Bikaner is a sheer example of the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The colourful city is an interesting tourist destination of the state. Bikaner is located about 330 kilometers northwest of Jaipur. The fourth largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Bikaji, from which it derives its name. Due to its popularity for being the largest breeder of camels in Asia and the producer of world’s fastest riding camels, Bikaner is most often referred as Camel City of Rajasthan. The golden desert of this princely state is the main attraction of the tourists.
Bikaner is an unblemished jewel of Rajasthani culture and the opulence can be seen in its palaces and forts which still dignifies the glory of the state. The prime attraction of this city is the Junagarh fort which was built under the administration of Karan Chand, who was the prime minister of Rai Singh. It is one of the few forts of Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop, rather on ground surface. The city area is developed around this fort only. The fort complex is built using redstone and marble, housing several palaces Anup Mahal, Rang Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal, Diwan-E-Khas, Chandra Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Dungar Mahal. The fort is a blend of medieval military styled architecture and beautiful interior decorating.
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