-- Bikaner, a Complete Experience --

  By : Dinesh Tapdia [on Wed, 16-Mar-2011]    Destination : Bikaner
There are gorgeous forts and palaces in Bikaner, which are built with red sandstone. These forts and palaces lend a lot of importance to the cultural heritage of Bikaner. Bikaner is also called the camel country, as it offers some of the best riding camels in the world. As Bikaner is a tourist destination, there are auto rickshaws, tongas and un-metered taxis available, to commute within the city. The camel festival is a renowned festival of Bikaner. Various camel contests are held during this festival and the festival brings the small desert town of Bikaner to life. The people participate in the festival with full zest and enthusiasm. The desert life is on display during the camel festival. The Karni mata temple is a temple which has holy rats. All these holy rats are well-fed and well-behaved. The temple is in Deshnoke, which is located to the south of Bikaner. It takes less than an hour to reach Deshnoke from Bikaner. Karni mata is believed to be an incarnation of goddess Durga. During her lifetime, Karni mata had dedicated her life to serve the poor. There is a fable, which says that Karni mata had tried to bring back a storytellerís dead child back to life, but she could not do so, as Yama, the god of death, had already taken it away. This angered Karni mata and she said that she wonít let any of the people of her tribe to be taken away by Yama.
 
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