"Bikaner-Royalty in full splendour" Bikaner by mallyak

Bikaner Travel Guide: 104 reviews and 361 photos

If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it's located in north west part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It's lust for "dessert" or affection for "desert" that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.

Junargarh fort

This fort was built by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1612 AD. Raja Rai Singhji could Marshal the revenues of a Kingdom increased by the conquest of half Marwar and grant of half Gujrat and made use of ample funds from Jodhpur and Western Deccan for the construction of this fort. A contemporary of Mughal Emperor Akbar and Emperor Jehangir, he held a very high rank in the Imperial court. As a reward for this services as military commander, he was granted fields of Gujrat and Burhanpur by the Emperor. During his tenure in imperial service he traveled far and wide which gave him vision and great ideas about art and architecture and we can see how meticulously these ideas were incorporated in the architectural styles of his building in Junagarh fort.

Camel breeding farm

Acquaint yourself with the indispensable ship of the desert at this camel research and breeding centre, the only one of its kind in Asia."
This government-managed farm is unique and largest in Asia. There are hundreds of camels here and the scenario in late afternoon is great when camels come back from grazing. It's here that you can see what an interesting animal the camel is. You can have some thick camel milk while listening to a Raika or Rebari, a camel breeder's tribe telling you about camels and camellore and how they are bred. The gamboling baby-camels make a very enchanting sight.The British army had camel corps drawn from Bikaner during WorldWar I.

  • Last visit to Bikaner: Dec 1994
  • Intro Updated Feb 13, 2008
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  • vinod-bhojak's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Great description of my town with nice photos.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Good page on Bikaner-I'm sorry I did not get to see th Camel Farm. Maybe next time. I actually had a WHITE rat run over my foot- How auspicious is THAT!!!

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