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Places Near Bikaner

If you want to visit the places around Bikaner then pay a visit to Karni Mata Temple, which is a 600-year-old temple, at Deshnoke and is 30 kms from Bikaner. It is dedicated to the patron goddess of the rulers of Bikaner. The temple, among the strangest in India, is not for the squeamish as it is famous for the legions of rats that are feted and worshipped here. Devotees tread warily to reach the inner recesses of the temple, for injury to a rat would be sacrilege. Pied Piper can whistle all he wants but he is certainly not welcome in this temple’s precincts!

Devi Kund Sagar (8 kms) is the site of the ‘chhatris’ (cenotaphs) built on the cremation sites of the Bikaner rulers as memorials. They are an excellent example of Rajput architecture.

You can also visit the Camel Breeding Farm, one of its kind in Asia is a centre for the rearing of the camel. Visitors can see the camel farm, dairy and training of these animals so essential to life in the Thar Desert.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is 32 km from the city. Its green forests are home to nilgai, chinkara, black buck, wild boar and flocks of imperial sand grouse. The Gajner Palace is also quite close to the sanctuary and is one of the major attractions of Bikaner. Beyond Gajner, in the middle of the desert is Kolayat Lake in whose holy waters thousands of devotees take a holy dip on ‘Kartik Purnima’ (full moon of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik –October/November). It is also a popular picnic spot.

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