popularly known as the camel country.
This royal fortified city with a timeless appeal, lying in the north of
the desert state, the city is dotted with many sand dunes.
Rao Bhikaji the younger son of Jodhpur's
founder RaoJodha set it up as an independent kingdom in 1488. It developed
as a major center in the cross-desert caravans trade, even today the Bikaneri's
Marwari traders are noted through out north India for their business acumen.
The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came
from west / Central Asia, made it a prime trade center in the time of
The city is renowned for the best riding Camels in the world. It has the
Camel breading farm of its own kind in whole of Asia. Camel, the ship
of the desert is inseparable part of life here, be it pulling a heavy
cart, transporting grains, or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers.
Besides its fort and other tourist spots the well of Bikaner, which are
important, source of water are the other attraction of the city. These
are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the
four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
Bikaner stands on a raised ground
and is circumscribed by a seven kms long wall with five gates in it. Undulating
lanes, colorful bazaars, and bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner an