Bikaner is the fifth largest city of Rajasthan, situated in its northwest region, in the middle of Thar Desert. There are beautiful palaces and richly sculpted temples in red sandstone. The city was founded in 1486 AD by Rao Bikaji the Rathore Prince. Ganges Canal and Indira Gandhi Canal have been instrumental in its development.
The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state.
Laxmi Nath Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner
Built in 1593 A.D. the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within.
The world famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found in the town of Deshnoke.