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Bikaner lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan state of India. This desert city has an eye stilling beauty which is totally unique. The huge area of sand dunes, the moonlit glittering beauty of the Rajasthani desert night and desert agility, the zeal filling natural sites, the fantastic palaces and temples, wild life sanctuaries and archeological treasures all combine to make this city a place of lasting charm and permanent attraction. Famous all over the world for its sweets, Namkeens and Bhujia, the city covers over 500 years old culture and heritage, the very feel of Rajasthan.
Bikaner, tourist junction of western Rajasthan, has been named as the "Tapo-Bhumi" of great sages and saints of pre-historic times. The holy rivers Saraswati and Drishadwati used to flow in their glory in this area. Archeologist believe that the great Indian desert, the Thar, of which Bikaner is a part, was once an ocean, a belief which stands substantiated by the presence of sedimentary layers of various kinds of the precious clay, bajri etc. in the holy Kolayat area (55 km from Bikaner).
Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 AD when a Rajput prince Rao Bika ji a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD). Rao Jodha Ji established his kingdom here. Bika Ji chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped it into an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name. Archeological surveys and excavations have established beyond doubt that civilization flourished here even before the Harappa period. Excavated statues, coins and carvings of stones and clay stands as testimony to this fact.
Lallgarh Palace: The 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 pure Rajput martial architecture.
Gajner Palace: A summer resort of Bikaner Maharajas - has often been described as 'an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert'. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh ji of Bikaner, palace stands on the embankment of a lake .The palace was used by Maharaja for grand shoots and lavish entertainment. Royalty, Both Indian as well as international, Viceroys and other dignitaries have been entertained at this grand palace.
Best time to visit
Period of time between October and December is the best.
How to get there?
Air: Nearby airports are Jodhpur (254 kms) and Sanganer airport Jaipur (325 kms).
Rail: Bikaner is connected to all India's the major cities via broad gauge railway. The city has direct directly connections to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Surat, Jalandhar, Thiruvanathpuram, Chandigarh, Jammu and Ahmedabad.
Road: Bikaner is well served with roads and is linked directly to Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Haridwar and many other cities.
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