Tourist Destinations of Rajasthan
Bikaner's history dates
back to 1488 AD when a Rajput prince Rao Bika ji a descendent of the
founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD). Rao Jodha Ji established his kingdom
here. Bika Ji chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped
it into an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name.
Archeological surveys and excavations have established beyond doubt that
civilization flourished here even before the Harappa period . Excavated
statues, coins and carvings of stones and clay stands as testimony to this
Ever since the
foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian Union in 1947 A.D.
and there after it's integration in Rajasthan state in 30-3-1949 A.D.,
Bikaner has played a notable role in the history of the country. Bikaner
state has produced several able Generals and warriors and distinguished
Rulers and just to name of few Raja Rai Singh Ji-One of Akbar's most
distinguished Generals. Another famous name is Raja Anup Singh who
ascended the throne in AD 1669 a scholar and warrior. His period has been
described as "the golden time of Bikaner valor and fame".
In the modern period
Bikaner produced the most outstanding Ruler, namely Maharaja Ganga Singh
who ruled for 56 years. He was a strong and able ruler who renovated
the traditional administration, modernized the army, separated the
judiciary from the executive, constructed the famous "Gang
Canal" and provided a number of welfare schemes, hospitals. His son
and successor Maharaja Sardul Singh, who ascended the throne in A.D.
1943, played a conspicuous role in the merger of the princely states in
the Indian Union. His Nationalistic outlook shall ever be remembered by
the citizens of Bikaner. His son Dr. Karni Singh made a mark in Indian
politics and in the field of sports. Ever since 1952 General Elections he
had been elected as member of Parliament continuously for five terms. He
attained international fame in shooting arena.
At present the city
is developing fast into an industrial and tourism center.
royal fortified city with a timeless appeal . Lying in the north of the
desert state , the city is dotted with many sand dunes . Bikaner retains
the medieval splendour that pervades
the city’s lifestyle . More popularly called the camel
country , the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the
world . The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here . Be it
pulling heavy carts transporting grains or working on wells , camels are
the prime helpers . The wells of Bikaner – an
important source of water are other attractions of the city . These
are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the
four corners and can be noticed even from a distance .
history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince , Rao Bikaji a
desendent his kingdom here .Rao
Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the
most enterprising of them . Bikaji chose a barren
wilderness called , “Jangladesh” and transformed it to an
impressive city , called bikaner after the founder’s name .
Stratigic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that
came from West /Central Asia . Made it a prime trade center in the times
of the Yore . Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is
circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates . The
magnificent forts and palaces , created with delicacy in reddish –pink
sandstone , bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy
. Undulating lanes , colourful bazzars and bright and cheerful folks make
Bikaner and interesting experience.
Hotels in Bikaner