Top 10 attractions to explore in Bikaner
Historic district of Rajasthan which lies in the Thar desert.
Attractions in Bikaner
Junagarh Fort is located amidst the Thar Desert and was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594. Located on a sprawling land of 5.28 hectares, this place is studded with temples, palaces, and pavilions. Its 986m-long wall, with 37 bastions, is surrounded by a (now dry) moat.
Built on the bank of Gajner Lake, this quaint palace was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Located amidst thick forest, it is an ideal place to indulge in bird watching. This palace is a perfect example of architectural splendour and is spread over 6000 acres. It is made of red sand-stone.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 32.0 km from Bikaner. This was a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner. There is a lake in this sanctuary and a variety of animals come here to quench their thirst in summer. This is one of the proposed forests for the reintroduction of Cheetahs is India.
The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh palace outside the fort limits. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop.
The Rampuria Haveli is “the pride of Bikaner” according to Aldous Huxley who is a prominent writer and philosopher. His comment after making his visit to the Rampuria Haveli is rightly made so because of its antiquity, grandeur and exquisiteness.
Jain temple is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner, and was built in the 15th century. It is decorated with mirror work, frescoes and leaf paintings. The temple is built of red sandstone and is divided into three floors. One can see the skyline of Bikaner by climbing to the topmost floor of this temple.
Map of attractions in Bikaner