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Bikaner – The City of Beautiful Palaces and Temples
Famous Tourist Places in Bikaner
Junagarh Fort: The fort, which was built by then king , Raj Singh, a general in army of Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor, is the most famous monuments of Bikaner. The fort took 5 years to be built and was constructed between 1588 and 1593. The fort, which is surrounded by nearly 986 m long wall, is renowned for its immense structure and magnificent architectural design. It features two entrances, a moat and 37 bastions. and the entrance is not placed on a raised platform, which is quite unlike other forts. Other prominent attractions such as:
All these mentioned attractions are placed inside the fort. In addition, it also has a beautiful Har Mandir, which used to be the place of worship for royal family.Gajner Palace: This prominent tourist attraction of Bikaner is located on the bank of a lake and was constructed by then Maharaja, Raja Ganga Singh Ji, the legendary ruler of the kingdom of Bikaner. During the ancient times, the palace acted as the hunting and retreating lodge for the King of Bikaner and royal family. The palace is constructed from red sandstone, and features intricately carved pillars, jharokhas and screens, which present a perfect example of great craftsmanship. The palace is situated in the heart of a thick forest, where visitors can spot a wide range of migratory birds including the Imperial Sand Goose, apart from animals such as Antelopes and Black Bucks Nilgais, Chinkaras, Blue Bull and Deer.
Lalgarh Palace: This palace, which was constructed in 1902 by Maharaja Ganga Singh, to commemorate his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji, is another major tourist hotspot of Bikaner. The magnificent construction of the palace in red sandstone is a symbol of excellent architectural skill. The designing of the palace, was done by Sir Swinton Jacob. it features fine filigree work and lattice work done in sandstone. This palace is constructed in the combined architectural skill so of European, Mughal and Rajput style. The palace has beautiful gardens with bougainvillea trees and dancing peacocks.
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