Bikaner is the fourth largest city of Rajasthan, surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is famous for the Junahgarh Fort and the Karni Mata Temple. Located in the northwest region of Rajasthan, Bikaner is the administrative headquarters of the Bikaner district. The day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered as the foundation day of the city. A great celebration takes place in the city on the day of Akshaya Tritiya that lasts for two days. The celebration is done by flying kites and eating delicious Rajasthan food with Bajre ka Khichda and Imli ka Paani as the main items of the feast. The weather here remains warm throughout the festival but still the people enjoy the festival and the sky can be seen full of kites from early morning to late sunset. From the cultures of the city it could clearly be observed that Bikaner was having a glorious past when it was ruled by various Kings. The Palace of Lalgarh was converted into a heritage hotel and the royal family still lives there. Bikaner has been an important trade route between Central Asia and the Gujarat coast since years and is supporting the country economically.

What all to see in Bikaner ?

Bikaner is famous for The Junahgarh Fort which is a must watch on visiting the city. The temples and palaces of the Fort are now preserved as museums and they totally depict the lavish lifestyle of the Maharanas of Rajasthan who ruled the city in the past. The insight view of the fort is made beautiful through paintings on the walls and the architecture. The next is The Laxmi Niwas Palace that was the palace of a Hindu ruler but is now transformed into a luxurious heritage hotel. It was designed by a British architecture who designed it by the use of red sandstone. This is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Bikaner.

The Karni Mata Temple is best for the religious people to explore. Karni Mata is known as the Goddess of War. Maharajas of Bikaner and Jodhpur requested the Karni Mata to lay the foundation of the Bikaner Fort. As the incarnation of the warrior goddess Durga, Karni Mata is worshipped by her followers. The most famous to be noticed in the temple are the white rats. These white rats are treated as sacred and are worshipped, given food and protection in the temple. The Bhandasar Temple is a Jain Temple famous for its beautiful leaf paintings and ornamented mirror work on the walls of the temple. There are legendary stories about the temple and it is said that instead of water, ghee was used in the construction of this temple.

Bikaner is well connected by roads and rail to various major cities. The city could also be reached by air. To travel the deserts and explore the wildlife and vegetation, camel safaris are offered. To have a tour of the city, there are taxis, rickshaws and tongas available inside the city.

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