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Introduction

This is 500-year-old town standing still in time. The rulers here built beautiful forts that echo of opulence and images of monsoon clouds in this dry land. The wealth of its architectural heritage lies in its forts, palaces and temples– magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone, are living. Here is a temple where rats are held sacred. Today the city is known for flourishing industries of food, wool and camel breeding. The genesis of Bikaner dates back to 1488A.D, when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, son of Rao Jodhaji of Jodhpur, chose a barren wilderness called 'Jangladesh' and transformed it to a charming city called 'Bikaner', after the founder's name. Not only do the traditions come alive here in colourful bazaars and Havelis, but Bikaner is also famous for the best riding camels in the world.

Area 270 sq km
Altitude 242 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-21.0 C-48.0 C Winter--2.2 C-32.0C
Language English, Hindi, Rajasthani
STD Code 0562
Rainfall 26-44 cms. average yearly
Best Time to Visit November To February

Bikaner MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Bikaner is well connected to the nearby towns and cities of importance. Nearest Airport is Jodhpur 240 kms. The airport is easily accessible by road.
  2. Rail:-Bikaner is on the metre gauge network of the western Railways. It has convenient connections from Delhi and Jodhpur. Air-conditioned coaches are attached to Delhi trains.
  3. Road:-Bikaner is well connected by road to the rest of the country. The National Highway No 8 connects Agra to Bikaner via Jaipur while National Highway No 11 runs from Pathankot to Kandla port, via Amritsar and Bhatinda. Regular bus service operates between Bikaner and major cities like Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Ajmer. Rajasthan Roadways run daily deluxe coaches between Jaipur and Bikaner.

Places to Visit

Old City Lallgarh Palace Junagarh Fort
Ganga Museum Gajner Sanctuary  

Excursion

Camel Breeding Farm Karni Mata Temple Kalibangan Kolayat Temple

Shopping

Bikaner is a nice place to shop. Bikaner, known in the world for it's "BHUJIA & PAPADS", spicy snacks made from fried gram and pulses and also for "RASGULLAS" (a dessert). It has also attained popularity for items stitched out of camel hide which includes belts, wallets, bags, and Jutties (footwear) etc. Government Khadi Emporium at Mahatma Gandhi Road for local blankets, rugs, carpets, wood carvings and lacquer work. Bikaner is a famous centre for embroidery and appliqué work, painted pottery, carpet weaving and delicately carved wooden doors. Bikaner is also famous for a variety of snacks, especially the Bikaneri bhujia.

Accommodation

Basant Palace Bhanwar Niwas Gajner Palace Karni Bhawan Lallgarh Palace
Jaswant Bhawan Heritage Resort Raj Vilas Palace Maan Bilas