Aug 262013
 

Along with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Bikaner was one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan and, like them, prospered due to its strategic location on the overland trade route to China. Bikaner has an old walled town where camels saunter past colourful stalls. It has many temples and the magnificent Junagarh fort – the most ornately decorated fort in Rajasthan.

 

  • Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

  • Bikaner

    Bikaner

  • Junagarth Fort, Bikaner

    Junagarth Fort, Bikaner

  • Junagarth Fort, Bikaner

    Junagarth Fort, Bikaner

  • Bikaner

    Bikaner

  • Bikaner

    Bikaner

Things to see

Junagarh Fort

This fort is protected by a 986 m long sandstone wall with and a moat. This, together with its location in the Thar desert, meant that it was never invaded which explains its excellent state of preservation.Within the forts austere stone walls there are no less than 37 elaborately decorated palaces, temples and pavilions built by successive rules over the centuries. Many of the palaces are lavishly decorated in a wide range of styles.

Old Walled City

In the old city, entered through Kote gate, is the bazaar, where you can find excellent local handicrafts such as rugs and carpets, camel hide goods and beautiful miniature paintings made using translucent and opaque vegetable and mineral watercolours. You can also buy spicy snacks and sweets made from camels milk.Within the city walls are a number of ornate Havelis (mansion houses) and two Jain temples dating from the early 16th century. Both have ornate carvings and are embellished with frescos, mirror work, and gold leaf scrollwork inside.