Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner
Where is the Lalgarh Palace?
The Lalgarh Palace (3 km north of the city center) is located at Bikaner in the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India. The desert town of Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in the year 1488. Today the town pulls in hordes of travellers and tourists, the brilliant Lalgarh Palace and the camel safaris being the major attractions.
How will you gain access?
The Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport from Bikaner. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is well linked to Delhi (460 km), Mumbai (1304 km), Kolkata (1810 km), and Chennai(2303 km). there are regular train services from Bikaner to Jodhpur. National Highways and State Highways provide excellent road-network.
What are the timings and the entry charges?
The Lalgarh Palace is open for visitors from 10-00 hours to 16-30 hours. The entry charge is Rs 5 per head. The palace remains closed on Wednesdays.
What does the past say?
The Lalgarh Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in 1926. It was erected in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji. It was Sir Swinton Jacob who designed the oriental structure of the palace.
What goes behind the architecture?
Built-in red sandstone, the Lalgarh Palace is an architectural masterpiece. The palace is a beautiful mix of the Rajput, the Mughal, and European architecture. Wonderful latticework and filigree work can be observed here. The terraced lawns and the Bougainvillea bushes add utmost charm to the palace. The fort museum in the Ganga Niwas was built during the reign of Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh. The museum exhibits an interesting collection of miniature paintings, manuscripts, weaponry, and even a bi-plane from the First World War. Today the palace has been converted into a beautiful hotel. The Sri Sadul Museum houses a huge collection of books, photographs, manuscripts, and albums.
What are the nearby attractions?
The Junagarh Fort is a major attraction at Bikaner. It was built by Rai Singh between 1588 and 1593. The fort consists of a 986-meter-long wall with 37 bastions, a moat, and two entrances. The fort is perched at an elevation of seven hundred feet above sea level.
Camel Research and Breeding Farm
At a distance of 8 km from Bikaner lies the Camel Research and Breeding Farm. It is one of its kind in the whole of Asia, carrying out breeding and training of camels. The farm is managed by the Government.
The Gajner Palace was the summer resort of the erstwhile kings. Today, the palace has been converted into a hotel.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum is considered to be one of the best in Rajasthan. The museum takes great pride in its priceless collection of terra cotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of Bikaner school. The coins that are exhibited date back to the Gupta and the Kushana era.
Mata Karni Temple
Thirty kilometers south of Bikaner is the much celebrated Mata Karni Temple. The temple is 600 years old, is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple is home to thousands of holy rats that are a major attraction of the place. These rats are held in high esteem and if you accidentally step on one of them, a gold replica is to be produced to make up for the loss.