Situated in the state of Rajasthan, Bikaner was founded in 1486 as a link in the overland trading route by Bika, one of 14 sons of Rao Jodha, the Rathore king who founded Jodhpur. A 7 km wall with five entrances was built to protect the city. The fort and palace built of the same reddish-pink sandstone as many of Jaipur’s famous buildings are beyond the city walls. Once an important staging post on the great caravan trade routes, Bikaner flourished and an unbroken line of descendants of Rao Bika ruled Bikaner until India’s Independence.
Attractions include the Junagarh Fort, the atmospheric old city, Lalgarh Palace, the extraordinary Karni Mati Temple and the annual Camel festival held in January. Constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, a general in Mughal emperor Akbar’s army, the impressive Junagarh Fort has a 986-m long wall with some 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. The narrow streets of the old city conceal a number of extraordinary havelis and Jain temples. The Bhandreshwar and Sandeshwar Temples are worthy of a look.
Constructed of red sandstone, Lalgarh Palace is home to the royal family of Bikaner, although parts now serve as a hotel. The Shri Sadul Museum houses an enormous collection of Raj-era photographs and personal memorabilia belonging to the former maharaja.
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