Prior to the mid-15th Century, Bikaner was a barren land with no life & rightly known as "Jangladesh". Rao Bika, the eldest son of Maharaja Rao Jodha – who was the founder of Jodhpur, established the city of Bikaner in 1488, as he wants his own kingdom. During the reign of its 6th ruler, Maharaja Rai Singhji, Bikaner flourished both economically & historically, as it also comes under the governance of the Mughal Empire.
Some fine architectural example of same are Junagarh fort (Chintamani durg), Karan Mahal Palace, Zenana quarter & Chandra Mahal – build during same duration.
By the 18th Century, the state was under British rule, during which Bikaner wealth and prosperity grows considerably. Junagarh fort was refurbished, Badal Mahal, Ganga Niwas Mahal (Lalgarh Palace) was constructed during this period.
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Air: - Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport to Bikaner. As Jodhpur airport is well connected to the rest of the country, visitors can visit Bikaner easily after their arrival at Jodhpur.
Train: - Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station are two railway station which connects visitors to various destinations such as Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and many more.
Road: - Bikaner is well connected with roads and is linked directly to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Ludhiana, Sri Ganganagar, Bhatinda, Ambala, Panipat, Ahmedabad, Haridwar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and many other cities. Regular buses operate between Bikaner and major nearby cities.
Originally famous as 'Chintamani Mahal', Junagarh Fort was built in the year 1589. Built under the supervision of Karan Chand, the fort has a history of not being captured despite several attacks even though it is not built on a hilltop. The fort is ruled by 16 generations of Rajput & showcasing their interests in a different style of architecture. Many Temples, palaces, pavilions are situated inside fort's compound.
Lalgarh Palace - another architectural masterpiece, is situated in Bikaner. Built with Indo-Saracenic style, by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, between 1902 and 1926, in memory of his father. The palace has its own museum and the fourth largest library in the world. A part of the Palace is now renovated into a luxury hotel where guest can treat themselves with luxury, embracing India's heritage.
Shri Laxminath Temple
Shri Laxminath Temple dates back to 1488 AD. Built by Maharaja Rao Lunakaran of Bikaner, it is one of the oldest temples in the city. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped in the temple. The temple is situated 4 km from Junagarh Fort & is one of the famous tourist spots for people visiting Bikaner.
Originally built as a hunting lodge, Gajner Palace stands on the backlog of the lake. Built by Maharaja Gajner Singh of Bikaner, the palace serves as a summer retreat for the royal family & dignitaries. Nowadays, the palace is converted into a luxury hotel as it provides a beautiful lakeside view.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
Located near famous Lalgarh Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1937 & is named after him. The museums showcase various paintings, Mughal Farman’s, Sculptures, Wood and Stone Carvings, etc. giving in-depth knowledge about the culture and lifestyle of previous generations.