Camel Country

Bikaner-the camel country, this city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research and breeading farm in the world. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates.

Bikaner-the camel country, this city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research and breeading farm in the world. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Lies in the north of the desert state a starting point of camel safaris. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. This ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. The history of Bikaner dates back to 1488 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji founded his kingdom. Bikaji was one the five sons of Rao Jodhaji the illustrious founder of Jodhpur. But Rao Bikaji was the most adventurous of them. It is said that an insensitive remark from his father about his whispering in the Durbar provoked Bikaji to set up his own kingdom towards the north of Jodhpur. The barren wilderness called Jangladesh became his focus point and he transformed it to an impressive city. He accomplished his task with 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers, and established his kingdom on 84 villages abandoned by the 'Shankhlas'. When Bikaji died in 1504 his rule had extended to over 3000 villages.

Attractions in Bikaner, around and from Bikaner

  • Junagarh Fort It is an unassailable fortress, which has never been conquered. Built in 1593, by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished generals in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort is a formidable structur

  • Karni Mata Temple This 600 year old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, Deshnok is situated 30 km from Bikaner. A famous mystic of her times, believed to be an incarnation of goddess Durga.

  • 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.