Tour to Bikaner comprises of visit to some of the major attractions of the city. Lal Garh Fort is 3 km from the city. It houses the Shri Sadul Museum in the first floor established in 1076 AD. The rich treasure house of the artifacts and personal possessions of the Maharajas of Bikaner will impress you. Most remarkable artifact in the museum is the brass vessel known as a tokna, which was used to collect revenue and then transported to the Bikaner State Treasury by camel. The Royal Train of the Maharaja looks elegant in the front of the palace.
Junagarh Museum cannot be missed while on tour to Bikaner. Raja Jai Singh, a General in the Mughal Army of the Emperor Akbar constructed the Junagarh Fort. It was started in 1588 AD and was completed by 1593 AD. The huge fort has a 986 m-long wall with 37 ramparts, a moat and two entrances of which the Surajpol or the Sun Gate is the main entrance.
Shiva Bari Temple is at a distance of 6 km from Bikaner. You must visit the beautiful temple with carvings and perfect finishing while on tour of the city. The bronze statue of Nandi and a Shiva lingam are noteworthy.
Gaitor is also not far from the city and is located just 8 km away from Bikaner. You will find the chattris of the rulers of Bikaner made of marble and sandstone. Jai Singh II built these chattris amidst the well-kept gardens.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is 8 km from Bikaner on the Bikaner-Agra road. It is a garden palace constructed for the second wife of Jai Singh. The pyramidal gardens looks beautiful over the small hillock with watercourses. There are pavilions also in the garden ornamented with wall paintings.
Camel Research Farm is a government-run camel station nearly 8 km from Bikaner. It is probably one of its kind of a farm in whole of Asia. There are about 230 camels at the research farm and three different breeds are reared here. Enjoy the camel ride, look at the baby camels and explore the small museum.
Tour to Bikaner is more enjoyable at the time of the much-famed Camel Festival. The Department of Tourism, Art and Culture of the Government of Rajasthan organize the festival every year in the month of January. It is an exclusive camel festival where sale and purchase of camels takes place. The festival is made entertaining by the song and dance festivals and other competitions.
Attractions of Bikaner and nearby Places:-
Junagarh :- Built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar, Junagarh is unusual because unlike other major forts which are built on hill tops, it was built on the desert plains itself. A formidable structure encircled by a moat it has some beautiful palaces within. The Suraj Pol or Sun Gate is the main entrance to the fort.
The palace complex's artistically and intricately decorated interiors are better preserved than in almost any other region. Anup Mahal, with its ornately lacquered walls in red and gold with panels of dazzling coloured glass inlay set over the coronation throne, is worth admiration. The marble columns are covered with delicate paint work, and leaves a visitor spellbound.
In artist was specially commissioned to paint the Badal Mahal, so that when the rare phenomena of rains occurred, the children of the royal household would not get frightened. The exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace with marvellous paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels, and the Phool Mahal or Flower Palace ornate with glass and mirror work are worth a visit. Other items of interest include an unusual Rajput weapon collection and an old WW I biplane presented to Maharaja Ganga Singh by the British.
The Har Mandir :- It is the majestic chapel for the royal family for worshipping their gods and goddesses.
Lal Garh Palace :- Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Lal Singh, the red palace with overhanging balconies and latticework make it an imposing structure. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillaea and dancing peacocks render it a breathtaking visual treat. Part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum, Shri Sadul Museum. The museum covers the entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old photographs of the maharajas, their personal belongings, trophies of wildlife and a carriage from the maharaja's royal train.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum :- The exhibits here are splendid masterpieces of Harappan civilisation, Gupta and Kushan era and sculptures of the earlier eras. On display are terra-cotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of the Bikaner school and coins, making it one of the best museums of Rajasthan. Bhandasar Jain Temple(5 km) Beautiful 16th century AD Jain temple dedicated to the 23rd Trithankara, Parsavanathji.
Camel Research Farm(8 km) :- Set amid rolling sand dunes, this farm was set up to produce superior strains of camels both for domestic haulage as well as, even today, for military use. The only one of its kind in Asia, this farm extends over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the Central Government. Interestingly, one of the efforts is to breed camels with longer, thicker eyelashes to offer greater protection during sandstorms.
Devi Kund (8 km) :- Built in the memory of the Bika dynasty rulers this royal crematorium has several ornamented cenotaphs. Maharaja Suraj Singh's chhatri is the most impressive of all, created entirely in white marble with spectacular Rajput painting on the ceiling. from here.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary(32 km) :- A beautiful painting and a bronze Nandi facing the Shiva Lingam, is the most impressive feature of this late 19th century temple.
Deshnok's Karni Mata Temple(30 km) :- Located on the Jodhpur road the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates, which were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Thousands of rats scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Regarded as incarnations of mystics, they are fed by priests and devotees because of the belief that the rats will reincarnate as holy men. Spotting a white rat is considered an omen of good fortune.
Kolayat(50 km):- Kolyat has a temple dedicated to Kapil Muni. The temple is the venue for an annual fair held in the month of Kartik (Oct.-Nov.) when thousands of devotees gather in large numbers to take a sacred dip in the holy waters of the Kolayat lake on the full moon day. Referred to as mini-Pushkar, the cattle fair here though not on the same scale as that of Pushkar, is a trading ground for camels. An idyllic picnic spot.
Kalibangan(205 km):- The extensive remains of the pre-Harappan and Harappan civilisations, found here in Hanumangarh district, are of immense interest to archaeology enthusiasts.