Rajasthan Travel Guide

Places to See in Bikaner

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Bikaner is a beautiful city of Rajasthan which is located in the northern part of the state and known for its temples, palaces and royal forts and also for being a great tourist hub of India. The city of Bikaner was used to be the princely state of Rajasthan and at present it is an extraordinary beautiful place to be. The city of Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in the year 1486 and at present there are ample of tourist attractions in Bikaner that attracts thousands of people from all over the world. The city of Bikaner is located in the central part of Thar Desert and that is why it gets least rainfall and extreme hot climate.

There are many places to visit in Bikaner such as Junagarh Palace, Karni Mata Temple,Laxmi Niwas Palace and Bikaner is a city which is popularly known for its heritage hotels and the city is also a place where you can go for camel safaris on the Thar to explore the city and the tourist can get the best views of the sand dunes and the night can also be spend on the cool sands which get hot and cool instantly with visibility of sun and moon and you can also count on the stars.

Top Places to Visit in Bikaner Rajasthan

Basant Vihar Palace in Bikaner

Basant Vihar Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh and has been turned in to a heritage hotel and counted as one of the best heritage hotels of India and the palace hotel is known for its superlative amenities and the hotel is having the luxurious rooms decorated with the cozy and well-crafted furniture and the tourist will have a great time here.

Gajner Palace

Gajner Palace is another palace hotel or heritage hotel of Bikaner which was also built by Maharaja Ganga Singh and the palace is an extremely beautiful architecture located near a lake and the palace hotel is spread in the area of more than 6000 acres. The palace hotel used to be the hunting resort for the British and many VVIPs resided here during their holidays including Prince of Wales and Viceroy of India.

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum

Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum is owned by the Government of Rajasthan but the name of the museum is called as Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum and this museum was built in the year 1937. The museum holds some very rare and beautiful paintings and art work of Rajasthan and many other traditional musical instruments. But most importantly the museum has the terracotta articles from the Gupta Period.

Junagarh Fort

This is one of the most important tourist attractions in Bikaner and this fort belongs to the 20th century and fort was originally called Chintamani. The fort is a massive architecture with extraordinary craftwork and there are gates and classic interiors which are having beautiful motifs on it. There are temples and mahals are situated inside the fort which is having beautiful motifs on the walls and everywhere.

Junagarh Fort Entry Fee : Indian - Rs 20, Foreigner - Rs 100
Camera Fee : Stills - Rs 30, Video - Rs 100
Junagarh Fort Timings : 10 am - 4:30 pm

Junagarh Fort Museum

Junagarh Fort Museum is located within the fort and named asJunagarh Fort Museum and the museum was established in 1961 by Maharaja Dr.Karni Singh. The Museum displays Sanskrit and Persian scripts, , royal costumesjewelsminiature paintings, headgear and dresses Gods and idols of temples, silverware. The museum also have armory which area good collection of medieval weapons.

Karni Bhawan Palace

Karni Bhawan Palace is another heritage hotel of Bikaner and the hotel is managed by the Karni Group of Hotels and the hotel is having the art and interior decoration that belonged to t he1950’s and that is why people can visit the hotel for a nice accommodation and for a comfortable stay in Bikaner. The hotel also provide fine access to the local tourist attractions in Bikaner.

Karni Mata Temple

Karni Mata Temple is also known as the Rat Temple of Rajasthan and there are thousands of rats are seen here. There is a tradition of the temple that people who ever visit this temple for worship have to feed the rats. Inside the temple there are near about 20,000 rats. The architecture of temple is inspired by Mughal style and was made in early 20th century by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner.

Lal Garh Palace

Lal Garh Palace is another heritage hotel in Bikaner and the palace hotel is another exquisite architecture to be adored. The palace was built in the nineteenth century by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father, MaharajLallSinghj in 1902 A.D. The palace is made with red sand stone and the architecture is inspired by different styles of Rajput, Muslim and European architecture and can also be said a structure that is built in as Indo- Saracenic style.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

Laxmi Niwas Palace is one of the stunning palaces of India and amongst must visit Bikaner tourist places. The palace was built by Sir Ganga Singh Ji in the year 1904. The palace has been turned into a heritage hotel and the palace is also known as one of the most lavish wedding venues of India and the celebrities and high status people hire this palace for their wedding events for its stunning architecture and awesome hospitality.

Rajasthan State Archives

Rasjathan State Archives is a nice collection of administrative record of Mughal period like Akbar, Vakil Report Persian FarmansArzdasht, Khatoot, Nishans, Manshurs, and the record twisted during administration of the Princely states of Rajasthan such as Parwanas, Rukkas,Bahiat, Pattas, , Chithiatetc and the toeuist can see the documents of economical and historical value.