In this episode, I am going to discuss about the places we visited in Bikaner, Rajasthan. It was so fun to explore this city.
From Jaipur, we travelled for 8 hrs via road to reach Bikaner. We reached the Raj Haveli Heritage Hotels.
This hotel has a beautiful architecture and good ambience. The room we stayed was spacious and neat.
The dining area was good that fit my whole team. The food was good. Everyone loved that hotel.
QUICK HISTORY – BIKANER
On the next day, we started exploring Bikaner. Before exploring let us know some quick facts about Bikaner.
- A city in Rajasthan, located in the north-west region in India.
- It is surrounded by Thar desert
- So, often considered as the “oasis” by the traders in the trade route between Central Asia and Gujarat.
- This city was named after the Founder of the city, King Rao Bika.
- “BIKA” – “BIKANER”.
- The King Rao Bika was the first son of Rao Jodha. (Yes, your guess is right!. He was the Founder of Jodhpur)
- Climatic condition: Since the city is surrounded by Thar desert, it experiences the extreme climates.
The places we explored during our journey are Junagarh Palace, Lalgarh Palace and two more museums.
Junagarh fort was originally called as “chintamani”, which is 5.28 hectares in area. Rao Bika built this fort in 1478.
It was built by using Rajput architecture with red sandstones and marbles. As like many fort, it also had many sections partitioned by beautiful gates.
If you are interested in knowing more about this palace, then click here : Junagarh fort
GANGA SINGH MUSEUM
Among the rulers of Bikaner, King Ganga Singh is one of the famous and a powerful King.
He was British ruler’s favorite, as he helped them in their world war Ⅰ. Ganga Singh also got the title “Knight Commander” of “star of India”.
Lalgarh Palace was built by Sir Ganga Singh, King of Bikaner. Palace is named in the memory of Ganga Singh’s father, “Maharaja Lal Singh”. Lalgarh palace is built using Rajput, Europe and Mughal architecture.
Royal Families still reside in the palace and the majority of it has been converted as Luxury Hotels. We were not let into the palace as the Royal family resides, so peeked from outside.
This Palace consists of the museum called “Shri Sadul Museum”. This museum consists of the old attire, passport, first train model of Bikaner, etc.,
Sadul museum is one of the part of Lalgarh palace, where the King and Queen dress, belongings like passport, coins, etc,. are displayed and maintained.
The type of game which the royal families played were displayed in the museum.
The different attires of Royal men and women wore were displayed. Women outfits were so colourful and elegant.
Royal Men attire was similar to that of a military uniform, which varied for different status.
Most of the women attire consist of “Zardosi” work, which made the dress look so beautiful and grand.
The museum also consists of old passport, typewriters and other belongings of the Royal Family.
This place is very quite and neat. If you are interested in museums, you must need to come atleast for once. From there we reached Jaisalmer after 8 hrs travel and stayed there.
So stay tuned for the next episode of interesting “Camel Rides”.
In most of the museums and palaces, cameras were not allowed.
If you missed the previous episode about exploration in Jaipur, click here: #Episode 3.
NEXT EPISODE : JAISALMER.