Spring is knocking the door and in the delightful sunshine, here we present our new edition. It takes you through an incredible new city of vibrant Rajasthan- Bikaner. Scroll down for a new palace hotel of Bikaner, the city’s must-dos, a delicious recipe and the see-it-to-believe-it Elephant festival. This is certainly going to tempt you to include this city in your north Indian circuit.
We hope this edition brings to you few more reasons of choosing India.
Indian Zing Team
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Lallgarh Palace Hotel, Bikaner
One of the most impressive palaces constructed during the last half of the nineteenth century, the Lallgarh Place defies the bleak and rugged reality of the harsh Thar Desert around Bikaner.
The Lallgarh palace is an imposing red- sand stone palace and was built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father, MaharajLallSinghj in 1902 A.D.The Rajput exterior of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental décor within. The intricately dexterous carving on red stone is hall mark of great local craftsman.
It is unmatched jewel in the Thar Desert and has played host to a number of dignitaries from all over the world.The Lallgarh palace Hotel has 56 well-appointed historical, Superior and Standard rooms equipped with Mini Bar & CCTV. A luxury palace hotel standing tall with its rich heritage, picturesque created to celebrate your stay royally.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur
The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of the north Indian state of Rajasthan. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience.
There are deadly and fierce elephant fights in the Jaipur Chaugan or polo field, the venue of the Elephant Festival. During Holi, the Chaugan is brought alive with elephants, dancers, musicians, and onlookers from the entire globe. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets.It is festival time for the elephants.
The mahouts (elephant keepers) take great care to decorate the elephants-painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with floral motifs and adorning them from tusk to tail with interesting trinkets. Finally, the tourists are invited to mount the elephants and play Holi. Participants dance with great vigor-the excitement rising to a crescendo.
When:March every year Where:Jaipur
A vibrant desert town, Bikaner is known for its fabulous forts, cultural festivals, and ascintillating finish. Though it is still lesser known than many other Rajasthan cities, but its sand-swiping locale and experiential camel-safari is attracting travellers looking to avoid the tourism hustle. So if fascinating history, jewel-studded walls and rolling sand dunes interest you, then Bikaner is a must-visit.
The most imposing structure here, hands down, is the Junagarh Fort. Built between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, this awe-inspiring edifice beautifully marries Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The Junagarh Fort is the only fort in Rajasthan to have been built at a ground level and not on an elevated platform!
Temples & more!
Bikaner and temples go hand in hand. The main crowd-puller is undoubtedly the Karni Mata Temple of Deshnokh located 26 kilometers away from the city. Enough has been written about the 20,000 rats that can be spotted scurrying all over the mandir premises with devotees feeding them in lieu of getting their blessings but you really have to see it to believe it.
Rajathan experience is incomplete without a dessert safari and Bikaner is a beautiful place to go for a Camel Safari. But true camel love can be seen in the month of January at the vibrant Camel Festival. It is here that the ‘ship of the desert’ is decorated for special events like races, dances and the works.
Sweets, Snacks & Shopping
Officially the sweet and snack town of Rajasthan, Bikaner will keep your taste buds wanting more. From sweets and bhujia snacks, to shopping is a very wonderful ride. A visit to the Abhivyakti or the Kote Gate market area for the usual jewellery, bandhini and lahariya fabrics is a must!
From the Kitchen...
Bajra Methi Puri
Bajra Methi Puri is a snack dish from Rajasthan, absolutely amazing in taste and healthy too as it doesn’t absorb much of oil.
1 1/2 cupsbajra (black millet) flour
3/4 tsp ginger, garlic and green chilli paste
1/2 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1/4 cup sesame seeds (til)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds powder
1/4 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
4 tsp oil
oil for greasing
salt to taste
oil for deep fry
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, add water as per requirement and make thick dough.
Apply oil on the plastic bag and with the help of palm and fingers make medium sized puri. Do not roll.
Heat the oil in a kadhai.Remove puri from plastic and immediately put it in hot oil.Fry on slow flame till golden brown.Remove on tissue paper and allow it to cool. Store it in air tight container.