Gajner Palace is a 30-minute drive from Bikaner.The Royal family of Bikaner has created many numerous architectural marvels in Bikaner. The Gajner palace, often remembered as ‘a jewel in Thar desert', was conceptualized as a summer resort for the royal families Gajner Palace was built on the banks of Gajner Lake by Sir Ganga Singhji, one of the greatest Maharajas of Bikaner, in the early decades of the twentieth century. Gajner Palace was used as a hunting resort by the former Maharajas and visiting British Viceroys and dignitaries,Luxuriously appointed suites and rooms are spacious with high ceilings, old fashioned brass beds, carved fireplaces, antique wooden dressing tables, old English wallpaper and jharokas that afford stunning views of the lake and the Palace’s own wildlife sanctuary. The palace has been partially converted into a heritage hotel.
Gajner Palace has a private wildlife sanctuary home to endangered antelopes like chinkaras, black bucks, neelgais and other animals. During winter, the lake is home to migratory birds including the Imperial Sand Grouse.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Watch Vultures in Bikaner
Jorbeer is a small protected forest area about 15 km from the Bikaner. The area is a dumping site for carcasses of dead animals of the city. About 50 carcasses are dumped daily at the site after skinning the dead cattle. These carcasses are the perfect feed for the vultures which can be seen feasting on them.
A rough estimate puts the number of migratory vultures at about 1,200 at Jorbeer (Bikaner). The area also hosts a resident population of about 600 vultures. The place nowadays is dominated by big sized migrant Eurasian Griffon variety which is about one meter long and with a wingspan of 265 cm looks intimidating with grayish black colour.
Three migratory varieties are seen in the area and they are Eurasian Griffon coming from Spain and Turkey, Cinereous from Mongolia and Tibet and Himalayan Griffons from Central Asia. The later two varieties are less in number while the Eurasian comes in large number.
The local varieties are Egyptian and King Vulture.The migratory vultures start coming in October and stay till February-March, they come here to pass harsh winters at their native place.
5000 Demoiselle Cranes In Khichen village
Khichan is a village(near Phalodi) in the between Bikaner to Jaisalmer that in recent years has established a tradition of feeding wild birds, including Demoiselle Cranes that winter here every year. Up to 5,000 kilograms of bird seed are consumed every day by the feeding birds.in this village you can see more then 5000 Demoiselle Cranes from as early as September each year to as late as March of the following year. The village, which has become popular among bird watchers.
Jaisalmeri Breed Camel
The Jaisalmeri camels are well known for riding and race potential.They have small head and mouth with narrow muzzle.Also, there is no luxuriant growth of hairs on their eyebrows, eyelids and ears. The body colour is predominantly light brown. The Jaisalmeri camels have thin skin and short hairs on body.Jaisalmeri breed encompasses the Jaisalmer, Barmer and part of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan.
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Bikaneri Breed Camel
The colour of the coat varies from brown to black, however in some animals reddish tinge is also found. They have symmetrical body and slightly dome shaped head.Some camels of this breed have a luxuriant growth of hair on their eyebrows, eyelids and ears, they are called ‘jheepra’. Bikaneri camels are predominantly bred in Bikaner and near by districts, such as Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Nagaur of Rajasthan and adjoining parts of Haryana and Punjab state.
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Camel Research Farm/Camel Breeding Farm
Camel Research Farm (10 km) South of Bikaner Spend a day with the indispensable ship of the desert at their camel research and breeding centres which is only one of its kinds in Asia. The farm extends over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the Central Government. These camels are sold in the cattle fairs of Bikaner and Jaisalmer where they are decorated in all their fineries which are colorful and attractive, complementing the brown terrains of the desert.
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Desert safaris around Bikaner
There are a number of operators in Bikaner offering desert safaris, using 4WD vehicles, camels and a mixture of both. Visitors have the choice of a short trip around areas close to the city, or long day trips covering rarely visited places and beautiful desert villages. Multi-day trips are also available. Prices vary considerably, but beware of very cheap offerings by the touts, who seem to be everywhere, and who channel you towards the big operators. Shop around and expect to pay a reasonable amount for a quality experience. By going with a specialist operator, it's possible to organise a safari focusing on your interests. This is especially important if you want to see elusive desert wildlife, whilst ensuring you don't contribute to damaging the delicate desert environment.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
The lake and forested hills of this reserve, 32 km from Bikaner on the Jaisalmer road, are inhabited by wildfowl, hares , wild boar, desert foxes and a number of deer and antelopes including black bucks and blue bulls. The lake at Gajner attracts water birds in thousands. Imperial sand house migrate here in winter. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, houses the former Hunting lodge of Bikaner and has a beautiful lake surrounded by a dense forest.
It can be visited by jeeps with the forest officers as the guides.
Entry Fee Rs 100 per head
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Walking through the streets
We have a housenumber or a private plate !
They have a whole history showed at the entrance - telling how important the (former) householder was ! Fascinating !! and indeed - every picture is a story of believe or memory !
Bikaner - Gainer
A little to the south of Bikaner - you will find a former hunting lodge of the Marahadjas.
The lake is impressive - the small pavillions too.
They use to tell a story - an Indian legend.
Go and visit them;
Bikaner - wall decoration
Strolling around in Bikaner - you will find some restored nice buildings - colorfull and telling the story of the country - many times explored and colonised by western imperiums!