The Royal Cenotaphs

The Royal Cenotaphs

  • Bikaner
  • Rajasthan
  • India

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The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner Overview

Bikaner is one of the significant destinations of the Rajasthan travel circuit. It has been visited by scores of tourists from several parts of the globe every year. It is a wonderful desert city founded in 1488 A.D. by Rao Bikaji, an heir of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodha.

To honor these royal families there are the royal cenotaphs in Bikaner which is also a famous tourist spot.


The Royal Cenotaphs


This is the cremation ground of the royal families of Bikaner. Being an architectural treat to the tourists, it is an impressive structure with complexly engraved marble pillars displays mythologies of Lord Krishna and other gorgeous traditional designs. The oldest shrine on the ground was mounted in the honor of Rao Kalyanmal. However, the earliest is the one made for Maharaja Karni Singh.


This place is known for its amazing architectural supremacy, interior decorations, well-arranged gardens and complicated designs of the magnificent palaces. From all over the world people come here to relish the exotic camel safaris, royal forts and colorful camel festivals which are held in January.


History of Royal Cenotaphs


It is a cremation ground of the royal family of Bikaner. Numerous cenotaphs in the remembrance of kings and queens are assembled here. The most primitive cenotaph is of Rao Kalyanmal, the ruler of Bikaner from 1542-71 A.D. and the latest cenotaph is of Maharaja Karni Singh (1950-88A.D). This marvelous place is founded on 16 pillars and stands carvings that are depicting acts of Lord Krishna, floral patterns, peacocks, etc.

Top things to do in Bikaner other than visiting the Royal Cenotaphs


Bikaner is known worldwide for its culture, traditions and its lovely desert setting. The place also offers several activities to its guests;

• From camel safaris to festivals,

• Market browsing and food joints,

• Shopping at Kote gate for local handicrafts


There is no shortage of things to do in Bikaner. The place also boasts of several heritage Havelis and forts that are synonymous with the vibe of the place. The city also has an annual Camel Festival to enjoy which is a grand event. In addition to that, you can visit the museums, temples, and binge delicious local food items.


The popular festival celebrated in Bikaner


Bikaner camel festival is one of the special attractions to this place other than the Royal cenotaphs. This is an amazing event of two days organized every year in January. The Camel festival delivers some remarkable and unusual camel performances like

• Camel races,

• Camel dances, and

• The bumpy,

• Neck shaking.


On the occasion of the festival, the camels are dressed in bright and colorful ornaments and bridles. The burst of vibrant colors in the golden dunes is a sight that cannot match any other celebration in the world. Camel rides take place at this event.

How to reach Royal Cenotaph Bikaner?

Ask the local people for directions. This place is very well connected by road. So take a rickshaw or drive in your car from the city center. It is around 7 km from the city center Bikaner.

Other tourists spots nearby the royal cenotaphs

• Junagarh fort- this is one of the few forts which is not built on a hill. This fort is built in the waterless region of the Thar Desert. Hence, it is famous for its marvelous architecture, complicated carvings which leave viewers mesmerized.

• Karni Mata mandir- Located in Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, Karni Mata temple is the place where devotees and rats share a special bond. The temple is heavily influenced by mogul architecture and the entire temple is built with beautiful white marble.

• Lallgarh Palace- This palace was built between 1902 and 1926 for Maharaja of Bikaner. Being greatly influenced by the Britishers at that time, the architecture reflects Rajput, Mughal and European styles.

• Rampuriya haveli- Bikaner, is known for its many Havelis. Large, altruistic, extravagant houses complete with complex details of jharokhas and carvings, Havelis are no minus than palaces.

• National research center on a camel- Identified as one of the important tourist places of Bikaner, National Research Centre on Camel is open for tourists during the afternoon. Tourists can enjoy seeing camels of different breeds and their behavior.

• Gajner Palace- Gajner Palace is a shore palace complex next to a sanctuary, in the middle of Thar Desert. It is a legacy property that structures a lush green orchard.

• Laxmi Nath temple- Built-in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, this is the oldest temple in Bikaner. The temple comprises of statues of different Hindu deities like Vishnu and Laxmi and it boasts of the superb archaeological skills of artists and artisans.

• Desert Safari - The ships of desert, Camels, enable us to discover some of the beautiful and relatively unexplored regions of Bikaner. You can witness the vibrancy of colors, jubilant music, men with colorful turbans and massive mustaches and an evening full of dance and music.


Tips for visiting camel festival in Bikaner


Afternoon hours could get hot, so wear sun protection, light clothing and drink enough water to remain well-hydrated.


More information about visiting the Royal Cenotaphs

• The Royal Cenotaphs Timing: morning to evening by 06:30 am to 06:30 pm

• The Royal Cenotaphs Price: varies as per nationality Indians and foreigners

• Best time to visit or the preferred time: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm

• The time required to visit The Royal Cenotaphs: almost one hour


Benefits to book Bikaner tour package with Royal Cenotaphs


You get the following benefits if you book online from a reputed Travel Agent.

• Convenience to book at home

• Everything from accommodation, transportation, and sightseeing

• Last-minute booking availability

• Reasonable costs

• Saves time

• Easy budget friendly Customization

• Travel guides within the package


It is advised to plan a tour to Bikaner by booking a tour package to Bikaner. There are travel agencies that offer lucrative offers on packages and they also provide sightseeing, housing and lodging facilities in a package. Compare prices online and book from a reputed tour operator.



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