BIKANER TOURISM GUIDE:
Founded By: Rao Bikaji
Tourist Attractions: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace
Best Time To Visit: October To March
This Royal walled city is a part of the desert tourist triangle and lies on the northern tip of the triangle. The city was founded in 1486 AD by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, hence the name Bikaner. Bikaji was the son of Rao Jodhaji who had asked his son to establish a kingdom of his own. The challenge was accepted and Bikaji choose the wild country ‘Jangaldesh’ as his territory and thus the city of Bikaner came into existence.
A seven-kilometers wall with five entrances was built to protect the city from vagaries of the desert and any external aggression. The city flourished as an important trade center between Gujarat seaports and West Asian countries. The unbroken line of descendants of Bikaji ruled Bikaner till India got Independence. Bikaner is known for its good breed of riding camels, which are among the best in the world. The Camel Festival held every year is famous all over the globe. Bikaner has many magnificent buildings made of Reddish Pink sandstone that transcends the surrounding barren wilderness. Unlike other cities of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been able to preserve its traditional aura of the medieval era, which makes a visitor come here year after year.
Best Places to Visit in Bikaner
Forts and Palaces in Bikaner:
Junagarh Fort: One of the most imposing forts of northern India– Junagarh Fort– has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh. more…
Lalgadh Palace: Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace displays a magnificient blend of Oriental and European style. more…
Museums in Bikaner:
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: This small museum has a large collection of pre-Harappan, Gupta and Kushan pottery. The rich collection of pottery, carpets, paintings, armory, and coins make this museum one of the best in Rajasthan. The Bikaneri miniatures, which are displayed in a separate section for local arts, make a visit to the museum a must. more…
Excursions from Bikaner
Bhandeshwar Sandeshwar Temples: Five km from the city, these temples are the oldest surviving monuments of aesthetic heritage. These were built by two brothers and the temples carry their names. The mirror work and the gold leaf paintings in the temple are noteworthy. The temples are dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parsvanathji.
Gajner Wild Life Sanctuary: 32 km on the Jaisalmer Road is located the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary. Wooded hills and lakes surround the lush green forest. One can easily spot a Blue Bull, Chinkara, Black Buck or flocks of Sand Grouse and Wild Boar living in the sanctuary.
Kalibanga: One of the major archaeology sites of the Harappan civilisation. This place houses immense treasure of our past and is of particular interest to archaeology enthusiasts. more…
Kolayat: 54-km from Bikaner, it is a picnic spot.
Camel Breeding Farms: Take a ride on one or watch the calves gamboling, or submit to a Raika or a Rebari from traditional camel breeder, over a cup of camel’s milk at the camel breeding farms just eight km away from the city. This farm is the only of its kind in Asia.
Devi Kund: This is the royal crematorium with a number of cenotaphs. The ‘chhatri’ of Maharaja Surat Singh is most imposing. One cannot miss the spectacular Rajput paintings on the ceilings. 8 km from Bikaner.
Fairs and Festivals Bikaner:
Camel Festival: In the festival, one can see the ‘Ship of the Desert’ at its sporting best. The festival is held in January every year. more…
Karni Mata Fair: Held twice in a year–April/ May and October/ November– the fair is celebrated on the ninth day of the Navratri. Devotees throng the temple to worship Goddess Durga and her incarnations on this day. more…
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT BIKANER
Best Hotels in Bikaner
Bikaner is counted among one of the major cities of the Rajasthan state and is well equipped with varied hotel options, which include luxurious and budget hotels as well as tourist lodges.
Climate & Weather Averages in Bikaner
Bikaner has got an extreme desert type of climate with high-temperature difference and low rainfall. The best season to visit Bikaner between October and March.
Nearby Cities of Bikaner:
Bikaner General Information
Population: About 4 lakhs people reside in this historic city.
Main Languages: Rajasthani, Hindi and English.
Bikaner Tourist Information Centres
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (RTDC)
Tourist Centre, Hotel Swagatam, Office Annexe Near Railway Station, Jaipur – 302 006 (Rajasthan) India .
How to Reach Bikaner By Air, Rail & Road?
Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 240 km.
Rail: The Indian Railways connects Bikaner with cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Agra, Jaipur, Allahabad, etc. The gorgeous ‘Palace on wheels’ also covers Bikaner in its eight-day tour of Rajasthan.
Road: Though the unfriendly desert sands surround Bikaner but the city is well connected by roads. There are local and inter-state bus services for Bikaner.