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Bikaner (Rajasthan)
18 sq.kms
237 m
28.0 C - 41.8 C (Summer) , 5.0 C - 23.7 C (Winter)
light tropical in summer, light woolen in winter
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Rajasthani, Hindi and English
Marwar or Marusthali, literally means the "lands of the Dead". It broadly comprises the harsh desert region of Western Rajasthan ,stretching from Bikaner in the north, down to the hills of Mewar in the south .It is an interesting part of Rajasthan. Its relative remoteness tends to attract the genuine traveler keen to explore areas, a little off the beaten track.
Bikaner in Rajasthan, India is still preserving the medieval magnificence that was once the hallmark of the state. Along with the amazing structures of the city, it is the cheerful people that further enhance the attractiveness of the city. Bikaner also houses one of the largest Camel research and breeding farms in the world. It is renowned for providing best riding camels in the world. Apart from that the Bikaner fair also attracts a number of tourists. A trip to Bikaner will leave you mesmerized with the grandeur of the city.
Places For Visit
Prachina Museum
Situated in the Junagarh For, the Prachina Museum houses a rich collection of royal costumes, textiles and accessories. There are also Poshaks (the traditional ladies ensemble) in the museum. Also on display are family portraits of the former rulers of Bikaner.
Lal Garh Palace
A Bikaner, Rajasthan sightseeing tour must include the Lal Garh Palace. Maharaja Ganga Singh built the palace in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh in 1902. Constructed in red sandstone, the palace is an architectural delight. The architecture is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. Ornamenting the palace is amazing latticework and filigree work. The palace also houses a rare collection of paintings and hunting trophies.
Junagarh Fort
The Junagarh Fort is one of the forts in India that has never been conquered or seized. Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar built, it in 1593. Enclosed by a moat, the fort has a number of gates. Karan Pol (gate) provides access to the fort. Next to it is Suraj Pol (sun gate). There are a number of buildings within the fort like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal. There is also a Har Mandir, the royal temple for worshipping gods and goddesses. Built in red sandstone and marble, these palaces house numerous courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows
Rajasthan State Archives
This Directorate has in its possession some very precious administrative record of Mughal period like Persian Farmans, Khatoot, Akbarat, Vakil Report, Nishans, Manshurs, Arzdasht, etc. Also housed are the records created during administration of the princely states of Rajasthan such as Chithiat, Parwanas, Pattas, Rukkas, Bahiat, etc. The directorate also provides facilities like microfilming, reference library and research rooms to the researchers.
Ganga Singh Museum
Ganga Singh Museum exhibits an array of archaeological discoveries dating back to the prehistoric Harappan and early Gupta period. The display includes paintings, arts and craft, terracotta, pottery, carpets, coins and ancient Rajput weaponry.
Bhandeswari Jain Temple
This temple was constructed in the fifteenth century and Bikaner' s oldest monument. Mirror work, frescoes and gold leaf paintings adorn the temple.
The nobles and the wealthy people of the bygone era used to live in huge mansions known as Havelis. Exquisite carvings and sprawling courtyards adorn these havelis. The most famous havelis of Bikaner are those belonging to Kotharis, Rampurias, Vaids and Dagas
Get Bikaner
Visit by Road - Bikaner is connected by road with major cities in Rajasthan and North India. Delhi is 456 Km, Jaipur 334 Km and Jaisalmer 333 Km from Bikaner.
Visit by Air -Jodhpur (243 Km) is the nearest Airport while Jaipur (321 Kms), the capital of Rajasthan is well connected to the metros cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Visit by Rail - Bikaner is connected by rail to cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Allahabad.

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