Major Trade Route

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Mar 18, 2011

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Friday, December 17, 2010

We made our way to the desert town of Bikaner which took about 5 hours on good road! This was a major trade route from the Middle-east and Europe to the parts of India. Found a nice hotel just outside of the center of the city and went for a few day trips.

Junagarh Fort

The fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner who reigned from 1571 to 1612. During his imperial service he travelled extensively, giving him an appreciation of art and architecture. These ideas have been incorporated meticulously into the architectural style of the Fort.

Camel Research Farm (See Video)

This is one of its kind institutes in India. The farm is complex of stables and enclosures,
which include research laboratories.  We came right at the time to watch
camels returning from a day out in the desert. It is also known as
Camel Breeding Farm and was established in 1984 by the central
government. As you see in the video we got a chance to see a 3 hour old

Laxmi Niwas Palace

The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh.  It was designed by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902.  The magnificent structure is now a luxury hotel in red sandstone is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Bikaner. We had a great dinner there with 6 waiters per table is was something!

Walk Around Center of City

Some interesting pictures of the food stalls and people.
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