Bikaner is one of the medieval fortified cities in the northern parts of Rajasthan. The city as founded in 1488 by the Rathore Prince Rao Bikaji, in the wilderness area of Rajasthan then called ‘Jangladesh’.  Rao Bikaji turned the wilderness into one of the most impressive cities of Rajasthan. The old city lies on a raised surface within fortified walls with five gates. The major tourist attractions in the city are the Junagarh palace, the Suraj Pol or Sun gate, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandasar Jain Temple, and Karni Mata temple. The Junagarh fort was built by Raja Jai Singh in 1588 and one the most impressive forts in Rajasthan with some of the most beautiful palaces within its walls. The Lalgarh palace was built in 1902 in the Indo-Gothic style of architecture. The Katartni Mata Mandir was built in the late 19th century and is famous for its resident rats. Besides these heritage monuments, Bikaner is also famous for its deserts and large sand dunes.

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