The history of Bikaner dates back to 1488 AD, when Rao Bika Ji, a Rajput prince established his kingdom here. It was then a barren land called "Jungladesh" which was shaped into an impressive city by him and later the city was named Bikaner after him. It is a beautiful city with rippling sand, scorching sun and an arid rocky scrubland. The old part of the Bikaner city is surrounded by a stone wall that is 15 - 30 feet high and has five gates. The city is famous for woolen shawls, blankets, carpets, and sugar candy. The old part of the city which overlooked by a fort has numerous buildings of red and yellow sandstone. This fortified city still preserves the sensation of the medieval times and is protected by deserts. Our site Touristplacesinindia.com gives you complete details on all that you want to know about Bikaner.
The city covers a total area of about 30247 square km of which 812 square km is under forest cover. The city has beautiful Havelis, which are marvels in home architecture. These type of Havelis are not found anywhere in the world except Bikaner. They are situated in the narrow lanes of the old city and are mostly made of red sandstone. The oldest haveli in Bikaner is about four hundred years old, but most of these Havelis are about hundred years old. Some of the most important Havelis include the Rampuria Group of Havelis, Rikhji Bagri ki Haveli, Daga Chawk Havelis, haveli of Bhairondan Kothari and Sampatlal Agarwal haveli.
Bikaner is also famous for a large number of festivals. One of them is the Camel Festival which begins with a colorful procession on camels in the red sandstone background of the Junagarh Fort. The camels exhibit remarkable foot-work and dance gracefully to the direction of their riders in this festival. Another important festival in Bikaner is the Kite festival, locally known as the "Akkha Teej". Kite is a culture of the city and has direct connection with the foundation of the city. During this festival, the sky remains full of kites of varying colors, shapes and sizes. People of all ages participate in this festival which occurs during the months of April and May. Other notable festival in Bikaner includes the Kapil Muni fair (held in November), Karni Mata fair (March / April) and the Gangaur festival (March / April).
Bikaner also has a large number of tourist attractions. Important among them include Junagarh, Ganga Golden Jubilee Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Laxmi Nath Temple, Ratan Behari Temple and shiv Bari temple to name a few. One can also visit places in and around the city to enjoy its magnificence.
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