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Bikaner

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Bikaner is situated in the north of Rajasthan. The city, just like Jodhpur, is surrounded by great walls. It has Ganganagar and Hanumangarh in its northern side whereas Churu lies in its eastern side. Nagaur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are in its south while in the western part it has the neighboring country Pakistan.

Bikaner, the royal fortified city with a timeless appeal, lying in the north of the desert state is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's life style More popularly called the "Camel Country", the city is renowned for the best Riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers.

Bikaner is known for its beautiful palaces and forts. The Junagarh Fort, built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh, is the most famous fort in Bikaner and is a tribute to the Rajput style of architecture.

The Laxmi Niwas Palace which is the former residential palace of the king, Lallgarh Palace, Gajner Palace are some of the other palaces in Bikaner which add to the beauty of the town and gives it a feel of the Rajput heritage.

Bikaner is home to some beautiful temples and there are around 27 Jain Temples in the place. One unique temple in Bikaner is the Karni Mata Temple; popularly know as the ‘rat temple'. The temple is home to thousands of rats which seem to be everywhere and are considered holy by the devotees who come to offer their prayers.