Bikaner is one of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan. It is home to one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British during World War I. The British gifted it to Maharaja Ganga Singh, the then ruler of the city.
From the north-eastern area to the southern area, you will find hills of sand dunes. Bikaner showcases its ancient royal legacy through palaces and forts.
Prince Rao Bikaji-a-Rathore was one of the five sons of Rao Jodhaji (founder of the beautiful city of Jodhpur). Bikaji liked the region of Jangladesh so much that he decided to set-up his kingdom, making him the founder of Bikaner. Here are the top 5 must-see places of this amazing city.
Raja Rai Singh-one of the generals of Akbar, built this in 1588 AD. Moreover, the entire complex has some great palaces constructed in red sandstone and marble. The courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows are mesmerising to watch.
LAXMI NIWAS PALACE
This used to be the residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh-the king of Bikaner. British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob constructed this between 1898 and 1902. Also, it displays the Indo-Saracenic architectural style.
DESHNOK KARNI MATA TEMPLE
This famous temple devoted to Karni Mata is one of the prominent worship places of Hindus. Everyday priests perform Mangla-ki-Arti. Also, bhog is served. Karni Mata Fair is a bi-annual event which is organised during Navratris. Today, this temple is home to more than 25,000 rats. Devotees consider the food partially eaten by rats as auspicious.
GAJNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
This sanctuary is just 32 kilometres from Bikaner, on the Jaisalmer road. Different species like nilgai, chinkara, black buck, wild boar, etc are found here. In addition, many species of migratory birds make this sanctuary their home in winters.
Known for its display of beautiful chattris, this kund is 8 km away from Bikaner. Every ruler of Bikaji from the dynasty has one chhatri named after them. The chhatri of Maharaj Surat Singh showcases the architecture of that era. It also has chhatris of of 22 female members of the royal family prior to Maharaja Gaj Sigh Ji, who committed sati.
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