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Attractions in Bikaner

Lalgarh Palace - Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father, the Lalgarh Palace is situated 3 km north of Bikaner city. The palace is quite imposing with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Peacocks and blooming bougainvillea in the garden welcome the visitor to the palace. Today, a part of the palace has been converted into a hotel.

Junagarh Fort - The Junagarh Fort, built by Rai Singh between 1588 and 1593, has a 986-metre-long wall with 37 fortresses, a moat and

Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner

two entrances. The fort towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with outstanding stone carvings. The major buildings within the fort include the Anup Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Dungar Mahal, and Ganga Mahal. The Chandra Mahal has remarkable frescoes. Beautiful mirror work adorns the walls of Phool Mahal while golden pen work adorns the Anup Mahal.

Quick Getaways in Bikaner

Devi Kund, Bikaner
Devi Kund - Eight kilometers east of Bikaner lies Devi Kund, the site of a royal crematorium with numerous ornamented cenotaphs or chhatris built in the memory of the Bika dynasty rulers. The white marble chhatri of Maharaja Surat Singh is very imposing, standing out amongst others.

Camel Breeding Farms - Eight kilometres from Bikaner, the government - managed Camel Research and Breeding Farm is one of

its kinds in Asia.The farm is engaged in breeding and training of camels.

Gajner wild life sanctuary - Just 32 kilometres from Bikaner, the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of wild animals. The adjoining lake that mirrors the charming pink sandstone palace and gardens contrasts so well with the surrounding scrubland where black buck, chital, sambhar, chinkara, nilgai, wild boar, rabbits, partridges, quail, and Indian Bustard abound, that you wonder if it's real, or a desert mirage. From the paved terrace, you see jungle animals come down to the water for a drink. This lake attracts millions of migratory birds in winter. House parties for shooting grouse, duck, and wild boar were held here by the Maharaja of Bikaner.

Mata Karni Mandir - Thirty kilometres south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. This 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates given by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and are worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner hall, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life.

Kolayat - This Temple is 52 kilometers towards Jaisalmer and is dedicated to "Kapil Muni" who is the fifth regeneration of "Lord Vishnu". There are 52 Ghats around this temple and it is the most important Pilgrimage Point for Hindus in Northern Rajasthan after Pushkar. Every year a big fair is organized in the month of November known as Kolayat Fair which coincides with the Pushkar fair, when pilgrims take a holy dip in the Kolayat lake on the full moon day in the month of Kartik.

Bhandasar Temple - This temple is dedicated to the fifth Tirthankara Sumitnath. The interior of the temple is stunning, with a series of vibrant paintings. The pillars bear floral carvings and stories that depict the lives of the 24 Jain tirthankaras. It is said that 40,000 kgs of ghee was used instead of water in the mortar, which locals believe seeps through the floor on hot days. On first floor of the three-story temple are beautiful miniatures of the sentries of the gods. There are fine views out over the city from the third floor, with the desert stretching behind it to the west.

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