Bikaner : Bikaner if ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it’s located in north west part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.
Junagarh Fort is a major attraction in Bikaner. The fort was built in 1478 by Maharaja Rao Bika (after whom the city is called Bikaner); however the construction that we see now is of the time of Raja Rai Singh (1571-1611) and Karan Singh (1631-1639). The later rulers also contributed in the beautification of the fort as well. 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.
|#National Research Centre on Camel
National Research Centre on Camel is more of a breeding farm, which has about 230 camels of 3 different breeds. The centre is situated about 8kms from Bikaner and is open for visitor between 2.30PM to 5PM. Small museum and camel ride make this place particularly special for visitors.
Deshnok temple is situated in the village of Deshnok, which is only 32 km from Bikaner. The temple is also often known as a Karni Mata temple. There are lots of interesting myths and history associated with this temple.The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga. The entire style of the temple is unique and reflects high religious beliefs and faiths. The rodents within the temple are also considered to be holy and special holes are present within the temple to facilitate their movement. The temple is considered to be quite holy and auspicious for the locals and visitors.