Bikaner is a city located northwest of India , in the federal state of Rajasthan , 320 km from the state capital, Jaipur .
We are facing a city full of history, life and also wealth, because the city was strategically established in the middle of a commercial route where numerous caravans passed. Surrounded by a 7 km wall with up to five gates, you can still see the settlement once established by King Rao Bikar , in 1486.
Become immersed in the regional culture, knowing the fort of Junagarh (which means Old Fort) , built by the Prime Minister of Rai Singhjiin 1571, it is one of the most impressive fortifications in the region that, apart from most of the forts, is not located on a hill, therefore it can be reached on foot.
In this fortification you can get involved with the culture of the region, knowing the museum of the city that is housed inside and also the history of the Singhji dynasty , one of the most influential and notorious in the region. All this while not cease to be impressed with the interior decorations, frescoes, stones embedded in the walls and even portals covered in gold, a sample of the wealth and magnificence of the noble families of the time.
And it is that the wealth in Bikaner is well established, because in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it became a refuge for many wealthy merchants and bankers who, seeking greater stability for their families, built their mansions in this city, the so-called havelis: mansions of multi-story sandstone, luxuriously decorated to the smallest detail, with balconies and balustrades. These havelis are grouped in the narrow streets of the walled city, being the Rampuria and Kothari the most renowned. Enjoy this country with one of our tour packages to India . If you want us to help you plan this magnificent tour of Asia, contact us.
Nor does the Karni Mata temple , erected in the 15th century and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people every year, where the faithful celebrate weddings, prayers or all kinds of celebrations. It is undoubtedly a center of magical culture for the entire city, where the best dresses and costumes will be worn, paying homage to their deities.
However, for those who want to relax and let themselves be carried away by the winds of the desert, on the outskirts of the city is the Thar desert , an impressive and beautiful landscape for the view, where you can see wild antelopes and camels, besides have trained camels on the largest farm in Asia, to be able to travel widely in the region by World’s leading luxury train – Maharaja Express. End your visit to the desert with a romantic touch, because you can camp outside in a bungalow and catch a glimpse of the stars at night, a truly spectacular image.
Don’t be so late, book the Maharajas Express luxury train for your next trip. Both for lovers of a cosmopolitan city full of life, and for those who want a peaceful walk through the majestic deserts of the region, this city offers all kinds of pleasures and opportunities, all wrapped in the customs and traditions hosted there from more than five centuries ago.