Located 330 km from Jaipur, Bikaner is another city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Bikaner city is the administrative headquarters of Bikaner District and Bikaner division. Formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. The Ganges Canal, completed in 1928, and the Indira Gandhi Canal, completed in 1987, facilitated its development.
If you are in Bikaner then mentioned below is the list of places you must visit.
1. Junagarh Fort
Originally called Chintamani, Junagarh Fort was constructed in the year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. The construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The amazing architecture inside the fort inspires you. Some of the attractions inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.
2. Lalgarh Palace
Lalgarh Palace is a palace in Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan, built by Sir Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, between 1902 and 1926. The red sandstone is a splendid architecture example of the past. The massive lawns inside the fort house peacocks, which are a sight to watch when they dance. One can find the library, cards room and billiards room among various other rooms. Lalgarh Palace is a feast to your eyes and architects’ delight.
3. Ganga Singh Museum
Founded by Maharaja Ganga Singh the museum showcases a huge variety of pottery, carpets, coins, paintings, arts and crafts, ancient Rajput weaponry and terracotta. Apart from all its enviable exhibits, the place also has a number of archaeological insights in pre-historic civilisations like Harappa and Gupta period. Visit the place to get a firsthand experience of what being a king entailed, complete with all the glamour and grandiose.
4. Sadul Singh Museum
Sadul Singh Museum is on the first floor of Lalgarh palace. The lives and the passions of the three successive kings of Bikaner are reflected in the art museum. The rare artifacts, Georgian paintings, and the photographs seen here stand proof of the interests and the heroics of the three kings namely Maharaja Ganga Singh, Sadul Singh and Karni Singh.
5. Gajner Palace
This palace was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh on the banks of a lake. The palace showcases splendid architecture and is a perfect place to spend a peaceful night gazing at the sky and getting an amazing view of the flocks of the migratory birds. The royal family used the palace to retreat after hunting.
6. Jain Temple
The excellence temple with sculpted pillars, frescos, and the gold leaf work was built in the year 1514. With a blend of red sandstone and white marble used in the construction, the three-storied Jain Temple stands unique and commands admiration. The mirror work in the temple is unique as well.
7. Karni Mata Temple
The 600-year-old Karni Mata Temple is famous for its resident population of rats which are venerated in the temple. The temple, also known as Nari Mata Temple, is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. There are about 20,000 rats in the premises. Rats have free run of the place and if anyone is killed, then an idol of the rodent made of solid gold has to be donated as penance for the crime.