Bikaner

Lal Garh Palace:

Lalgarh Palace was built between 1902 and 1926 according to Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The building was commissioned by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881 - 1942) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh and was designed by the British architect, Sir Swinton Jacob. It is coated in red sandstone and has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. The building features magnificent pillars, elaborate fireplaces, Italian colonnades and intricate latticework and filigree work. The palace houses the Shri Sadul Museum as well as the fourth largest library in the world.

EXCURSIONS

Camel Research Farm (8 km): Spend a day with the indispensable ship of the desert at their camel research and breeding centre on of its kind in Asia. The farm extends over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the Central Government.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary (32 km): The lush foliage of woods on the Jaisalmer road are a haven to nilgai, chinkara, black buck, wild boar and flocks of imperial sand grouse.

FESTIVE FUN

The Camel Festival (January)

A spectacular event of camel performances, camel races, camel acrobatics, camel dances and camel milking competition are a part of the celebrations.

Kolayat Fair ( November)

Coincides with Pushkar fair when pilgrims take a holy dip in the Koplyat take on the full moon day in the month of Kartik.

Gangaur Festival (April)

Dedicated to Goddess Parvati-the consort of Lord Shiva. Grand processions of the deity accompanied by dancing women are aprt of the eighteen day long celebrations.

Holi: (March)

Exuberant festivities beginning several days before the actual day of Holi, make it a special and spectacular occasion.