Some of the important tourist sites in Bikaner are:
The Junagarh fort rises over the city and can be seen from a distance. It was built by Rai Singh (AD 1571-1611) who made a mark in the court of Akbar as an able general. The Fort is more than seven hundred feet above sea level. Five gates lead into the Fort and a moat runs on three of its sides. The different rulers of Bikaner built the many red sandstone palaces, Anup Mahal, Dewan-e-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Dungar Mahal, and Ganga Mahal in the ensuing period and every palace has something unique about it.
Chandra Mahal has remarkable frescoes, while the walls of Phool Mahal are inlaid with mirror work. Anup Mahal is richly decorated with golden pen work. The courtyard of the fort along with the balcony, kiosks and windows are perfect examples of the attractive artisanship of that time. The beautiful cutworks and dots on the red stones and the marbles are fascinating.
Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father, is situated 3 km north of Bikaner city. Sir Swinton Jacob designed the palace. The palace has some beautiful carvings and hunting trophies. In the garden, peacocks and blooming bougainvilleas welcome the visitor.
Other parts of the Lalgarh Palace have been converted into a museum named as the Sadul Museum to preserve the glory of the yesteryears of Rajasthan in general and Bikaner in particular. The museum houses photographs, weapons, and other artefacts of the past royalty.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum is one of the best museums in Rajasthan with some fabulous collection of antiques and artilleries. It also houses pre-Harappan exhibits and terracotta objects from the various eras of civilisation.
While in Bikaner, one should enjoy the camel rides and go sight seeing to the forts on a camel. The exotic camel safaris, its gorgeous forts and the worship of thousands of holy rats at Mata Karni temple are some of the most interesting aspects of Bikaner.
One shouldn’t forget to taste the flavor of the world famous Bikaneri Namkeen and sweets. While shopping, one should look out for usta (camel leather work).
The Camel Festival with competitions related to camels, the holy festival of Kolayat with a dip in the holy water of the Kolayat Lake and the Gangaur Festival dedicated to Goddess Parvati, are must participates in Bikaner
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