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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Tailormade Holidays to Bikaner
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A converted palace, the Lallgarh is a stately hotel with many period features and has its own museum and library.
A grand hotel, the Laxmi Niwas Palace is lavishly decorated and set in spacious lawns.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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