Bikaner is a land of many palaces that have been constructed over the centuries and reflect the Architectural beauty. The various monuments have a strong influence of the Mughal architecture. The city of Bikaner is also popularly referred as the Camel City, known for the best riding camels in the world.
Different palaces in Bikaner are now open to the public. One of them is Lalgarh Palace. It is truly an architectural beauty of Rajasthan. This imposing red- sand stone palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in 1902 A. D. He got this palace constructed in the memory of his father, Maharaja Lal Singh. It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. The architecture of this place showcases an amazing blend of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. The intricately carving on red stone reflects the skills of great local craftsmen.
Lalgarh palace has a library. It has the largest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts. A portion of the palace has now become heritage hotel whereas the other part of the palace serves as the dwelling of the royal family. The palace encompasses a rich collection of impressive paintings and hunting trophies of the old Maharajas.
The blooming terraced gardens of this palace are beautifully adorned with Bougainvillea bushes. Peacocks strolling around this huge palace make a great visual treat. This architectural masterwork also incorporates latticework and filigree work. This beautiful palace is an oasis amidst the drudgery of the Thar Desert.
Other Attractions of Bikaner
Junagarh Fort can also be visited during your visit to Bikaner. Built by Rai Singh, the fort has a 986 metre long wall and has two entrances. Located at a height of 700 feet above sea level, it overlooks the city. The fort is beautifully decorated with outstanding stone carvings. You can also find several major buildings in the fort like Anup Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Diwan-E-Khas, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal, Rang Mahal, Ganga Mahal and Dungar Mahal.
The Fort Museum is located inside the Junagarh Fort. The museum also has a rich collection of weaponry, antiques, jade handle daggers, camel guns, inlaid handguns and camel hide shields.
Karni Mata Temple is also famous attractions of Bikaner. Thousands of rats come in this temple and it is believed that these rats are auspicious.
Camel Breeding Farm is located 8 km from the city. It is the largest farm in Asia and is known for producing the fastest riding camels in the world.
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