Bikaner is located to the northwest of Rajasthan and at a distance of 330 km from the state capital of Jaipur. The former capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was initially founded by Rao Bika in the year 1486.
Owing to its strategic location on the ancient can routes, Bikaner became a prime trade center during the times of the yore. The city of forts & palaces, mostly made from red sandstone, colorful souks, wonderful sand dunes, and the most amazing culture, Bikaner is the famous desert city of Rajasthan.
|Delhi 434 Kms.||Agra 582 Kms.||Ajmer 270 Kms.|
|Alwar 409 Kms.||Bharatpur 528 Kms.||Jaipur 528 Kms.|
|Jaisalmer 331 Kms.||Jodhpur 252 Kms.||Mt. Abu 518 Kms.|
|Ranthambhore 500 Kms.|
Air : The nearest Airport to Bikaner is at Jodhpur, located at a distance of 240 kms.
Rail :The Bikaner Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Bikaner. The city of Bikaner is well-connected to cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Delhi via an active railway network.
Road : The city of Bikaner is well-connected to other cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Delhi via well-built road network.
The Junagarh fort was built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh. The fort comprises 37 palaces, each of which is an architectural mel in itself. The Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is the main entrance to the fort. The famous palaces located within the Junagarh Fort are Chandra Mahal, Karan Mahal, and Phool Mahal. Mostly built using red sandstone and marble, the fort is adorned with mirror work, cings, and paintings. Moreover, the fort also comprises a museum showcasing miniature paintings, and rare antiques.
The Lalgarh Palace was designed in between for Sir Ganga Singh, the Maharaja of Bikaner, between 1902 and 1926 by Sir Swinton Jacob- a British army general and architect. The palace features a fusion of the Rajput, Mughal, and European style of architecture, mainly Indo-Saracenic style. The palace features a billiards room, library, cards room and even a smoking room.
The Bhandeshwar Jain Temples are the most significant historic places of worship for the Jains in Bikaner. The temples were coinstructed in the 15th century in honor of Parshvanathji - the 23rd Jain Tirthankara.
The Laxmi Niwas Palace was built as the residence of the Maharaja Ganga Singh- the ruler of the former state of Bikaner. Designed in the year 1902 by Col Samuel Swinton Jacob- a British architect, the Laxmi Niwas Palace is built in an Indo-Saracenic style. The palace today stands as a famous luxury Heritage hotel, offering the most cordial reception to its visitors.