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In 1488 AD, an enterprising Rathore prince named Rao Bikaji found a barren piece of land named Jangladesh, which he transformed into a magnificent city called Bikaner. Strategically located on the ancient caravan routes linking west/central Asia to the seaports in Gujrat, Bikaner was a prosperous trading town in the medieval period. Popularly known as the 'Camel Country', this desert city is mainly famous for its camels. In fact, camels form an integral part of the life and culture of Bikaner. January is one of the busiest months when thousands of tourists travel to Bikaner to be a part of the famous annual camel festival.

The sights and sounds of this historic city create a harmony and music of their own which will leave you mesmerized and make it an experience you will cherish forever. The best time to travel to Bikaner is during the winters when the weather is cool and tolerable.

Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Bikaner are listed below.

Junagarh Fort

Raja Rai Singh, one of the most trusted generals of Emperor Akbar, built the Junagarh Fort in 1593 AD. The fort is a classic blend of oriental and European forms of architecture. It is situated on the desert plain unlike other forts in Rajasthan that are situated on higher elevations. The Junagarh Fort has remained unconquered till date and has only two gates, the main entrance being the Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate. The fort also houses a number of magnificent palaces and gardens that are famous for their exquisite beauty.

Lalgarh Palace

The Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father is an architectural masterpiece in itself. Made of red sandstone, the meticulously done latticework and filigree work further enhance the beauty of this majestic structure. The sprawling gardens and dancing peacocks within the palace are a treat to the eyes. A part of the Lalgarh Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum.

Camel Research Farm

This farm spreads over an area of over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the central government. It also has the distinction of being the only one of its kind in Asia. Apart from being a breeding and research center, the farm also imparts training to camels.

How to reach Bikaner

» Road : Bikaner is connected by road with some of the major cities of India and Rajasthan. Delhi is at a distance of 456 km away from Bikaner while Jaipur lies 334 km away from the city.

» Rail : There are trains connecting Bikaner to cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The Chetak Express and the Bikaner Express are important trains that connect Delhi and Bikaner.

» Air : The nearest airport is Jodhpur, which is 235 km away.

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