Bikaner is an atmospheric medieval city in the Thar Desert which was once a major centre in the cross-desert caravan trade. It's home to historical buildings and the National Research Centre on Camel. Visit in January to see the annual Camel Festival, and (for the less squeamish) visit Karni Mata Temple, home to numerous sacred rats.
Built in the 16th century by the sixth ruler of Bikaner, Raja Rai Singh, Junagarh Fort is one of India's oldest forts and one of the few that was never defeated. Also known as Bikaner Fort, the monument tells the story of the Bikaner royal family and contains a museum displaying historical ornaments and weapons.
The National Research Centre on Camel promotes research and development on our humped desert friends. Along with breeding camels, the centre uses their milk to make ice cream - certainly something to try during your visit - and offers camel rides.
The beautiful Bhandasar Temple is known for its beautiful paintings, ornamental mirror work and yellow stone carvings. The temple was built using red sandstone, rumoured to have been fixed together using ghee (Indian clarified butter) instead of mortar.
Visit Bikaner on our Royal Rajasthan Tour or as part of your own bespoke North India holiday.