Bikaner

Welcome to ‘Camel Country. Bikaner is a charming city of reddish-pink forts, sand dunes and colourful attires.

It was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, the second son of the King of Jodhpur. As the second son, he could not inherit Jodhpur or the title of Maharaja. So he built his won kingdom at Bikaner. The city had abundant spring water and served as an oasis on the trade route between Central Asia and the Gujarat coast. In 181, the then King of Bikaner signed a treaty with the British and acknowledged their supremacy. However, in-fighting erupted between the rulers of Bikaner and Jodhpur and was ceased only on British intermediation.

Bikaner is famous for its imposing architecture and delicious snacks. Its intricately carved Jharokas are a big hit with the tourists. These are red sandstone stone screens and are commonly found on the windows of Bikaner’s forts, temples and havelis. As for snacks, savouring Bikaneri Bhujia is a must for any food lover. Made from pulses, spices and edible oil, it has a delicious spicy flavour. Bikaner’s handicrafts are world renowned. It is also a major hub for leather articles as it home to Asia's biggest camel farm.

Bikaner’s culture is every bit as colourful as its history. It is the centre of Usta Art, a unique form of art that involves embossing floral and geometric patterned objects layered with gold. Usta artists are known for their signature miniature paintings as well.

If you happen to be in Bikaner in April, you can join in the Akka Teej celebrations. This was the day when Rao Bika laid the foundation of a new empire. The locals fly kites and enjoy special meals to mark the occasion.

As for the climate, Bikaner’s a scorching and arid. It receives very little rainfall and sees extreme temperatures. In summer, temperatures shoot up to 50 °C and during the winter, they dip to freezing point!

Places of interest:
Junagad Fort – This is one of those rare forts which was never conquered! Built in 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, this fort is encircled by a moat. It houses many magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal. All these palaces were made with red sandstone and marble. The many courtyards, balconies, kiosks add to their charm. The fort also has a temple called Har Mandir and a big museum.



Laxmi Niwas Palace – This is the erstwhile residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh. It was designed by British architect Sir Samuel Jacob in 1902. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, this sandstone monument is one of the most popular destinations in Bikaner.

Lalgarh Palace – Built over a long period (1902-1926), this stunning place draws upon Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. Maharaj Ganga Singh built it in the memory of his father. It is made of red sandstone and has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. Though the Bikaner Royal Family still lives in the palace, part of it has been converted to a luxury hotel.

Camel Research Farm – This farm is about 8 kms away from Bikaner. This research and camel breeding centre is the only one of its kind in Asia. It is spread over 2000 acres and is managed by the Central Government. These camels are decorated in colourful finery and displayed in cattle fairs.

Top News

Tuk Tuk 3 Wheeler Test

Tuk Tuk 3 Wheeler Test

Dave Petersen and Bill Hunter from 2WheelsTV test the Bajaj Tuk Tuk, and the Gomoto Loader. The Tuk Tuk Test ...
15 May, 2014 by admin  0
Beyond The Surface, a Longboard Film in India

Beyond The Surface, a Longboard Film in India

We already posted a glimpse of Beyond The Surface, an upcoming documentary about surfing, yoga and spirituality in India. The official trailer is out, and it looks like an excellent film. Project film by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy & Dave Homcy. About the film: 'Ishita Malaviya, India's first female surfer, is joined by a ...
14 May, 2014 by admin  0
Indian Headshakes: What do they Mean?

Indian Headshakes: What do they Mean?

There is a head bobble, head wobble or head shaking culture in India, with each type of shake meaning something different. Here are some different types of shakes and their meaning. Indian Headshakes ...
13 May, 2014 by admin  0
The Masterchef: A Short Film by Ritesh Batra

The Masterchef: A Short Film by Ritesh Batra

A short film directed by Ritesh Batra of The Lunchbox. 'Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India's most popular TV cuisiner.' Via: Sundance Institute The Masterchef ...
12 May, 2014 by admin  0
India Within: Mumbai & Bangalore

India Within: Mumbai & Bangalore

Brilliant time-lapse piece, shot in Mumbai and Bangalore, India by Pierre Ogeron. Time-lapse: Mumbai & Bangalore ...
12 May, 2014 by admin  0
Rally with The Travel Scientists

Rally with The Travel Scientists

Great piece from Vagabundo Magazine on The Travel Scientists. "As adventure travellers, we’re eternally searching for new ways to see well-trodden countries (and not-so-well-trodden ones, for that matter). With tours being too mainstream, planes no longer exciting, cars too isolating, motorbikes too clichéd, and bicyclin...
9 May, 2014 by admin  0
Rickshaw Challenge 2011

Rickshaw Challenge 2011

4 Chaps, 3 weeks, 2 auto-rickshaws and 1 Goal....drive 3500km from Chennai to Delhi with no map, no idea how to drive a rickshaw and not one word of Hindi between us. No problem. These guys bought rickshaws from us, and had an epic adventure across India. Rickshaw Challenge Chennai to Delhi ...
8 May, 2014 by admin  0
How to Draw an Auto Rickshaw

How to Draw an Auto Rickshaw

Step by step guide on how to draw an auto rickshaw. Learn to Draw an Auto Rickshaw ...
7 May, 2014 by admin  0
Amusing Collection of India Pictures

Amusing Collection of India Pictures

A collection of funny pics from India, only in India! Only in India Images ...
7 May, 2014 by admin  0
Bike Parkour Streets of Mumbai Freestyle BMX

Bike Parkour Streets of Mumbai Freestyle BMX

Shot in an abandoned school in South Mumbai, this clip captures the incredible stunts preformed by members of Sharp Tune Film by BULLHORNpictures Bike Parkour Mumbai ...
5 May, 2014 by admin  0
Page 20 of 93« First...10...1819202122...304050...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤