Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bikaner, Camel Country and more

Apart from the Junagarh Fort, Bikaner has lot to offer to the tourists. (Click on all the images for bigger picture)

The other major attractions here are:

Devi Kund

Eight Kilometers east of Bikaner, this is the site of royal chatris of many of the Bika dynasty rulers. The royal crematorium has several exquisite cenotaphs (Chatris). Each Chatri is dedicated to the memory of rulers of Bikaji dynasty and is situated on the exact place where they were cremated.

There are beautiful paintings on the interior of the chatris inside the dome. The paintings even today appear very fresh.

A sample of one of the interiors of the dome can be seen below.

That is for the tourist attractions of Bikaner. Apart sight seeing in the city we went around the streets of the city in the market area. You will find lot of sweet stalls or bakery's around. Bikner is famous for Bikaner Bhujia. It is a spicy snack made from moth dal, spices and edible oil. There
are lot of varieties in them. We purchased quite a few varieties for te rest of the trip.

From Bikaner we traveled to Jaisalmer, the Golden City.

Distance: Bikaner ---> Jaisalmer is 333 kms

P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

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