Gajner is 32 km from Bikaner and is
famous for its wildlife sanctuary where you can see wild fowls, deers,
and antelopes, blue bull, chinkara, black buck or flocks of regal sand
grouse that migrate here in winter and wild boar. It's a pleasure to see
the green forests and lakes amidst desert-wooded hills here. Gajner
wildlife sanctuary also features Gajner Palace, known as "Jewel
in the Thar Desert", which was built Maharaja Ganga Singhji of
Bikaner on the lakeside.
Camel Breeding Farm
Just 8 km from Bikaner, this camel
research and breeding center had its roots in the Camel Corp of the
British army. Today, it is only one of its kinds in Asia with more than
250 camels and baby-camels that are quite a spectacle and is a great
tourist attraction. It also features camel rides. The farm is open from
Monday to Friday and on every second Saturday from 3 to 5 pm. There is
no entry fee.
About 30km south of Bikaner, it is
known for its 600-year old Karni Mata Temple, which is dedicated
to the Karni Mata, the tutulary deity of the royal family of Bikaner and
a form of the Goddess Durga. You will find thousands of rats in the
temple. The devotees feed them and believe that these rodents will be
reincarnated as holy men. They also consider spotting a white rat as a
good omen. The temple is open from 4 am to 10 pm and there's an
additional fee for cameras and videos.
Read about the popular excursion points around Bikaner, Rajasthan.