Bikaner lies on the northern point of the triangle of desert cities. Bikaner is another royal walled city dating back to 1486 A.D. It was, however a major trade centre as it stood on the ancient caravan route which linked central Asia and North India with the Gujarat seaports. This desert town in the north of the state was founded on 1488 by Rao Bika, a descendant of Jodha the founder of Jodhpur. Bikaner has a superb fort, camel safaris and 30 km to the south is the extraordinary Karni Mata temple where thousands of holy rats are worshipped. Rao Bikaji, a Rathore prince, founded the city of Bikaner in 1488 A.D. Bikaji was one of the sons of Rao Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur.
The legend has it that Bikaji was provoked to set up his own kingdom when his father commented him about whispering in the royal durbar. Thereafter, he started building up his own territory to the north of Jodhpur. His first attention went to sterile wilderness called Jangladesh and he converted it to a remarkable city. He accomplished his task with 100 cavalry horses and 500 soldiers, and established his kingdom on 84 villages abandoned by the 'Shankhlas'. When Bikaji died in 1504 A.D. his rule had extended to over 3000 villages. The modern Bikaner, as we see today got prospered under the reign of Maharaja Ganga Singh.
Bikaner lies in the north of Rajasthan on a little elevated ground. A seven km long besieged wall, having five gates, surrounds the city. Speckled with sand dunes, Bikaner occupied an important position on the ancient caravan routes. It served as a prime trading centre to the merchants coming from West or Central Asia. Bikaner tours will bring you across some splendid forts and palaces that serve as a legacy of the rich heritage of the city. Built up in red sandstone, these forts and palaces bring alive the architectural finery in which the state of Rajasthan abounds. Modern Bikaner is the result of the foresight of its most eminent ruler Maharaja Ganga Singh whose reformative zeal set the pace for Bikaner’s transformation from a principality to a premier princely state. If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.
One great thing about Bikaner
in Rajasthan is it is still preserving the medieval magnificence that was once the hallmark of the state. Along with the amazing structures of the city, it is the cheerful people that further enhance the attractiveness of the city. Bikaner also houses one of the largest Camel research and breeding farms in the world. It is renowned for providing best riding camels in the world. Apart from that the Bikaner fair also attracts a number of tourists. A trip to Bikaner will leave you mesmerized with the grandeur of the city.
Bikaner has always played a notable role in the history of the country. Bikaner state has produced several able Generals and warriors and distinguished rulers and just to name a few Raja Rai Singh Ji one of Akbar's most distinguished Generals. Another famous name is Raja Anup Singh who ascended the throne in 1669 A.D. A scholar and warrior, his period has been described as "The golden time of Bikaner’s valor and fame". Unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been able to preserve its traditional aura of the medieval era. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. It is pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers. The wells of Bikaner an important source of water are another attraction of the city. These are built on high plinth with slender minaret towers on each of the Four Corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
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