A Visit to the City of Bikaner

Bikaner is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city of Rajasthan. There are various Bikaner attractions that a tourist must see when he or she lands on its soil. There are various forts, palaces and temples that are popular tourist attractions. Mention can be made of the Junagarh Fort, the Lalgarh Fort, the Deshnok Temple and the Shiv Bari Temple. This famous structure was built by Raja Rai Singh and it was made of red sandstone in the 15th century. There are two important gates using which the forts can be accessed easily. These two gates are known as the Surajpol or the Sun Gate and the Daulatpol. There are 37 palaces and temples within the boundaries of the fort.

Next comes the turn to mention the Lalgarh Fort. The fort is known for its unique architectural style and designs. It has now been modified and turned into a luxurious hotel. The interiors of this particular place are worth watching for the cultural heritage that it displays — a mixture of the Mughal, Rajput and the European style.

The Deshnok Temple or the Karni Mata Temple is also a popular Bikaner attraction. It has a unique feature attached to it. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Karni who is indeed an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The unique characteristic of this temple is that this temple houses around 20000 rats. These rats or rodents are believed to be the reincarnations of the devotees who lived in the royal eras. They have magical powers. Hence, these rats are allowed to stay within the boundaries of the temple.

There is also the Shiv Bari temple. This temple is located at a distance of 6km from the main city of Bikaner. The primary man who is behind the building of the temple is Maharaja Doongar Singhji. It was built in the 16th century. The temple is worth visiting for the architectural heritage. Apart from these, the other event that is worth visiting includes the camel festival.

Food has always been an integral part of people’s lives and when it comes to Bikaner, food takes one of the topmost priorities apart from the culture and the heritage. The city of Rajasthan prides itself on the cuisine it produces for its inhabitants and the tourists to come to enjoy. There are people who wish to visit the soil of Bikaner just to relish the Bikaneri food. Since it is the city of the rajas and the maharajas, it is but obvious that the city will have exquisite delicacies to serve. The common folks learned these authentic delicacies served to the kings and the queens with the passage of time. Now these dishes are available in every nook and corner of the city in various price ranges. In fact with time, the cooking turned into an art in itself. These platters are available in hotels and restaurants. If one happens to be in one of the luxurious hotels, then one can get a chance to taste the dishes tasted and relished by the royals. These special dishes were known only to the royal cooks. The spices used in the preparation of exquisite Rajasthani dishes have been passed down only to a select few. These people work in these royal hotels and prepare the royal cuisines exclusive to the inhabitants of the palaces in the days of royalty.

Since Bikaner is present in the city of Rajasthan, it is a known fact that the city suffers from the scarcity of water. Being a desert and, this scarcity is visible in the food that the city prepares. Buttermilk or even plain milk is used as the alternative for water. This is one of the vital reasons why their food items are so rich in quality. For the local inhabitant, using water in preparing food in a wastage. Hence they save water for other daily usage and save it by reducing the use of water in preparing food items. Bikaner is famous for its Rasgullas which one must taste in the city of Bikaner. This particular Bikaneri food is of special importance to the city: Dal, bati and churma are the authentic dishes of Rajasthan. Hence, no matter in what city of Rajasthan you are residing in, you should relish the Rajasthani local platter.

Anushri Mondal

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