Top 10 Places to See in Bikaner
Bikaner is a city with a very rich historical significance. One of the only two models of the biplane used by the British during World War I, reside here. It is the place where every traveller desires to go. And those who have visited here already, this place tops on their favourites list. There are many forts, palaces, temples and museums that offer a pleasing picture of the long-gone era. You are absolutely gonna love this place just as I did. So here are the top 10 places to see in Bikaner:
1. Junagarh Fort
This place has an excellently mixed architecture of Mughal and Gujarat. This place is impregnable because it could never be conquered. The fort is beautiful and tells the stories of its rich history. The pleasingly done balconies, courtyards, windows really surprise the visitors. The star attraction of this place is Zenana quarters as it exhibits the work of great artistic skills. This place has great surroundings which make it ideal for clicking pictures.
Things to see: Har Mandir, Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, Chandra mahal etc.
Things to do: explore the architecture of the place, click amazing pictures, explore “Fort museum” where jewels and costumes are preserved beside the paintings of the rulers.
Pro tip: avoid visiting during summers as the heat is unbearable.
2. Karni Mata temple
The temple of rats or Karni Mata temple is one of the unique temples that you will ever see. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, as the name suggests. Karni Mata is a personification of Durga Maa. Besides the pundits being the permanent residence here, more than 20,000 rats live in this temple too. They are worshipped here. The silver doors and beautiful carvings are also very attractive.
Things to do: explore the temple; listen to the stories of the significance of the temple etc.
Things to see: various deities, rats and the architecture of the temple.
Pro tip: Do not be afraid of rats.
3. National Research Centre of Camel
This is also one of the most important tourist places in Bikaner. National Research Centre on Camel is more of a breeding farm, which has about 230 camels of 3 different breeds. The centre is spread out over 2000 acres of semi-arid land and is managed by the Government of India. The place is open for visitors from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Things to do: Camel riding, safari and video/photograph etc.
Things to see: Camel Museum.
Pro tip: Do not forget to visit Camel milk parlour and try different camel milk products like ice-cream, hot and cold beverages.
4. Lalgarh Palace
Another stunning architectural masterpiece is this palace. The architecture is a beautiful blend of Rajput, Mughal, and European style. The Palace is now converted into a Heritage hotel. The Miniature Paintings that are related to Bikaner school of art, Terracotta Wares and armours are shown here. The artefacts belonging to Harappan civilization and Kushan and Gupta Age are also preserved here.
Things to see: Sadul Museum, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum etc.
Things to do: see the museum, explore the architecture, swimming in the indoor swimming pool, photography, stay in the heritage hotel etc.
Pro tip: the hotel is a heritage one. So, avoid it if you are travelling on a tight budget.
5. Gajner Palace & Wildlife Sanctuary
This place is on the list primarily for the wildlife enthusiasts. Located 32kms from Bikaner, this place was the hunting ground for Maharaja. But now, it is converted into a wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary shelters many species of animals like Chinkara (black buck), wild boar, nilgai. Glimpses of Sandgrouse are also an easy sight.
The Palace was where the Maharaja used to stay during the hunting period. It is a lakeside paradise in between the Thar Desert. It has red sandstone architecture.
Things to do: stay at the heritage hotel; take pictures, take the safari and watch animals, bird watching.
Things to see: wildlife sanctuary, Palace, Gajner Temple and Gajner Lake
Pro tip: Take an umbrella with you to bear the scorching heat.
6. Rampuria Haveli
You will see the best of the Rajputana architecture here. This place has Large, extravagant houses with intricate details of jharokhas and carvings. It is also like the palaces. Among all the others of its kind, this one is most popular because of its incredibly detailed architecture.
Things to do: explore the whole Haveli, rejoice in the ambience etc.
Pro tip: do not forget to click pictures of this. You rarely come across a place like this.
7. Shiv Bari temple
This is a temple in Bikaner dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a great religious importance and is also one of the finest examples of Rajputana architectures in the city. This is also built up of the red sandstone. The major attraction of this temple is the miniature idols that beautifully display the culture of Bikaner. The serene and calm environment around here adds to the feeling of this grandeur.
Things to do: explore the temple and see the miniature idols that tell about the culture of this place.
Pro tip: this temple opens on all the days of the week, from 7 am to 7 pm.
8. Kote Gate
This gate separates the new Bikaner from the old one. This is the first thing that you will see the moment you enter the city. It also has a beautiful architecture. On one side of the gate are the exquisitely constructed Rajputana Havelis and on the other side, is a market where you can kill time by shopping. You can also enjoy different Bikaneri sweets here.
Things to do: Marvel at the splendour of its architecture, shopping etc.
Pro tip: do not forget to buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the market.
9. Kodamdesar temple
Located on the outskirts of the city, this one has no structure of the temple. The shrine is basically a statue that presides over a marble platform. It does not have a roof either. This is probably the only temple in India where one has to pay an entry fee.
Things to do: see this different temple, roam around it etc.
Pro tip: visit here during the Bhadrapad Fair, when artisans and craftsmen from all over the state come to visit this temple. This is probably the best time to visit.
10. Devi Kund
The cremation ground of Bikaner’s royal family, this place is situated around 8kms from the main city. The royal cenotaphs were built here in the memory of the rulers of Bika dynasty. There are the cenotaphs of 22 female members of the royal family prior to Maharaja Gaj Sigh Ji, who committed sati. Every cenotaph displays an extraordinary Rajput skilfulness. This marvellous architecture is a must visit during your trip to Bikaner.
Things to do: you can pay a visit to Dargah of Rustal Ali Shah Peer which is located nearby.
Pro tip: do learn about the significance of the place. You will be surprised.
This was all about the city Bikaner. It is an amazing city where monuments and buildings were built by some best craftsmen. Do make a trip to that place and dive into its rich culture and food. It is yummy! If you have already visited here, then tell me if I missed anything in the comments down below.
Contributor: Akanksha Bha