Day 3: Bikaner
Visiting Karni temple and Junagarh Fort on your Village stay in Rajasthan.
Mandawa to Bikaner will be a smooth ride. It will hardly take you three hours to reach Bikaner and while you are at it, you’ll visit Karni Temple or the Rat Temple of Rajasthan.
Talk about bizarre facets of India; well this is going to be an epic one.
Like we already told you Karni Temple is a rat temple in Rajasthan that’s on the way to Bikaner from Mandawa. And that’s not because of the lack of pest control in this area, the reason behind these rats existing here is fixated on a Hindu legend.
According to which, Karni Mata the incarnation of Goddess Durga was the part of the clan named Charin. She lived 150 years and yet was young and beautiful. People believe that after her death, she became a rat.
In the gist of which, every Charin clan member believed that they too will be incarnated as rats and the tradition continued to revere rats in this temple.
Moreover for ages, devotees have been visiting this temple to not only pay homage but also to heal ailments.
Furthermore, the most enticing part about it is that rats live here and stay here despite the fact that they are free to move, which is indeed mind boggling.
Do you know that there is also a popular belief that if you get overrun by a white rat you will turn lucky? The more you know!
Next up on your list the very flamboyant Junagarh Fort.
Junagarh fort is the Zion to every shutterbug. It’s beautiful, it’s magnificent and it quite aptly showcases the “Royal Rajasthan” narrative. Built out of red sandstone, this lofty fort in Rajasthan is a unique amalgamation of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural styles.
Moreover, this beautiful fort of Rajasthan holds a lot more architectural charms inside its gated boundaries than on its exteriors. However, if you wish to enkindle the history buff in you, visit the fort’s museum for impalpable artifacts and armories.
Although this fort is quite big, it ideally takes around 2 hours to explore the place properly.
Places to see inside Junagarh Fort: Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.