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BIKANER- The Famous Desert district of Rajasthan world famous for camels, sun and sands.

Founded by Rao Bika in 1486 the Bikaner city was just a small town now it has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan.

Founded in the 15th century Bikaner, earlier bikaner was popular as Jangladesh which was a part of northern Rajasthan. This region is bounded by Marwar and Jaisalmer district, on the east by Ajmer-Merwara district.

The local culture and heritage makes traveling to Bikaner a unique experience. Best time to travel to Bikaner is during the winters. a perfect time to visit to the city is in January as the city hosts the annual Camel Fair. Bikaner is well-known city for its delicacy such as "Bikaneri Bhujia" and various sweets. Bikaner has a very well-known handicraft industry that is famous for its leather articles.

Attractions in Bikaner and nearby

Junagarh Fort
The fort was built by Raja Rai Singh (1571 to 1612). Rai Singh had conquered major part of Marwar. he was also commander of Mughal emperor Akbar and for his services he had been granted territory in Gujurat and Burhanpur.  

Laxmi Niwas Palace
The Laxmi Niwas Palace was used to be presidential palace of the king of Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh. It was designed by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902. It is now a luxury hotel owned by Golden Triangle Fort & Palace P. Ltd. The magnificent structure in red sandstone is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Bikaner.

Lalgarh Palace
Lalgarh Palace was built between 1902 and 192, which have impression of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The building was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881 - 1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh and was designed by the British architect, Sir Swinton Jacob. It is made of red sandstone and has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. The building features magnificent pillars, elaborate fireplaces, Italian colonnades and intricate latticework and filigree work. With its magnificent sculpture and art work the palace is now used as the Shri Sadul Museum and has also the fourth largest library in the world. Some part of the palace is being as used a hotel which is operated by the Welcome Heritage Group.

Kolayat and karni mata temple
A famous pilgrimage place Kolayat, which is near the lake and has a temple dedicated to Kapil Muni who, according to his devotees, sat in meditation near the lake where the temple is built.

Karni Mata is known to be as an incarnation of Goddess Durga has a shrine located in the town of Deshnoke 30 km south from Bikaner on the road to Jodhpur.

Fairs and festivals

• Karni Mata fair
• Gangaur
• Kapil Muni fair
• Camel festival: it is the government who organizes this festival and is one of the most important tourist attraction of the region which is held every January .

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