A Dreamland In Stone - Junagarh Fort in Bikaner
Founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, Bikaner is situated on an elevated ground surrounded by a 7 km long fortified wall with five entrance gates. A magnificent fort built between 1588 and 1593 dominates the city. The fort and palace are built of red sandstone. Asia's largest camel research farm is located in Bikaner. The city is also known for its intricately carved Jharokas, stone screens found on windows of the Junagarh fort, temples and havelis. Bikaner was and is the centre for Usta Art, a generic term for the Manoti-Naqqashi (embossed and unembossed floral and geometric patterned objects layered with gold) produced by Usta family master artisans of Bikaner. One of the best known exports of the city is Bikaneri Bhujia, a spicy snack made from moth dal and gram flour.
While in Bikaner
One of the biggest attractions in this town is the fort that boasts of exquisite mirror and shell work, gorgeous carpets and intricate carving. Visit the Junagarh Fort that allows you to delve a little further into the history of this region. The museum here is home to some ancient ornaments and weapons worth exploring.
A trip to the Laxmi Niwar Palace gives you a chance to explore the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This palace now services as a luxury hotel. Other famous attractions worth considering include Lalgarh, the Bikaner Camel Research Center, Shivbari Temple, Rampuriya haveli and the Bhandasar Jain Temple.
"India 'Calling Tours" can also organize a memorable desert safari where you can explore the local plan, animal and bird life on a camel back.