Landmarks

1. Built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, Junagarh is a fort in Bikaner. It was      previously known as Chintamani Durg, but was named Junagarh fort in the  beginning of the 20th century. It is one of the rare forts which are not built  on a hill-top. The city of Bikaner is built around Junagarh Fort. There were  repeated attacks on this fort in history but nobody could manage to bring    the fort under their rule.

  The architecture of the fort belongs to the Gujarati and Mughal style. Rajput   style of architecture can also be seen in some parts of the fort. 

2. Maharaja Ganga Singh built the Lalgarh palace in 1902 AD in memory of    his late father Maharaja Lal Singh. The palace was designed by Sir Samuel  Jacob and was made using red sandstone. The architecture of the palace  includes European, Mughal and Rajput styles. The palace has a vastly spread  lawn which has peacocks residing there. There is also a card room, a  billiards room and a library housed in the palace.

  The fort contributes a lot to the tourism of the State.

3. A lakeside palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singh, Gajner palace was used as  a place of retreat after hunting by the royal family. The palace is made of  red sandstone and houses a marvellous style of architecture.  It is now  converted into a heritage hotel with all modern facilities. It is located in the  middle of a dense forest and visitors can enjoy the picturesque view of a lot  of migratory birds from this place. 

4. Another attraction in Bikaner is the famous Camel Safari which is organised  by the Tourism Department of the State. The Safari comprises of taking the  tourists to a ride on the camel back to visit the vast Thar desert. It also  includes taking the tourists to the sunset point which is very famous in  Bikaner.

 

5. Ganga Singh Museum was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1937  AD. The museum is a famous tourist place and houses historical articles  which prove that the civilisation existed even before the existence of  Harappan times. The historic articles include weapons of the Rajput rulers,  paintings, pottery etc.

 

6. Sadul Singh Museum is another place of tourist attraction and is located    on the second floor of Lalgarh palace.

 Sadul Singh museum came into existence in 1972 AD and presently, houses  a number of hunting trophies, Georgian paintings and rare artefacts. The      museum also houses historical articles of the times of Maharaja Ganga Singh,  Sadul Singh and Karni Singh.

7. The famous Jain temple of Bikaner was initiated by Bhandasa Oswal in    1468 AD. Based on Rajputana style of architecture, the construction of the  temple was completed in 1514 AD. It is a marvellously built temple with  sculpted pillars and gold leaf work. It is a three-storeyed building made of  red sandstone and white marble.

 

 

8. In Bikaner district, near Nokha, there is a small town called Deshnok which  is located at a distance of around 32 km from Bikaner city. The place is a  pilgrimage centre of Karni Mata, who used to live here in the 14th century  and dedicated her life for the upliftment of the poor of all communities.  Deshnok temple is housed in this region.

 Deshnok temple is also known by the name of Karni Mata Temple.

9. ICAR - National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner is a leading research  centre of ICAR. It is an independent organisation under the Department of  Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of  India.