Places to visit in Bikaner
In the historical cities of the state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner cannot be forgotten at all. Various historical monuments still reveal the story of great kings who love their land and also fought with great bravery. Their love for the art is standing still there in the form of various palaces, temples and other monuments. Here are some of the important places to visit while being on tour to Bikaner.
This beautiful city was established on a barren land of the desert by Rao Bika in the year 1488. As a wish of not to get the inherited kingdom or title this eldest son of Maharaja Rao Jodha built this city which was considered as one of the central states on the trade rout of central Asia and Gujarat coast. On the name of the founder king, only this city is known as Bikaner.
1. Lalgarh Palace and Museum:
This Museum is constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lal Singh. It was architecture by Sir Swinton Jacob and made a hybrid European and Islamic architecture. This palace cum museum is a majestic piece of architecture, and people from all over the world come to visit it. It is still well-maintained and hence offers a great look to the visitors.
2. Junagarh Fort:
It is one of the distinctive Fort which has a history of never being captured. It was constructed by Raja Rai Singh who is known to be one of the most distinctive generals of Emperor Akbar. The fort is made from marble and red stone. It has attractive balconies, windows, and courtyards which have a lot of history associated with them. If you are visiting Bikaner, this place must be on the top of your list.
3. Rampuria Haveli:
Rampuria Haveli is made of red sandstone and is beautifully clustered together to give a fine enchanted look. The haveli is decorated with flowers, leaves which gives it a beautiful appearance. The entire haveli is crafted in gold work and had drawing rooms that looked like those during the Mughal era. The Rampuria Haveli looks like a bit of Victorian fusion in design and carved wood with intricate work looks exquisite. The entire haveli is famous for its beauty all over the world and is a major tourist spot in Bikaner.
4. Laxmi Niwas Palace:
It was built in 1898 and 1902 by a British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. This palace was a residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh, King of Bikaner. This hotel was built by using a fusion of Indo- Saracenic architecture and is now made into a hotel. This hotel is an elite place to spend your holidays as it can offer some of the most memorable moments to the guests.
5. Ganga Government Museum:
This museum has a rich collection of arts and archeology from Gupta and Harappa period. It is known as the best museum in the state of Rajasthan. It is famous for its diverse collection of art, craft, paintings, pottery, coins, weapons and many more.
6. Karni Mata Temple:
This temple is made of stone and marble and has an image of Karni Mata inside where it is worshipped. Karni Mata is decorated with a tiara and surrounded by the picture of her sisters from either side. This temple is famous for its presence of rats what are known to roam freely inside the temple.
How to reach:
Bikaner is connected to the rest of India by air, rail, and road well. The nearest airport is Jodhpur which is 251 km away from Bikaner. There are many trains from northern India which one can board and reach this city. The roads are also good, and hence one can catch a state transport bus or move by car also.