National Research Centre
The National Research Centre on Camels is 8km southeast of central Bikaner, beside the Jodhpur-Jaipur Bypass. National Research Centre on Camel in Bikaner, is one of the best places in India to learn about camels. This research centre was established in 1984 by the government and since then has also functioned as a breeding farm, museum, and a popular place for tourists to learn more about these animals and to experience a different variety of cuisine, made from camel milk. National Research Centre on Camel is more of a breeding farm, which has about 250 camels of 3 different breeds. More than half the camels bred in India come from the National Research Centre including those used in the camel regiment of the Indian Army. The center is a complex of camel stables, buildings, and enclosures. The civilians are allowed to visit the farm for only a few hours, so you'll be having a limited time to discover the entire fun complex. You can enjoy the camel rides or ice cream made of camel's milk, view the in-house museum, drink refreshing camel milk 'lassi.' Kids will love to watch baby camel gamboling around. Watching the camel troop returning from their day is also spectacular. National Research Centre on Camel truly promises fun for the family.
The beautiful red sandstone structure is one of the major tourist attractions in Bikaner. With a perfect blend of Rajput, Mughal, and European architectural style, this place is the true spirit of Rajasthan. The Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj in 1902 A.D. This oriental fantasy designed by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, is entirely a hybrid architecture and mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles and can be categorized as Indo-Saracenic style. The Rajput exterior of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental decor within. The intricately dexterous carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman.
It is unmatched jewel in the Thar Desert and has played host to a number of dignitaries from all over the world. The lush green sprawling lawns with dancing peacocks and beautiful bougainvilleas adorn the palace. Open corridors run the length of the halls and rooms and are lined with a rare collection of old prints and vintage copies of etchings. The covered corridors that link rooms are mounted with hunting Trophies.
The palace also consists of a museum that is situated inside Ganga Niwas. Here one can see the Miniature Paintings that are related to Bikaner school of art, Terracotta Wares and armors. There is also a library that has a good collection of Sanskrit Manuscripts written on parchments, plaques of silver, copper and gold. The artifacts belonging to Harappa civilization and Kushan and Gupta Age are also preserved here.
Kote Gate Bikaner
Offering a glimpse of the magnificent architectural work in the city, Kote Gate is the main entrance gate of Bikanker. This daunting structure is an example of fine artistry of the workers belonging to the olden days. Kote gate separates the old city and the new city of Bikaner, standing tall in the middle of the road. While on one side is the modern city, the other side of the gate has stunning mansions (havellis), which are architectural masterpieces.
One of the most popular activities near Kote gate is to indulge in shopping in the local bazaar, which is located near it. You can get your hands on some amazing stuff in this market. Attractive options are offered in abundance. Things you must buy from here include accessories made from camel hide and open-toed shoes, traditionally worn by men. Other things that you can fetch here are miniature paintings, utensils, handicrafts, Khadi items like kurtas, wooden carvings and more. And, when you get tired, there are various eating joint selling specialties like Bikaneri sweets, Bikaneri bhujiya, tea made from camel's milk etc.
Junagarh Fort is a major attraction in Bikaner. The fort was built in 1478 by Maharaja Rao Bika. Junagarh fort complex consists of temples and palaces. The artistically done balconies, courtyards, windows catch the eyes of the visitors. The Zenana quarters in particular capture the attention of tourists as they exhibit exquisite designs of great artistic skill. Mirror work, frescos and lacquer work all make this fort look very attractive. Karan Mahal, Phool Mahal, Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal are some major attractions here. The unique amalgamation of Mughal and Gujarati architecture makes this fort one of its kind. Its soaring beauty and a picturesque surrounding provide photographers with a lot of options to capture.
Har Mandir a.k.a Royal Chapel: This temple was built exclusively for the royal family.
Karan Mahal a.k.a Public Hall: Considered to be the most tranquilizing place of this fort, it narrates the victorious tale of Karan Singh over Aurangzeb and highlights the aesthetic side of the royal family.
Anup Mahal: The erstwhile administrative block, it is beautifully built with Italian tiles, exquisite lattice balconies & windows, and the exceptional wooden work.
Chandra Mahal: A fine example of royal luxuries, the structure boasts of breathtaking luxurious rooms and mesmerizing gold work. Fort Museum: Built in an attempt to preserve the tales of the past, the museum also exhibits royal jewels and costumes alongside paintings of the royal family. One can also see the arms and ammunition preserved here in the museum. The library boasts its collection of Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts. Prachina Museum: Nestled peacefully in the corner of Junagarh fort, Prachina Museum exhibits the cultural spirit of Bikaner. The museum showcases ethnic royal dresses, beautiful portraits of former rulers, religious sculptures, art works, preserved crockery & cutlery, and a beautiful collection of handcrafted rugs & carpets.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum is known to be as the best museum of Rajasthan state. Also known as Ganga Government Museum, it is located in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum was established in 1937 on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Maharaja Ganga Singh. The museum comprises some of the most unique and amazing collections of artwork, history and sculptures. The magnificent museum is in the Lalgarh palace of Bikaner. There are sections in the museum in a way that all the articrafts follow a hierarchy and historical importance. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum also has some collectibles which more than somewhat saying historical like old photographs, trophies, shikar objects early cameras and movie projectors and weapons. Majesty Maharaja Karni Singh used these splendid items at that time.The Anup Library contains an extremely rare and valuable collection of Rare sanskrit manuscripts in Anup Library which are brought back from the Deccan by Raja Anup Singh in the 17th century also displays in this museum. Valuable sculptures from Harappan ages, war weaponry of Rajasthan and Litho prints of British Empire are a some other historical importance items. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum also has many black and white photographs of India which are from the time when India was under the British rule.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
Gajner Wild life Sanctury was earlier used as a hunting ground by the Maharaja of Bikaner. Later, it was declared as a protected area by the Government of India. It is a paradise for Bird lovers. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary in Bikaner is a natural haven on the shores of a lake, near Gajner Palace. Located at 32 km from Bikaner on the Jaisalmer road, are inhabited by wildfowl, hares, wild boar, desert foxes and a number of deer and antelopes including black bucks and blue bulls. The lake at Gajner attracts water birds in thousands. Imperial sand house migrate here in winter. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, houses the former Hunting lodge of Bikaner and has a beautiful lake surrounded by a dense forest.
The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of wild animals and some of the resident species include wildfowl's, deer, antelope, nilgai, chinkara, black buck, desert foxes and wild boars to name just a few.
In the midst of densely wooded jungle and the surrounding haunting wildlife there is the elegant Gajner Palace Hotel where visitors can check-in for lodging. Apart from accommodation, the Gajner Palace Hotel regularly conducts jungle safaris which takes visitors into the deepest realms of the mysterious Gajner Sanctuary. The hotel has its own exclusive fleet of Vehicles and all jungle safaris are accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable guide who has years of experience of Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
The palace is situated about 20kms from the city of Bikaner and is set up beside a beautiful lake called Gajner Lake. One has the opportunity to enjoy nature walks, boating and desert safaris near the palace. Gajner Palace Located on the banks of the Gajner Lake, Gajner Palace is an architectural treat for visitors. The red sandstone structure is situated in the dense forest and one can spot flocks of migratory birds around the area. The beautiful architectural marvel is among the most amazing places to visit in Bikaner for a quiet weekend.
The property also houses the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary that was a famous hunting ground of the royal family. Now a Heritage hotel, Gajner Palace was once the royal residence of Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh of Bikaner.
Deshnoke - Karni Mata Temple
Karni mata Temple is probably one of the most famous places to visit in Bikaner. Deshnok temple is also known as Deshnok Karni Mata temple. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, which is an incarnation of the Goddess Durga who took birth in the 14th century. The goddess is believed to have miraculous power. The village in which the temple is located is also known as Deshnok, which means ten corners. The village is located 30 kilometers from Bikaner along the Jodhopur Road. The temple possesses a high a spiritual significance. This temple is known for its sizable population of rats that are the permanent residents here. Legend has it that when Karni Mata’s son died, she requested Yama to restore her son’s life, but Yama refused. So, Karni Mata being the incarnation of Goddess restored the life of her son and declared that from now onwards her family will not face death but be reincarnated in the form of rats. Today, there are about 20,000 rats that live in the temple premises and no doubt attract the attention of many travelers. The visitors worship these rats and offer prasad to them for they are believed to be the sons of Karni Mata. The silver gate and intricate marble carvings of the temple add to its charm.
The Deshnok Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Bikaner. Having a high spiritual significance along with a great architecture, you must visit the temple during Bikaner tours.
Welcome Incredible India offer packaged tour to the Deshnok temple. These tours are thoroughly enjoyable for the tourists as it provides you a close look of the Rajasthani architecture as well as the various religious beliefs of the region.
Sand Dunes Safari
Sand Dunes Safari in Bikaner Since, Bikaner is within close proximity to the great Thar Desert, taking a safari is the obvious things to do. There are jeeps and camels available for the sand dune safari. Going on a desert camel safari in Bikaner has been a popular way for travelers to explore this small, but amazing town. The grainy yet smooth sands, serene environs and the clear sky in the evening will definitely make you want to head out of your lodgings. You may pass by little settlements in the region, which are the best places to understand Rajasthani tradition and culture.
A desert camel safari in Bikaner in the evening will also allow you to lay back on the sand because it will have lost the major part of the heat. The cool breeze may blow across the area and make your journey even more enjoyable. While roaming the desert, you may get to see people in traditional attire. Their glittering clothes will give you an idea of how colourful the culture of Rajasthan really is. If you get a chance to talk to the locals, then do ask them to tell narrate some of their folk tales, for they are quite intriguing. Luck being on your side, you may even get to witness a spellbinding sunset over the dunes. In order to popularise the culture further, certain hospitality properties in Bikaner treat guests to traditional music and dance shows, generally accompanied by a bonfire. A lovingly prepared Rajasthani dinner will surely be the highlight of your trip to the region. one can see several destinations of sand dunes Safari in Bikaner like Raisar, Khichan, Balakaya Dhora and Phlodi.