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Marudhara Bikaner

A unique destination of the desert tringle is Bikaner.
The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal is sheer beauty amidst the sand dunes.
The genesis of Bikaner dates back to 1488 A.D. when a rathore prince,Rao Bikaji son of Rao Jodhaji of Jodhpur chose a barren wilderness known as Jangaldesh and transformed it to an impressive city called Bikaner after the founder's name.Its strategic location on the ancient caravan routs, Linking Central Asia and North India with Gujarat scaports,made Bikaner a prime trade centre in the times of yore.
A medieval aura pervades the city, as visible in its forts, palace and temples - each a delicate creation in red and yellow sandstone bearing testimony to the rich historical and architectural legacy.
More popularly called the camel country, Bikaner isrenowned for the best riding camels in the world.The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life herebe it for pulling heavy carts for transporting grains or for working on wells.Gaily caparisonded camels can be seen at Bikaner's annual Camel festival held in January.Camel reces, camel tug of wae and other exciting contests enliven the festivities.

Lal Garh Palace

This grand palace is an architectural masterwork in red sandstone, and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji in 1902. Sir Swinton Jacob designed this oriental fantasy. This architecture is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. The exterior contrasts dramatically with the oriental interiors and amenities. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work, which are hallmarks of a great craftsmanship.
The Palace has an amazing collection of well-maintained paintings and hunting trophies. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make a visual extravagance.
Ph 2540201/7

Gajner Palace 33 KM on Jaisalmer Road

Gajner is an incomparable Jewel in the Thar. Built by the great Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner on the embankment of a lake with a generous dose of flora and fauna. Basically a hunting and relaxing lodge, the maharaja and the family shared their passion with their exclusive guests and hosted exotic holidays for them. Around the palace is a thick forestation that attracts the guests to take up a simple walk around admiring the migratory birds in winters like imperial sand goose,antelopes, black bucks and the animal species that wander around in the form of Nilgais, chinkaras, deers etc. The hotel is spread in a large area, and the ambiance around is as raw and authentic as it was before.
Ph 01534-255061-65

  • Last visit to Bikaner: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 6, 2007
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  • ellsasha's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    As usual, great tips, Mahavir. Looking forward to my next trip to India and having you drive me again and show me more of the wonderful, unique places in India.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2006 at 8:40 AM

    Happy New Year to you too. For New Year's Eve dinner, I'm preparing traditional American specialty: Palak Paneer! Hope you and I can meet soon, Oliver

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 3:08 AM

    The land of the camel! - how wonderful!!! Your photos are fabulous, thank you so much for sharing them. L.

  • Jul 26, 2005 at 8:17 AM

    Good desert country and Pictures visit in the futher

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2004 at 11:30 PM

    Thanx for sharing the beauty of yr country ! Greets from Belgium

  • BarbaraForza's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2004 at 6:54 AM

    Rajasthan is the part of India I love most...thanks for those beautiful women pics!

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