located in the Ratan Bihari Park. These temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu).
14. Nagnechiji Temple – Rao Bikaji (Founder of Bikaner) brought 14 emblems from Jodhpur including the idol of Nagnechi Maa. This idol of Goddess has 18 hands with different arms in each hand. Nagnechi Maa Is the Goddess of Rathore Dynasty.
15. Shri Ganga Singh Public Park and Zoo – A park with a small zoo with majorly domestic animals under display is a cool place to be visited with family. Kids would definitely love this place.
16. Tessitory Public Garden – Named after Dr. L. P. Tessitory (Italian Scholar), the garden is a great way to pass the evening. Tessitory is known for his contribution to Bardic Literature of this region. He worked and died in Bikaner.
1. Karni Mata Temple (Deshnok) – Dedicated to Karni Mata, this temple is one of a kind in India. Uniqueness of this temple is that hundreds of rats freely move around in the temple premises. These rats are considered auspicious. You will be considered lucky if you spot a white rat here.
2. Gajner Palace – Standing prestigiously on the banks of a lake, Gajner Palace is a jewel of Thar. This red sand stone Palace with superbly carved pillars, jharokas and chic interiors is magnetic. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary located in the surrounding makes the environment verdant. Used as a summer resort of the royals, a part of this bravura Palace has been converted into luxury hotel. One can also enjoy nature walk, solar boat ride and desert safari (on camel and jeep) near the Palace.
3. Gajner Sand Dunes – Enjoy playing in sand, camel ride and jeep safari at sand dunes at 4. Gajner. Dance, artistic performances and music make it a magical evening on the sand dunes.
4. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary – Once hunting ground of the royal family is now converted into Wildlife Sanctuary sheltering rich flora and fauna. Different species of animals (like Black Buck, Wild Boar, Neelgai) and birds can be spotted here. A safari in this Sanctuary can be a great adventure.
5. Kolayat – Around 50 Kms from Bikaner, Kolayat is a hindu pilgrimage. It is believed that Kapil Muni (Saint) was struck by the beauty of this place and meditated here for the redemption of mankind. There is a lake with 52 ghats and there are numerous temples on the ghats. A dip in the lake especially on the eve of Kartik Poornima is considered very auspicious.
6. Kalibanga – Kalibanga is excavation site where traces of pre-Harappan and Harappan civilization have been found. A wonderful place to visit for the keen archaeologists.
7. Katariasar Village – This place is a must visit on your trip to Bikaner to feel and live the rural life of Rajasthan. Situated around 45 Kms from Bikaner, this village will give you a lif time experience of the true village life of Rajasthan. A variety of desert flora and fauna can be witnessed here. Also enjoy walk on sand dunes and lovely desert sunset at the village.
|Best season to visit||August to April. Summers are too hot, so avoid|
|Shopping||1. Snacks (Bhujiya) of Bikaner is super tasty.
2. Kundan and Jadau jewellery both real and artificial.
3. Camel Leather Products
4. Carpets and Nokha Quilts
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Railway Station: Bikaner
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