Bikaner

Idyllic Rajasthan features many things to do and see for the enthusiastic traveler. Bikaner, lying in the northwestern segment of the state, is a place not to be missed during your itinerary in Rajasthan. The royal city of Bikaner is mostly famous for its confectionaries and sweets. Set up by Rao Bika in 1486, Bikaner is also famous for its International Camel Festival and the Usta and Chadhwa art forms.

Laxmi Niwas Palace – Maharaja Ganga Singh, the monarch of the erstwhile state of Bikaner, used it as his dwelling. This was the artistic creation of Samuel Swinton Jacob, the British designer, in 1902 and the construction work was completed in 1926. The architectural pattern resembles Indo-Saracenic architecture. The entire mansion has been converted into a deluxe hotel. You will definitely enjoy the splendid edifice which was constructed with red sandstone. Laxmi Niwas Palace currently comprises a section of the Lalgarh Palace.

Junagarh Fort – The sixth monarch of Bikaner, Raja Rai Singh, constructed this citadel. Raja Rai Singh’s rule continued from 1571 to 1612. Akbar, the Mughal emperor, gifted land to him in Burhanpur (present Madhya Pradesh) and Gujarat as recognition for his contribution as an army chief. He captured a section of the Marwar region as well. Rai Singh also received some finances from Jodhpur which made it easy for him to construct the citadel. He enjoyed a good status in the regal courtrooms of Akbar and Jahangir, his heir. Raja Rai Singh was an avid voyager and this is the reason why he grew interest in architecture and painting. His concepts have been significantly implemented into the pattern of design of the Junagarh Fort. It is one of the invincible forts of India and houses a museum which showcases the arms and jewelries of the foregone times.

Moolnayakji – Moolnayakji was built in 1486 and it is the oldest Vaishnav mandir to be set up in the city. In addition, it served as the main place of the Vaishnav community. Shri Rattoji Vyas, presented the Bhagavad Updesh to Rao Bika, the monarch, as well as Salloji Rathi, his adjutant. He was the foremost of the Bhagavad Katha Vachaks of the Rattani Vyas family in the city. This observance is continued till today. Lord Moolnayak Krishna is the commanding or principal god worshipped here.

Lalgarh Palace – This architectural wonder was constructed between 1902 and 1926. It features a blend of Mughal, Rajput, and European architectural patterns. Maharaja Ganga Singh (1889–1925) commenced the construction of this edifice to pay tribute to Maharaja Lall Singh, his father. Samuel Swinton Jacob, the famous British architect, acted as the designer. Red sandstone has been used to cover the entire mansion and it houses several waiting rooms, imposing lobbies, exhibition areas as well as domes. The edifice boasts majestic columns, detailed hearths, elaborate fretwork and filigree work and Italian arcades. The mansion is home to the Shri Sadul Museum and a huge and significant set of Sanskrit handwritten literary works, also known as the Anup Sanskrit Library. Despite the fact that the Royal Family of Bikaner still reside here, a segment of the mansion has been switched to a heritage hotel. This hotel is run by the Royal Family.

So, these are the main tourist draws of Bikaner. Don’t forget to visit the Laxmi Nath Temple, Mukam Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Shiv Bari Temple, and Karni Mata Temple as well.