Luxury Trains of India
Rajasthan Travel Guide
Bikaner, the desert city of Rajasthan is situated in its northern part, sharing its boundaries with Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaisalmer and Pakistan. It was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488 A.D. Once a barren and rustic land is now a striking place and a princely state.
The climate in Bikaner is very extreme.
With dust storms blowing and temperature as high as 46 degree Celsius makes the summers worst out here.
Conversely, the winters in Bikaner are quite cold. The temperature drops down to even -1 degree Celsius sometimes.
A downpour quite rare in Bikaner The rainy season lasts from July to September.
November to February is the best time to unravel the mysteries of the camel country Bikaner, Rajasthan.
If you are the one who wonders as if how to reach Bikaner, you need not worry as it is well connected through air, rail and road.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, 235 kilometers away.
Bikaner is connected with Delhi, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Jaipur and other important parts through rail network.
Bikaner has a well developed network of roads connecting it to the prominent cities.
The Camel Festival
One of the major festivals is the camel festival, dedicated to the ship of the desert called the camel. The celebrations include camel races, camel milking competition, camel performances and camel acrobatics dances.
This festival is held every year, in the month of January.
Gangaur festival, held in April, is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. It is an eighteen day long celebration, followed by expansive processions accompanied by women singing devotional songs and dancing in the honour of the deity.
Kolayat fair and Holi are also celebrated with great zest and zeal.
The Bikaner Accommodation is successful in providing its tourists a comfy and cozy lodging. A large number of tourists throng in every year at this popular tourist destination.
Some of the names are listed below:
Deluxe Heritage Hotels
There is a wide variety of restaurants in Bikaner that you may choose to dine at.
Amber Restaurant situated near Station Road is known for serving tempting vegetarian thalis and continental cuisine.
Hotel Joshi, again on Station Road is the cheapest, yet the best hotel that serves tasty and toothsome Indian food, thalis and snacks.
Walk in for some flavorful sweets and knick knacks, Chhotu Motu Joshi Sweet Shop will be a good option.
Bhanwar Niwas Hotel, Lalgarh
Palace Hotel, Annapurna are other options to dine out.
The Junagarh Fort in Bikaner was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1593 A.D. There are 37 palaces and pavilions and a museum within the fort. It displays some beautiful paintings and unique antiques that makes it a great attraction for art lovers.
The Lalgarh Palace, was erected by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in 1902. It is an extensive building of red sandstone. It is a perfect blend of the Rajput and European architectural styles. It houses in massive halls, lounges, a 5 star hotel and even the Shri Sadul Museum that displays some extra ordinary antiques.
Camel Breeding Farms are only of its kind in Asia, drawing a bulk of visitors to the city.
Some of the other major attractions for the visitors are the Har Mandir, Jain Haveli, Gajner Palace, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Deshnoke Temple, Fort Museum and Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum.
As you walk down the attractive bazaars in Bikaner, you will notice that it has its own typical products such as wooden items, leather ware, Mojri and Kundan jewelry, wool carpets and woolen products and other goods make from the wool obtained from sheep and camel. These products cannot be easily found elsewhere. Phad painting is a must buy of this place.
The popular shopping areas to be listed are Khadi Industries Institute, Kot Gate, Station Road, King Edwaed Memorial Road, urmil Trust at Junagarh Fort.
Do not miss the opportunity to explore the city through an unforgettable shopping experience.
If you want to see beauty blooming in a desert, come to Bikaner. The city is spread over an area of 27,284 square kilometer with a total population of 19.02 lac. A major part of the total population is engaged in agriculture. The rich cultural heritage of this city has developed over a period of five hundred years. The city is all painted with colour and celebrations. Apart from the joyous celebration of the festivals of the Hindus as well as the Muslims, there are several other fairs that the region surrenders itself to. The unique culture of the place never fails to mesmerize its visitors.