Bikaner

Next stop, Bikaner. We arrived yesterday mid afternoon so had some time for a quick lunch before heading out to have a quick look at Junagarh Fort. It was about 3:15 when we headed over and the fort/palace closed at 4:30 so it was a bit of a whirlwind tour of this impressive fort constructed between 1589 and 1593. There are several “mahals” or halls beautifully decorated with blue cloud motifs, carved sandalwood, gold gilded paintings, ivory carvings, mirrors and a cornucopia of fascinating relief carvings.

After a quick tour of the fort/palace we grabbed a tuk tuk and our driver was great. We asked him to take us to the old town to see the market and he became our tour guide along the way. Bikaner also has many havelies but these are not exquisitely painted as in Mudawa but carved in red coloured teak wood. He graciously showed us a few of these wonderful masterpieces.

Old town market. Congested, polluted, smelly and convoluted but a must see!

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