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The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi visits the famous Jaisalmer Fort
Royal welcome to Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi at Bikaner

BIKANER, 26 September 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi inching closer to its final destination – New Delhi, reached Bikaner on Saturday. The baton was received by Olympic Silver Medallist Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The relay was flagged of at Bikaner Stadium.  A postage stamp in the honour of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi was also released on the ocassion.

Enjoying the smooth ride on the roads leading to the city, the baton team entered the Bikaner district at Nokra, where the team was greeted with a ceremonial welcome. An ambience of celebration and festivities was created as hundred of villagers gathered to witnesses the ceremony which included colourfully dressed women singing the local tunes and a puppet show.

Bikaner, a city with beautiful sand dunes at the backdrop, was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488 AD. It is famous for delicacies like ‘Rasgullas’, Bhujias’ and ‘Papads’ all over the country. The city still preserves it medieval aura as it remained untouched by outside influence due to the harsh desert surroundings.

The baton team visited various tourist attractions of the city including the famous Karni Mata Temple. The temple is unique for its mice called ‘Kabas’. The mice are considered sacred and they move freely in the temple precincts.

Earlier in the day, the team departed from Jaisalmer and went on to visit the Sonar Fort. The fort is made up of yellow sand stone and the beaming sunlight makes it appear golden in colour during the day.

The baton, on the final leg of its journey would further proceed to the state of Haryana.