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00:40 • Fronts of Havelis

01:24 • Junagarh Fort



Rajasthan is certainly the most visited Indian state by tourists. It is also one of the poorest and this tourist windfall is doing him the greatest good.

The semi-desert arridity of this state located in the northwest of India is largely responsible for this situation.


Bikaner city is one of the last major cities before Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert. The fact of being a little off-center in relation to traditional circuits makes it somewhat sheltered from mass tourism.

If Jodhpur is called "the blue city" and Jaipur "the pink city", Bikaner could be called "the red city".

Like all cities in Rajasthan, Bikaner is very lively and colorful. The women wear brightly colored sarees and many of the facades are richly decorated, witnesses to the splendor of the Silk Road in northern India. Located between China and Persia and Europe, northern India was inevitably on the road for wealthy merchant caravans.

Founded in 1486 by the second son of Rao Joda, founder of Jodhpur, Rao Bika, Bikaner was a famous cultural center renowned for the quality of its silversmiths, weavers and perfumers.

fort Junagarh

Who says rich merchants and caravans on the Silk Road also says the presence of a fort to protect this trade. Bikaner is no exception to this rule.

The city has the wonderful Fort Junagarh.

Bikaner Fort Junagarh is one of the most richly decorated in all of Rajasthan. It dates from the end of the 16th century, built by the Maharajah Rai Singh. Since then, each new Maharajah has seen fit to add new rooms to the building, a bit as if it was necessary to mark the history of the city. The number of rooms in Fort Junagarh is impressive.


At the entrance to the fort, we see casts of hands on a wall. Feminists will appreciate it, but it was traditional in Rajasthan for the wives of maharajahs who died in combat to commit suicide by setting themselves on their husbands' stake. Hand casts were made before the ceremony to perpetuate their memory.


about the place, Bikaner:

The city of Bikaner was founded in 1448 by Rao Bika to whom it owes its name. It has nearly 700,000 inhabitants. Located in the Thar Desert and on one of the Silk Roads, it offers among others tourist interest, in addition to the facades of the havelis (bourgeois houses),  the magnificent Fort Junagarh.


Spoken comments in the film: 

The casts of the hands that we see in the film (at about minute 2) are those of the hands of the wives of the maharajas who died in battle and who immolated themselves at the stake of their husband (Sati).



 (Inde)  - Les Musiciens du Désert - Raga Soratha (Papaiya Pyara Ré), Ocora (558523)



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