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A regal province studded with ancient forts, lofty mansions and ostentatious palaces and the glorious torchbearer of the rich cultural legacy of Rajasthani royalty amidst the far reaching sand dunes, Bikaner a municipal corporation and the administrative capital of the district of the same name is a blissful oasis in the dazzling desert of Rajasthan. Established in late 15th century AD by a Rathore prince Rao Bika; the son of Rao Jodha of Marwar and also the founder of Jodhpur, Bikaner also receives its title after the name of its creator. Earlier functioning as the headquarters of the erstwhile princely state of Bikaner, this metropolis has now fostered as the fourth largest city of the state of Rajasthan. Formerly enclosed by a seven kilometers long fortification and guarded by five enormous gates, the city of Bikaner positioned on an elevated geographical area in the desert still bears the testimony of its medieval grandeur and its brilliant architectural heritage.
The city wears a reddish yellow tinge oozing from the charismatic red and yellow sandstone buildings innovatively ornamented with intricately carved Jali screens and Jharokhas. Bikaner, one of the angles of the Rajasthan Desert Circuit triangle (the other two being Jodhpur and Jaisalmer) has still preserved the undying appeal of its imperial aura. Bikaner, also bestowed upon with the epithet; ‘the Camel Country’ prides itself on its best riding camels and its largest camel research and breeding farm in the world. The camel safaris and the camel festival of Bikaner enchant the tourists to no extent. Other than that, Bikaner, celebrated for its baronial demeanor, colorful bazaars, winding lanes, moonlit beauty of desert, religious destinations, jovial folks, ‘Usta’ art of miniature paintings and gold embossing, expertise in dry irrigation and its delectable gourmet feasts of Bhujia, Namkeen, Papad, Rasgulla and Thandai is truly a Canaan of perennial beauty that would undoubtedly tickle every tender heart.