Bikaner excursions consist of some finest places near Bikaner. Read on to know about some excursions around Bikaner, Rajasthan:
The Karni Mata Temple
The Karni Mata temple, Deshnok is situated 30 km from Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, considered to be a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is quite famous for a large number of brown rats running around the temple complex fearlessly. It is believed that the souls of dead Charans (traditional bards, the devotees of Mata) reside in these rats. It is considered very lucky to spot a rat in the temple. During the time of aarti, these rats are offered sweets, grains, etc by the devotees.
Ganga Singh, the former ruler of Bikaner, got the temple constructed totally of marble. Karni Mata temple, Rajasthan has silver and gold domes. Even the mandap and the panels above the image are made up of gold. The main gate of the Deshnok Rat temple, Bikaner has been intricately worked upon.
The Karni Mata temple is thronged not only by the Rajasthanis. Rather, devotees from all over India and even abroad pay a visit to the temple. At the time of Navaratri, a fair is held at the temple. Devotees from places far and wide flock to the temple at that time, some even on foot. Day by day, the faith in Karni Mata is increasing, attracting more and more devotees to the place. Whenever the wishes of the devotees get fulfilled, they offer silver and gold to the goddess at the temple.
Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner built Gajner Palace. Constructed on the bank of a lake, it served as hunting and relaxing lodge for the maharaja and his family in the holidays. The palace is surrounded with rich flora and fauna. A number of migratory birds flock to this place in winters like Imperial sand goose, Antelopes, Black bucks, etc. The rich wildlife includes Nilgai, Chinkara, Deer, etc. The palace has now been converted into a hotel.
Camel Research Farm
Situated approximately eight km from Bikaner is the Camel Research Farm. Bikaner Excursion tour must include this "one of its kind" Camel Research Farm. It is one of the camel research and breeding centers in Asia. Managed by the Central Government, the farm extends over 2000 acres of semi-parched land. The camels raised in the farm are sold in the Bikaner and Jaisalmer cattle fairs.
Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 32 km from Bikaner is the Gajner wildlife sanctuary. Located on the Jaisalmer road, the sanctuary houses a rich wildlife consisting of Nilgai, Chinkara, Black buck, Wild boar, etc.
Devi Kund Sagar
Situated approximately 8 km from Bikaner, Devi Kund Sagar houses the royal crematorium. It has several superb cenotaphs belonging to the deceased members of the ruling family of Bikaner. The cenotaphs of the early rulers were made of red sandstone, while the later ones are made of marble. The most remarkable cenotaph is that of Maharaja Suraj Singh, built in white marble. Some of the cenotaphs are embellished with Rajput painting on the ceiling.
Situated approximately 45 km from Bikaner, on the Jaipur road, is the Katariasar village. The village provides a window into the ethnic rural and cultural life of Rajasthan. The village has a rich wildlife around it, consisting of Chinkara, Desert fox, Rabbit, Peacock, Parrot, Pat, etc. this village is also famous for its fire dancers, performing to the beat of drums on a bed of burning coals.