Bikaner was founded in 1488 AD, by the Rathore prince, Bika the eldest son of Rao Jodha of Marwar, this is true desert country and situated directly on the ancient caravan routes
which linked west/central asia and North India with the seaports of Gujrat, making Bikaner a flourishing tade centre in the medieval period.
The town still preserves the aura of medieval times.
Bikaner is a city famous for it's work on carpets and namdas(coarse wollen rugs) and lately for it's Papad, Namkin Bhujia and Spongy Rasgullas. The master craftsmen of Bikaner have perfected the art of gold work on camel hide which is done nowhere else.
The places of interest are :
Other Sight Seeing Places :
National Reasearch centre on Camels (8 kms)This is the only
centre in the country for research on camels, a animal which is an integeral part of life in desert
.The efforts are being made to breed
camels with longer, thicker eyelashes to offer greater protection during sandstorms.
Devi kund (8 kms)
There are cenotaphs of the rulers of Bikaner at the place. The tank makes the place attractive.
Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok (32 kms)The temple is dedicated to the.
Charan woman Karni who is believed to have blessed Bika when he was still to establish the state. The main gate of the temple has attractive carvings.
The most surprising aspect of the temple are the rats which roam about unharmed. There is a belief that the souls of the devotees of the Karni Mata resides in rats and hence nobody ever think of causing any harm
to them. It is considered auspicious if one sees a white rat.
Gajner (32 kms)
Wildlife sanctuary is situated here.The lake at Gajner attracts water birds in thousands, the imperial sand grouse from siberia being most important of these. It is considered the prettiest place in the district with a lake, a palace, wooded hills and gardens. The palace served as a resort.
Kolayatji (50 kms)It is a hindu place of pilgrimage famous for the holiness of it's tank and considered one of the most sacred places in the country. It is associated with Kapil Muni
who is believed to be the originator of the sankhya system of Indian philosophy. It has many maginificent marble temples with sandstone Pavilions & Ghats (bathing places) which are located around an artificial lake.There is an annual fare at the place.
Kalibanga (205 kms)
A archaeologists delight, the findings of the remains of pre-Harappan and Harappan civilisation has generated immense interest.
It is almost as large as Harappa and mohenjodaro, and designed on the same plan.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
WHRE TO STAY :
The Camel Festival (January) A spectacular
event of camel performances, camel races, camel acrobatics, camel dances
and camel milking competition are a part of the celebrations.
Kolayat Fair ( November) Coincides with
Pushkar fair when pilgrims take a holy dip in the Koplyat take on the full
moon day in the month of Kartik.
Gangaur Festival (April) Dedicated to Goddess
Parvati-the consort of Lord Shiva. Grand processions of the deity
accompanied by dancing women are aprt of the eighteen day long
Holi: (March) Exuberant festivities beginning
several days before the actual day of Holi, make it a special and
/ MONEY CHANGERS
HERITAGE / PALACE
- Metro, Near Junagarh Fort ...528986
- Admiral Restaurant...527169
NOTE : Banks are closed on
Sundays and notified bank holidays, Saturdays are half working
DISTANCES TO SOME IMPORTANT TOURIST CENTRES
TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATION
Area: 38.10 sq. km.
Altitude : 237
Climate :Mean Max. Mean Min
Summer : 41.8 degree C 28.0
Winter : 23.2 degree C 5.0 degree C
Rainfall : 26-44
Best Season : October to March
Clothing : Summer Light
Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi,