|"Bikaner" The 1st thing that comes to mind after hearing the word are the best riding camels of Bikaner. Lying as a fortified city, Bikaner, has all the medieval splendour and a timeless appeal. Sand dunes surround, some big and some not so, surround this city in the north of the state.
Bikaner was a caravan route in the by-gone years. Centring, on it the traders used to pass between central Asia and the West. Camels became irreplaceable, be it as a beast of burden for transporting grains, working on wells, or simply as a mode of transport. The best breeds of the Camel were reared there and it still holds a distinction in it.
In 1488 A.D. the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji son of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. Then later out of his five siblings, Rao Bikaji, the visionary, chose the barren wilderness called ‘Jangladesh’ and transformed it into an impressive city.
Bikaner today stands on a raised ground encircled by an embattled wall with five gates. Its Reddish-Pink sandstone made great palaces and forts, bear testimony to its rich and architectural legacy. A Walk through the city’s lanes and by-lanes with all the colourful bazaars will leave you with the want for more. Its cheerful folks and transport are transcending