Spread over 6000 acres, the forest of Gajner was transformed into a famous shooting reserve for sand grouse when Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner built the palace next to the Gajner Lake.
Sir Ganga Singh was also an avid wildlife conservator. He introduced different breeds of deer and birds into the state sanctuaries, had wildlife preserves replanted, and ensured that wardens were posted to prevent poaching. There was a ban on hunting of animals during the breeding season and the killing of female animals and their young was strictly prohibited.
Maharaja Karni Singh, grandson of Sir Ganga Singh, converted the hunting preserve of Gajner in to a wildlife sanctuary, a haven to endangered antelopes like the chinkara, black buck, blue bull as well as other rare animals. The sanctuary and lake attract more than a hundred species of migratory birds during the winter. Today you can shoot to your heart’s content, but with a camera.
The history of Bikaner state dates back to 1488 AD, when it was established by the Rajput prince Rao Bikaji a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur, Rao Jodhaji. Bikaji selected this barren land called Jungladesh (jungle land) and shaped it into an impressive city called Bikaner. However, archeological records, civilizations flourished in this region much before the Harappan period. The city wraps layers of history and interesting anecdotes within its narrow streets lines with havelis and palaces.
- Summers: 35 to 45° C
- Winters: 5 to 10° C
- Light tropical in summer, carry hats and sun-screen lotions
- Woollens in winter
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