Bikanar has a history of more than 600 years and is one of the most culturally and historically vibrant cities of Rajasthan. It was established in the year 1488 AD by a Rajput Prince named Rao Bika Ji. It is a city of imposing palaces, forts and stunning temples which boasts of marvellous architecture and design. It is believed to be a place that produces warriors and one of the most important cities of Rajput Civilization. A well planned Bikaner Tour Package will give you the opportunity to explore this city like never before. The tour package to Bikaner will take care of all your basic travel needs like tickets, accommodation, guide service etc. and all you have to do is relax and enjoy the beauty of this place.
Tourists places in and around
Bikaner has a lot of places to see and enjoy. Some of them are as follows:
Junagarh Fort – this is a magnificent fort which was constructed by Raja Rai Singh in the year 1593. It is believed that crocodiles were bred in the
moat that surrounded this fort for extra security. This fort is a fine combination of Mughal, Gujrati and Rajput style of architecture. It has a picturesque courtyard and many other structures like Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal and Hawa Mahal.
Lalgarh Palace this place was built in the year 1902 by Maharaja Ganga Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji. It is made of red sandstone and is an impressive structure and gives a brilliant example of the glorious history of the rulers of this region. It is a blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture and has massive lawns, library, card rooms, billiards room and many other structures. It would be a delight to visit this place.
Gajner Palace this palace is located by the side of a lake and was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji. It was used as a hunting retreat by the royal family and is made of red sandstone. This is a stunning example of Rajput architecture and is surrounded by a thick forest. From here you will get to see a lot of migratory birds and other wild animals.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary this sanctuary is located amidst a beautiful scenic landscape and is home to some unique plants and animals. Some of the wildlife found here are blue bulls, Indian antelopes, Indian hares, antelopes, deers, wild boars and many more. Some of the interesting activities you can do out here are jeep safaris and jungle safaris.
Ganga Singh Museum this museum was founded by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1937 and houses many articles of historical importance. These collections show that society was civilized even before the emergence of Harappan civilization.
Activities to Enjoy at Bikaner
There are a host of things you can do out here to have a good time. From visiting the historical places like forts, palaces and temples to enjoying the beauty of nature in the lakes and wildlife sanctuary and sand dunes, there is so much to do. You can go for an exciting camel safari in the desert or for a jeep safari in the jungles. Shopping out here can be a great experience and so would be tasting various local delicacies and food items.
Thar Camel Safari- Rajasthan being the only desert rich state in country has led it to have the ship of the desert i.e. the camel being a common sight here. We all must have in some part of our lives wanted to ride a camel across the desert just like some old Arabian fairytale hero. So when you are at the desert state of India you can fulfill your wishes by taking a Thar Camel Safari. The camel safaris range anywhere from between 2 to 15 day, which you could choose according to your time, budget and thirst for thrill. If you are not up for a long safari, you can even opt for an hour or two long rides across the desert. The grand feeling of navigating along the sea of sand atop a camel that makes its way through golden sand dunes is something that you can always look back with a sense of adventure and fondness. If you opt for the longer safaris, you get a much more vibrant experience of the desert life, Rajasthani culture, cuisine and the folk dances. You will be put up in tents while on the safari and during the evenings you will be treated to the finest Rajasthani hospitality.
Skybird water park- Since Bikaner is quite a hot place you will definitely want to cool off and what better way to do so than in a water park. The Skybird waterpark is located at a distance of about 8 kilometers from the town and is known to be the ultimate destination to cool off, have fun, relax and unwind whilst beating the heat. This particular water park which was established in the year 1999 as a part of the Ess EII Entertainments is also known to be the largest such park in Western Rajasthan. Being a great place to beat the scorching heat, this place is the favorite haunt of both locals as well as tourists.
Visiting Lalgarh Palace-
this is one of the most visited monuments in all of Bikaner owing to its great history as well as design. This particular colossal monument was built by the erstwhile ruler of Bikaner known as Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his late father. The palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob who fused three different types of architectural magnificence namely Mughal, Rajput and European to create the structure that you see standing today. The uniqueness of the art work displayed here is that of the lattice work and filigree etched in sandstone. The palace is open to visitors during 10 am and 5 pm. There is an entry fee charged which is Rs. 10 for Indian national and Rs. 20 for foreign nationals.
National Camel Research Centre- there aren’t many centers such as these in India so when you are here do take up this fine opportunity to get to know these gentle creatures at a more personal level. The center is also Asia’s largest camel farm and offers a great insight into camel behaviors, training and rearing. One can fondle baby camels, go for camel rides and visit the in house camel museum. You can also try camel products such as camel milk, whipped camel milk called as lassi, skimmed milk of camel etc. This particular center is located at a distance of about 8 kilometers from the city towards the eastern side. The opening and closing time of this center is between 2 pm to 6pm. There is also an entrance fee attached to it which is a mere Rs.10, the rides and guided tours have extra charges levied on them.