Bikaner

# Location: Situated in North West of Rajasthan. (231 kms from Jaipur)
Population: 7,500,000
Area: 38.1 sq. Km.
Altitude: 237 mts.
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 0151

If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it is located in North West part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It’s lust for "dessert “or affection for "desert" that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.

#Bikaner was formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner. It has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. Just like Jaipur, Bikaner is called the Green City. The Ganga Canal completed in 1928 and the Indira Gandhi Canal completed in 1987 have allowed the farming of crops such as mustard, cotton and wheat. Other industries include wool production and the mining of gypsum, plaster of Paris and bentonite.

Bikaner is famous for its "Bikaneri Bhujia" and its sweets. Bikaneri Bhujia is a spicy snack made from moth dal, spices and edible oil. Bikaner is also known for its handicrafts and leather articles, for its palaces and for having Asia''''s biggest camel farm.

#The city is also known for its intricately carved Jharokas. These red sandstone stone jalis (screens) are found on the windows of the Junagarh fort, temples and havelis (mansions of Northern India). Jalis would be used for ventilation and for women to watch the world while remaining hidden. The red sandstone for these stone window screens was supplied by the nearby village of Dulmera

Places of Interest:

• Junagarh Fort • Lallgarh Palace • Gajner Palace • Prachina Museum • Devi Kund Sagar (Cenotaphs) • Shri Laxminath Temple • Bikaneri Havalis