Bikaner does not have a long list of places to see, so ideal for a memorable weekend (2/3 days) trip rich in history, heritage and beliefs. There are direct overnight trains from Delhi and vice versa giving you two full days. What will be on your itinerary? Here it is but before that a little trivia.
How did Bikaner get it’s name? Before the present Junagarh Fort was built, an old stone fort existed in the city. This fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika who established the city of Bikaner in 1472. Rao Bika was the second son of Maharaja Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan, the founder of Jodhpur city. The name Bikaner was derived from its founder Rao “Bika”
The beautiful Junagadh Fort (Click here to read about it)
The must visit Prachina Museum (Click here to read about it)
Sadul Museum in Lalgarh Palace complex
Admire old havelis with their beautiful jharokhas and doors, if photography and history of architecture of times gone by interest you. You must get up early in the morning to have a peaceful walk down the by lanes (Rampuria street being the most famous) of old Bikaner.
Laxminathji and Bhandasar Jain temples for the religious and with an interest in temples and their history.
Nearby excursions which should be clubbed with trip to Bikaner:
The famous “Rat Temple” Deshnok Karni Mata temple (Click here to read about it)
Lesser known ICAR’s National Camel Research Centre (Click here to read about it)
19th century Shiv Baari Temple
Gajner Palace, a lakeside palace-complex (now a hotel) adjoining a sanctuary, in the middle of Thar desert
Unfortunately some other famous palaces too have been turned into hotels so not a typical tourist site like the Lalgarh & the Laxmi Niwas Palace.
Pick up camel products from the old Bikaner city or the camel research institute and bikaneri namkeen as gifts / souvenir.
Where did I stay? Read all about it here Jaswant Bhawan
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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe