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Bikaner

Bhandeshwari Jain Temple:  

Bhandeshwari Jain temple of Bikaner dedicated to the 5th Tirthankar of the Jain religion, Shri Sumati Nath is one of popular religious attractions in the city. Built in the 15th century, the Jain temple is one of the oldest shrines in Bikaner. Built with red sandstone and white marble, the temple offers marvelous architectural splendor along with its high religious quotient attracting pilgrims from across Rajasthan.

 

Junagarh Fort:

Junagarh Fort is one of the most popular landmarks and tourist attractions in Bikaner. Built by Raja Raj Singh during the reign of Mughal emperor, Akbar, the Junagarh Fort is bounded by 986 meter high walls making it one of the most secure palaces in the region. The fort also has a Har Mandir that was used by the royal family as a place of worship. The fort has 37 bastions and two entrances including various courtyards and balconies making it an eminent royal structure glorifying past cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

 

Lal Garh Palace:

Lal Garh Place also known as theLallgarh Palace is one of the most visited landmarks in Bikaner. Built in the memory of Maharaja Lal Singh, the palace is an architectural delight constructed by red sandstone under the watchful eyes of British designer Col Swinton Jacob. The palace offers a perfect blend of Rajput, Mughal and European culture with beautiful latticework and filigree works. The fort is situated at a distance of 3 kilometers from the city centre and attracts a large number of historians, art lovers and tourists alike.

 

Ganga Singh Museum:

The Ganga Singh Museum is a popular archaeological museum attracting a large number of visitors each day. The museum is a history lover's delight and houses a rich collection of archaeological discoveries from ancient Harrapan and early Gupta period. A dedicated section in the museum showcases ancient weapons used by erstwhile rulers of Bikaner making it one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the city.

 

Karni Mata Temple:

Karni Mata temple is an ancient temple believed to be the abode of Goddess Durga in the 14th century. The ancient temple is home to millions of rats who are worshipped as a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Pilgrims believe that feeding rats at this temple brings good fortune. The temple has magnificent silver gates making it one of the most beautiful temples in Bikaner while an overhead mesh is built to protect rats from falling prey to birds and other animals like cats.

 

Gajner Palace:

Gajner palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singh as a hunting and retreating lodge is one of the most well known landmarks of Bikaner. Built in red sandstone, the palace is located in the middle of a thick forest which is home to a large variety of wild animals and birds including Antelopes, Chinkaras, Blue Bull and Black Buck.

 

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary:

One a royal hunting ground, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bikaner. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a wonderful lake in the middle of the forest reserve where a large number of wild animals can be seen especially during the summer months. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect getaway from the daily grind for the locals as well as the tourists attracting a large number of wildlife enthusiasts. The sanctuary is home to several species of wild animals, reptiles and birds including Black Buck, Chinkaras and Desert Fox.

 

Sadul Singh Museum:

Sadul Singh Museum is located in the vicinity of the Lallgarh Palace is one of the popular museums of Bikaner. Sadul Singh Museum showcases Georgian paintings, artifacts and photographs of all erstwhile rulers and royal families of Bikaner. The museum is closed on Sundays and charges a nominal entrance fee from the tourists.

 

Prachina Museum:

Prachina Museum or the ancient museum is a popular tourist attraction in Bikaner housing ancient historic artifacts. Established in the year 2000 by the daughter of the erstwhile royal Maharaja Narendra Singh, Prachina museum hosts a rich collection of royal costumes, religious accessories and textiles apart from ancient crafts and sculpture of Bikaner. Family portraits of the former rulers of Bikaner are also displayed in the museum.

 

Devi Kund:

Devi Kund or Devi Kund Sagar is a royal crematorium situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from Bikaner city center. Devi Kund houses several ornamented cenotaphs, known as Chhatris or umbrellas underlining the cultural and architectural richness of Bikaner. Devi Kund also has a large collection of rare Rajput era paintings making it a popular tourist destination.

 

National Research Center on Camel:  

National Research Center on Camel is a popular camel breeding farm which is one of its kinds in Asia. Situated in Jorbeer at a distance of 8 kilometers from Bikaner city, the camel farm was founded in 1984 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The farm conducts research and experiment on the camels and is spread over an area of 2,000 acres.

 

Rajasthan State Archives:

Rajasthan state archives hold precious executive records of Rajasthan from the Rajput era to the Mughal and British era. The department of Rajasthan State achieves providing facilities to researchers like microfilming, reference library and research rooms attracting thousands of researchers from all over the world.

 

Laxminath Temple:

Laxminath Temple is one of the oldest temples of India and is a popular tourist and religious hotspot of Bikaner. Built by Maharaja Rao Lunakaran between 1504 and 1526, the temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Erstwhile Rajput rulers of Bikaner regarded Lord Laxminath as the King of Bikaner and themselves as his ministers. The temple attracts a large number of historians and pilgrims from all over the world.