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Situated in the middle of the Thar desert, Bikaner is a partially desert city, in Rajasthan, famous for its camels, snacks and wool production. A princely state, it offers a splendid royal charm of the Rajputs of Rajasthan along with every day necessities in the modern world and thereby improving its tourism in leaps and bounds. You can have a typical Rajasthani cultural trip here, where you can find the colorful souvenir stalls at every corner and a fine melody of the folk music in every desert.

With a very ethnic charm, Bikaner's royal forts and palaces give you an intense look into the history and heritage of Rajasthan, its royalties and its people.

Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

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A tour in Bikaner has to begin with the magnificent palaces and forts. The Junagarh Fort, provides a look into the Imperial Mughal styled architecture, with the courts and buildings carved, inspired by Mughal art. The famous Lakshmi Niwas Palace, constructed in an Indo Saracenic style in the red sandstone, is now a luxury hotel. Also the gorgeous Lalgarh Palace, the newest addition to the Rajput, Mughal and European styled architectures, has all the modern style additions in the structure like, Italian Colonnades, and intricate latticework and filigree work. This is also a Modern Heritage Hotel.

The Lakshmi Nath Temple, one of the oldest in Bikaner, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a 15th century building. Bhandasar Jain Temple, dedicated to the 5th Tirthankar of Jains, Lord Sumatinath, is extremely popular for its beauty and height. The wall paintings and the art work of this temple is splendid, drawing acute tourist attraction.

Kolayat and Mukam, are two pilgrimage areas in Bikaner, where you can find a lot of yogis praying or meditating in the lakes.

The Bikaner Camel Festival, is the major celebration of this place,where a splendid display of the arts and culture of the entire Rajasthan is organized. In the month of January, with a lot of camels, many locals and outsiders gather in the desert of Bikaner and fills the place with fireworks, camel dancing and enchanting music. Gangaur Festival is celebrated throughout the state in the month of Holi, by the women who worship Goddess Gauri, Shiva's consort. It is a colorful celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. The festival of Aksaye Tritya or Akkha Teej, is celebrated with grand fervor, by flying kites and women singing folk songs while taking swing delights.

You can shop for innumerable handicrafts, leather articles and colorful traditional outfits from any local market. Shop for the best Bikaneri bhujia, a salty snack and delicate woolen material. The beautifully carved Jharokhas, decorative windows for houses, carved out of red sandstone can also be bought here, which were also used in the old palaces and forts of the place. The centre for Usta art, Bikaner provides brilliant embossed and unembossed patterned objects with layering of gold. Buy these objects and paintings from the antique markets of Bikaner.

The Rasgullas and crispy Bhujiya Papad of Bikaner are very famous and must be shopped for.

How to reach Bikaner

By Air
The airports at Jaipur and Jodhpur provide the best air connectivity to Bikaner.

By Rail
The Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station offer easy and comfortable passage to Bikaner from various cities.

By Road
Various bus services, taxi, cab and AC tourist buses are available to Bikaner from all the major cities of the country.

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