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    Junagarh fort, Bikaner.

    by pfsmalo Written Jun 16, 2014

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    This immense fort, housing a Maharaja's palace is roughly 1 km in circumerence. Beautifully constructed in red sandstone, marble and ochre it has been astonishly well kept and of course, in part renovated. Built at the end of the 1500's by Maharaja Rai Singh, friend and also general of the armies of Akbar, a Moghol emperor. There are a multitude of courtyards, rooms and corridors to explore along with terraces and windows hidden by moucharabiers. These moucharabiers allowed the women to watch the festivals and dances without being seen by the men. A favourite place for a Sunday promenade for the men and women of Bikaner.

    Entrance fee is 100 INR. At the entrance they tell you to wait for a guide, but if you wander off on your own it's not a problem.

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    Devikund Sagar Cenotaphs.

    by pfsmalo Updated Jun 14, 2014
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    Not far from Bikaner are the impressive royal cenotaphs of Bikaner at Devikund Sagar. The mausoleums are a mixture of Hindu and Islamic styles. The earliest tomb here is from 1571 and is for Rao Kalyinmal . The earlier tombs are in a red sandstone and the later ones in white marble, one of which is a 16 columned affair devoted to Maharaja Anup Singh from 1698. The cenotaphs for male rulers have a vertical engraved slab while the women's cenotaphs have footprints engraved on a horizontal marble slab generally marked with red dye representing the blood of a woman that was cremated with her husband, brother or father.

    Entrance fee is 10 INR for all.

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    Sri Sadul museum, Lallgarh palace, Bikaner.

    by pfsmalo Written Jun 14, 2014
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    Located to the left just inside the gates to the grounds of Lallgarh palace, the museum has some 22 rooms and is no longer situated in the main building since 2008. Some www sites give erroneous info. The Maharaja Ganga Singh trust looks after the museum. Mainly dedicated to Maharaji Ganga,Sadul and Karni Singh.There are many photos of British royalty and of Indian rulers at home and abroad. Other artifacts and objects and exchanged gifts are on view including a railway coach used by the Maharaja and family members.

    Open from 10h00 until 17h00 every day, entrance fee is 50 INR for foreigners.

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    Lallgarh palace. Bikaner.

    by pfsmalo Written Jun 14, 2014
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    Around 2 kms from Junagarh fort and the centre of Bikaner is the palace of Lallgarh. Built by Maharaji Ganga Singh in memory of his father between 1896 and 1902, this fine building in red sandstone has been renovated and is now a luxurious hotel. There is no cost for visiting the grounds and you are free to walk through the gardens to the inner courtyard, spotting the many parakeets flying around.

    FYI, a double room w/out b'fast starts at around 85€

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    Devi Kund Sagar:Royal family cenotaphs

    by vinod-bhojak Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    Cenotaphs at Devi Kund Sagar, Bikaner
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    one of the most amazing and beautiful places in Bikaner is the Devi-Kund Sagar. It belonged to the royal family of the city of Bikaner. This place is of much historical importance as the royal family members were cremated here. The cenotaphs of the royal family members were cremated here. There are numerous arched domes built in the memory of the rulers of Bikaner and their queens and children. The members of ruling family of Bikaner subsequent to Jet Singh, the great grandson of Rao Bikaji, have been cremated here. On the sides of reservoir of water lie the Royal cenotaphs of rulers of Bikaner dynasty from Rao Kalyan Singhji to last Maharaji Karni Singhji as well as those of their wives and other important members of families. There are cenotaphs of 22 'Satis' of the royal family prior to Maharaja Gaj Sigh Ji (1745-1787). There is also one cenotaph of a 'Sata' (male sati) of a rulerWhile most of the cenotaphs are made of marble, some are built from red Bikaneri sandstone and topped with a marble chhatri. An exploration of the various cenotaphs reveal the differences in the representation of cenotaphs for men, women and children. While the cenotaph of a male has a vertical memorial slab, that of a female has feet engraved on a stone slab. A memorial for a minor is a simple structure called nada and does not have a chhatri covering it

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    Kolayat: Holy Lake

    by vinod-bhojak Written Mar 1, 2014

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    Kolayat is 51 Km Far from Bikaner on highway leading to Jaisalmer Its an old pilgrimage centre where Kapil Muni of the vedic fame is believed to have shed his body under a Peepul tree.Kolayat has a series of charming marble temple, sandstone pavilions and 32 ghats (bathing places) built around a huge artificial lake which never goes dry.

    Here one can see sadhus and pilgrams taking a holy dip, surrounded by the vast emptiness of a timeless atmosphere and the golden desert. On Karthik Purnima day a grand fair is held in which devotees from all over the country come to take a holy bath in the lake.
    A famous pilgrimage spot with a temple dedicated to Kapil Muni (saint) Kapil Muni sat in meditation near lake. Muni was profounder of Sankhya Philosophy The temple is the venue for an annual fair held in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) when the thousands of devotees gather in a large number to take a sacred dip in the holy waters of the Kolayat lake( Kapil Sarovar) on the full moon day. Lake is considered to have the effect of washing off the sins of devotees. A cattle fair ,especially for the trading of camels is a part of he festivities.The town is connected to Bikaner by road as well as rail.

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    Junagarh Fort

    by vinod-bhojak Written Mar 1, 2014

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    The Junagarh Fort is an impressive fort in the city of Bikaner. It was built in 1588 AD by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1611 AD.It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan not built on a hilltop.inside you can see the richness of the former rulers scraped together from all over the world.The Junagarh fort of Rajasthan is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, made in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows dotted all over the structure.
    The imposing fort of Rajasthan has 986 long walls with 37 bastions and two entrances. Junagarh Fort of Rajasthan contains 37 palaces and many temples and pavilions. A measure feature of Junagarh fort of Rajasthan is the superb quality of the stone carving-it rivals the best anywhere in the world. Many of the inner rooms of the palaces are beautifully decorated and painted in traditional style.
    The two important gates that lead to the stately Junagarh Fort in Bikaner of Rajasthan are known as Surajpol and Daulatpol. Suraj Pol, meaning the sun gate, was the main gate to the fort and is east facing. The other gates that lead to the Junagarh Fort interiors are the Karan Pol, Chand Pol and the Fateh Pol.
    The Daulatpol is historically significant as you can see handprints of the royal ladies who committed sati on the pyres of their deceased husbands on the Sati Stambh.

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    Victory tower of Bikaner

    by vinod-bhojak Written Feb 11, 2014

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    Victory tower In Bikaner built for memory of soldiers who died during the 1st and 11nd world war.The Maharaja of Bikaner Gangasingh was army commader in Brtish army. he commanded the Bikaner Camel Corps which served in France, Egypt and Palestine.

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    Beautiful silver doors at Deshnok(Rats Temple)

    by vinod-bhojak Written Feb 10, 2014

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    All the entrances beautiful silver doors of Rats temple in Deshnok made by local silversmith of Bikaner area. You can also find lions and elephants and other such carvings and statues of many god and goddess and other Interesting scene, the temple doors is so attractive. you also can see picture carving on silver doors of Karni mata with rats.

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    Deshnok- Famous for Rats temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written Feb 10, 2014

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    The most famous temple dedicated to Karni Mata is at Deshnoke, 30km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats..It is connected by national highway and rail. It is a pilgrim centre of Karni Mata –said to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga-who lived here in the fourteenth century and performed many miracles.Karni mata lived on earth 152 years and this long life she spent like a nun.The rats are very sacred in this temple. These rats are considered as holy It is believed that there are around 20,000 rats here. They are seen everywhere.the local people( Charan caste) think the rats are their forefather and when they die they also become a rats.if you see white rat you can be lucky.
    .In front of the temple is a beautiful marble facade, which has solid silver doors built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Across the doorway are more silver doors with panels depicting the various legends of the Goddess. The image of the Goddess is enshrined in the inner sanctum

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    Raj Ratan Bihari Temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Raj Ratan Bihari and Rasik Siromani Temples at Bikaner reflect the true essence of beauty and its a good place to visit in Bikaner The atmosphere in and around the temple is very nice This splendid temple building made of red stand stone and white marble. It is a fine example of Indo-Mugal architecture, situated on K.E.M (King Edward Memorial) main road of Bikaner. The temple was built by the 18th rular of Bikaner state, in 1846 A.D. It is dedicated to Lord Krisna
    Note: - You may take photograph of temple building from outside and inside, but Photography of the idol is prohibited.

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    BhandaSha JainTemple: standing on clarified butter

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 22, 2013

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    This temple is Carved in red sand stone and white marble - its famous for carvings ,wall paintings , structural beauty and artisticly designed statues. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah: and their gold leaf paintings are noteworthy.This temple is oldest existing structure in Bikaner. The beautiful temple was erected near Laxminath temple in 1514A.D. by two brothers Bhandeshwar and Sandheswar and named after them. This marvel piece of architecture is dedicated to 23rd teerthankar "PARSVANATH JI".The merchant was very particular about every penny in his personal life but when it came to religious point he ordered for Ghee (Clarified Butter) and coconuts to be freely used in the foundation. Old people tell a very interesting story that they heard from their ancestors. As per their accounts, the architect who had been entrusted by Bhanda Shah to build a magnificent temple, because of a small incident, felt that Bhanda Shah was a miser. He feared that Bhanda Shah would not be able to spend the huge amount of money necessary to construct a grand temple and the whole project would therefore be left unfinished due to the lack of budget. Before starting the construction work, the architect wished to make sure that Bhanda Shah would provide the required budget. In order to test Bhanda Shah, he said to him that a huge amount of ghee and coconut would be needed to fill the foundation of the proposed temple. The architect was sure that Bhanda Shah would never agree to it, as ghee and coconut were, like today, so costly in those days. But, to the architect's surprise, Bhanda Shah was ready for it.

    On the day the foundation of the temple was to be filled, Bhanda Shah brought hundreds of huge pots containing ghee. There were an equal number of bags of coconuts on the construction site. The architect realised he had the wrong impression of Bhanda Shah who was actually a magnanimous person. He had now become convinced that there would be a ceaseless flow of money from Bhanda Shah for the construction of the temple. He asked him to take all ghee and coconuts back, as there was no need to fill the foundation with them. He further explained to him that what he had earlier said to him was only to test him. But Bhanda Shah insisted that he would not take back ghee and coconuts meant for the temple. The foundation was thus filled with ghee and coconuts. Fame of the temple travelled far and wide, and the most of residents of the walled city now know this story.

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    Wonderful Havelis

    by vinod-bhojak Updated Sep 25, 2013

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    The beautiful red sandstone houses of Bikaner's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis'. most of havelis made by red sandstone. its a soft stone so easy to make carving.most windows of house made by wood & Belgium glass and ceiling also made by wood to keep room cool in summer time .You also can see Italian marble flooring inside the house.There are a number of historically and architecturally significant havelis in Bikaner , most of which are situated in the old city of Bikaner.
    Most of the Havelis of Bikaner were constructed in between the 18th century and the early 20th century. During the British Raj
    The largest havelis could have up to three or four courtyards and were two to three stories high. Most of the havelis are empty nowadays or are maintained by a watchman (typically an old man). While many others have been converted into hotels and places of tourist attraction.owner of Havelis(rich merchants) have permanently settled down in the big cities like Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Cheenai,where they have big business or industries.only sometimes come to Bikaner

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    Camel Breeding Centre - Bikaner

    by al2401 Written Sep 8, 2013

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    Camels have been essential for survival in the desert since time began and they still play a very important role today. Because of this the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner on 5th July 1984 under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Centre on Camel (NRCC) on September 20, 1995.

    The centre is a great place to visit to learn about all things camel. You get to see the different breeds of camel and their different uses and behaviours. There is a museum and outlet for camel milk ice-cream and another for other camel products.

    The centre is open every day from 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.

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    Camel safari to a desert camp

    by al2401 Written Sep 8, 2013

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    There are a variety of safaries available from Bikaner. Some involve a camel or camel cart ride out to the camp while others transport you to the camp and you ride your camel on a trip from the camp. Some of the camps involve sleeping bags and stars while others offer tents of varying levels of luxury. All offer a local show of music and dancing with the evening meal.

    I was taken out to the camp by vehicle and did a 2 hour camel ride in the cooler part of the day. We had quite large tents with a made bed and a separate area that had a toilet and hand basin with running water during the day while the generator was running.

    If you haven't done a camel ride it is worthwhile. I had done one before but I still enjoyed the entertainment, The sunset and sunrise were magical and I have rarely seen so many stars.

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