Havelis of Bikaner. I will certainly write more in detail about the havelis of Bikaner, but here is a quick overview. These mansions were commissioned by the King of Bikaner for the merchants of the city so that they make Bikaner their home and do business from here. It was a tactical move and played a huge role in making the city a major commercial center. After independence, Bikaner lost much of it's sheen and merchants started migrating out of the city to the rest of the India, especially Kolkata (then Calcutta) as well as many parts of Maharashtra, like Pune. With time most of the big players were gone and with that started the decline and demise of the haveli culture of the city.