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Rajput Rao Bikaji started to build this city in 1465 and completed in 1488
AD. Like other cities of Rajasthan this is also surrounded by a wall there
are five entrance gates to enter in the city. It is 248 km from Jodhpur
and is situated in the desert.
How to reach Bikaner
Bikaner is well connected with
rail and road network with all major cities of the country. Air: Nearby
airports are Jodhpur (254 km) and Sanganer airport Jaipur (325 km). Rail
:It has direct trains from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur,
Places of Tourist interest
Bikaner Fort (Junagadh Fort) -
It was built by Raja Rai Singh between the years of 1589 -1594 AD and is
surrounded by a wall with two entrance gates. ‘Suraj pole’ is the
main gate. Among the
places of interest are the Chandra Mahal, with paintings, mirrors
and carved marble panels. The Phool Mahal is decorated with glass
and mirrors. The Karan Mahal was built to commemorate a notable
victory over the Mughal Aurangzeb. The Anoop Mahal is famous for
it's gold leaf painting. Other palaces worth visiting are the Dungar Niwas,
Ganga Nivas, Gaj Mandir, Rang Mahal, Bijai Mahal. Gigantic columns,
imposing arches and graceful scenes, minarets and pavilions, in fact, make
it worth a repeat visit. Karan
Doulat pole and Fateh pole are the gates built by Maharaja
Karan Singh in 1632 AD and inside the fort a tank was built by Maharaja
Suraj Singh. Singh pole gate and Dev Vilas palace were built by
Maharaja Dungar Singh in 1887 AD.
Gajner Mahal -
It is 34 kilometers away from Bikaner on the bank of a lake.
Gajner Palace was the summer
resort of Bikaner Maharajas and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh of
Bikaner. It has outstanding architectural beauty.
Lallgarh Palace -
architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh
(1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh between 1902
-1926.This magnificent palace is an example of Rajput martial
architecture. Designed by British architect Sir Swinton Jacob, this palace
has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions.
Bhandsar temple -
It's a beautiful Jain temple from the 16th century sacred to the 23rd
tirthankara Parsavanathji. The construction was started in 1468 AD
by a rich Jain merchant and only finished in 1514 AD.
Karni mata temple -
It is 24 kilometers away from Bikaner in Deshnok village. There are
innumerable ‘holy rats’ in the temple. There are innumerable ‘rats’ in the
temple that are considered sacred. The management arranges for the feeds
of the rats. To torture or kill any of these rat is considered a sin. This
temple was built by Maharaja Suraj Singh.
This place is 7 km from Bikaner at the bank of Devikund. Here several
Chattries can be seen that Maharajas of Bikaner built. Chhatri of
Maharaja Karan Singh and another of Maharaja Anup Singh are majestic
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum:
This museum has one of the biggest collections of terracotta, weapons,
painted miniatures from the Bikaner school and coins. The exposed
artifacts are marvelous examples from the Harappan civilization, Gupta-
and Kushan age, also sculptures from the late classic period. The museum
also possesses a separate part with exclusive art and crafts works from