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Special Places to Stay in Bikaner
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Bhairon Vilas ($)
Bhairon Vilas is a most unusual hotel with quirky decorations and wonderful colours and design. Rooms are eclectically decorated with antique clothes, bearskins and old family photographs.
Bhanwar Niwas ($$)
A lovely pink sandstone haveli located in the narrow winding streets of the old town of Bikaner. Right at the entrance, an impeccably maintained Buick of 1927 greets you.
Hotel Lallgarh Palace ($$)
This huge red sandstone Maharaja's palace was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century and is a perfect example of Indo Saracenic architecture.
Things to see and do in Bikaner
This well preserved fort is a large 5 storeyed structure with an interesting museum, many murals and gilded thrones, among many other attractions.
The oldest building is the Dal Niwas. The flower pattern on the walls and ceilings of this palace reflects the skill of the artisans of the olden days. The yellow and red interior of the colourful jewel throne room in Anup Mahal, which faces the rear courtyard, is awesome.
The Old Town
The old town of Bikaner has some of the best preserved havelis of Rajasthan. Carved intricately out of rich red local stone, these were home to the traders whose riches came from the brisk camel trade from Central Asia. Visit Rampuria street for some fine examples.
Camel Breeding Farm
On the outskirts of Bikaner is the Camel Breeding farm. This was the HQ of the Camel Corps, which played a vital role in the Second World War. Even today, camels are bred here for the camel mounted Border Security Guard force to patrol the long border with Pakistan. The Camel Farm is also a research centre for various camel breeds. Visitors can also enjoy various camel dairy products - like camel milk tea and coffee and camel milk ice-creams!
A short drive away is Deshnok, a temple dedicated to goddess Karni Mata. The unique feature here is the thousands of rats which are worshipped as re-incarnated holy souls! The rats are tame and go about feeding themselves on the abundant food offered by the large number of devotees.