Bikaner - The Camel Country
Bikaner, the fourth largest city of the desert state of Rajasthan, India is a famous tourist attraction, and an important destination of the triangle that include, besides Bikaner, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer. The place of the valiant Rajput warriors and Kings, the "Camel Country" reminds us of the many tales of unmatched chivalry, poise and valor for which the Rajput warriors of the bygone era were so famous for.
Founded by Rao Bika Ji who built the city on the barren parched Jungledesh, Bikaner is much famous for its many wonderful palaces, beautiful temples, imposing forts, sprawling deer parks, excellent Wood Fossil Park, stunning havelis, thrilling jeep and camel safaris, captivating sand dunes, and the graceful camels, besides, of course, the Bikaneri Bhujia and Bikaneri Namekeens.
Though the entire Bikaner is a wonderful tourist destination, there are some prominent attractions that must not be missed while on a visit to this beautiful part of the world. Among the local attractions, Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Camel Breeding Farm, Shri Laxminath Temple, Devi Kund Sagar (cenotaphs) are worth visiting. And, among the nearby attractions, Kalibangan, Karimal Rat Temple, and Gajner Sanctuary are worth visiting.
While the magnificent Junagarh Fort is the most famous landmark of Bikaner and an imposing fort in red sandstone and represents the Rajput architecture at its best, the sprawling Gajner Sanctuary is a wonderful natural habitat and an excellent destination for the wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. The beautiful Gajner Lake inside the sanctuary is a haven for the bird watchers and attracts migratory birds from distant lands.
How to reach
Bikaner is 317 km away from Jaipur, the state capital; and 243 km away from Jodhpur, another famous tourist destination of Rajasthan. Bikaner is well connected by road, rail, and air. The nearest airport is at Udaipur, the City of Lakes. From Bikaner, there's direct rail link to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh, besides many other major Indian cities. Good bus services are available from Bikaner to Jaipur, Agra, Haridwar, and Ahmedabad, besides some other major Indian cities.
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