Bikaner a desert city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488 AD, the main attraction of the city lies in its majestic fort built by Raja Raj Singh in 16th century a worth visiting sight. Bikaner is a city that still owns the zest of the medieval period. The city of Bikaner is situated 240-km northeast of Jodhpur amidst hot Thar Desert. The Rajput regime comes alive in its sumptuous palaces, intricately carved temples. The grandeur and the charm of the desert, the ship of desert- the camel and the absolute panorama just captivates the visitors. Bikaner is the most desired destination for the desert enthusiast and the lover of Bikaneri delicacies. The mouth watering Bikaneri sweets and fried snacks are just fabulous and are famous through out the world. The city has also fetched immense appreciation for its "Bhujia & Papads", spicy snacks made from fried gram and pulses and also for "Rasgullas" a dessert. Main Attractions of Bikaner City Junagarh Fort Raja Rai Singh constructed this magnificent fort in 15th century, it is most sought fort that embraces some splendid palaces. These royal palaces are carved in red sandstone and marble that makes it a must visit spot. The main gateway to the fort is through the Suraj Pol also known as the sun gate. The palace has a unique decor from inside with gorgeous paintings and intricate glass and mirror work. Lal Garh Palace This royal palace is constructed in red sandstone and thus it named Lal Garh Palace. Some part of the palace is transformed into a luxury hotel and a museum with the rare collections of art and craft. The palace also stores a marvelous billiards room, a huge library and many other playrooms. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum A visit to the museum will takes back you to the by gone era of Rajput Empire, The museum treasures some preclusive and archetypal accumulations of terracotta objects, weapons, miniature paintings and a rich collection of Bikaner coins. The Har Mandir It is the royal house of worship for the erstwhile rulers of Bikaner for worshipping their gods and goddesses. The temple is still thronged by thousands of pilgrims through out the year. Bhandeshwar Jain Temples These are the beautiful Jain temples that belong to the 16th century. Lakshminathji, Ratan Biharji, Shiv Bari and Nagnechiji temple are the other important shrines of Bikaner. Excursions from Bikaner City Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke -30 km is a 600 years old temple sanctified to Goddess Karni often referred by Hindus as Kali Mata. The other deities of the temple are rats, the devotees have a strong belief that these rodents will be reincarnated as divine human. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary- 32 km housed nilgai, chinkara, wild boar and black buck. The place is also famous for its beautiful Gajner Palace, a summer residence of erstwhile rulers perched on the tranquil lake. Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar temples- 5km re the most ancient shrines in Bikaner City decorated with mirror inlay work and some exquisite gold leaf paintings. Other Attractions Camel Festival- The camel festival is held in the month of January, the wonderful camel performances are exhibited in the festival- camel races, camel dances, and the camel rides. Karni Mata Fair-. The fair is held twice a year - April / May, October / November and if dedicated to Goddess Durga. Kolayatji fair- Held in October-November, devotees consider it propitious to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake and pay their homage to Karni Mata. Shopping Bikaner is best known for its products made of camel-hide. Other items famous are camel and sheep wool, carpets and woolens garments, wood and leather products. Bikaner is also famous for its snacks and sweet delicacies. The King Edward memorial is the main shopping area offering diverse variety of products of all ranges. How To Reach Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 240 km. Tourist cab or buses can be taken from there for Bikaner. Rail: Bikaner is connected with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhatinda, Kalka and Howarh. The fabulous Palace on Wheels tour also covers the city in its itenary. Road: Bikaner is connected by road with the major cities of India. Some important distances are Delhi 456 km, Jaipur 31 km, Jaisalmer 330 km.