Bikaner was founded by Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji in 1486. Bikaji was one of the five sons of Rao Jodhaji, founder of Jodhpur. Bikaner is also known as Camel Country.
Located in the northern region of Rajasthan amidst the Thar Desert, Bikaner is a "cultural paradise and a traveler's haven". Bikaner with its magnificence in architecture, art and culture, is filled with color, festivity and cultural treat. The city will mesmerize you with the camels strolling on the beautiful sand dunes, its ancient palaces and forts. Rightly called as one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan, the dazzling city boasts of a quaint charm, opulent Havelis, which depict a proud bygone era of the Rajputs.
The Junagarh Fort of Bikaner is a magnificent structure around which the city of Bikaner grew up. The foundation of the Junagarh fort was laid down in 1478 CE by Rao Bikaji. However, it existed just as a stone fort then. The present grand structure was inaugurated on February 17th, 1589.
National Research Centre on Camel is another important and renowned attraction of Bikaner. It is open for tourists during the afternoon. Tourists can see the camel of different breeds and their behavior. The special attraction of the center is the Camel milk parlor and you can have unique value-added camel milk products like ice cream, hot and cold beverages. There are many shops on the premises too.
Explore & Experience-
EXPLORE (Places to visit):
- Junagarh Fort
- National Research Centre on Camel (Camel Breeding Farm)
- Karni Mata Temple (AKA The Rat Temple)
- Lallgarh Palace
- Rampuriya Haveli
- Gajner Palace
- Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
- Laxmi Niwas Palace
- Bhandasar Jain Temple
EXPERIENCE (Things to do):
- Camel Festival
- Savor the delicious local cuisines
- Desert camel safari
- Get up-close with camels at National Research Centre on Camel
- Taste the tea, coffee, ice-cream and kulfi made of camel milk at the National Research Centre on Camel
- Shop for souvenirs, antiques and local craft at Kote Gate