A shimmery dreamland of sand dunes

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2 Days

October-March

Jodhpur Airport
30℃ to 39℃

Bikaner Tourism

Bikaner is a north Indian state of Rajasthan, which is situated east of the border with Pakistan. It's encompassed by the Thar Desert. The city will enchant you with the camels rambling in its stunning sand dunes and enthral you with its antiquated castles and fortresses. Appropriately designated as one of the three prominent sand areas of Rajasthan, the dazzling city brags of timeless grace, luxuriant Havelis and represents a gratifying olden age of the Rajputs. Bikaner with its elegance in building, history and culture has sands loaded with intensity, gaiety and aesthetic miracles. Sand Dunes and the Desert Safari are amidst primary fascinations. Bikaner is also renowned for entertaining the international Camel festival which entices tourists from all over the world. Other temptations here involve encountering delicacies such as Thandai, Bhujias, buying for the captivating Ivory and Lacquer pieces or clearly testifying the eternal legacy talking from the wall pictures and arts and crafts in the area. The town is also identified for its intricately carved Jharokas, stone screens found on the windows of the Junagarh fort, temples and Havelis. Bikaner was and is the centre for Usta Art, a generic term for the Manoti-Naqqashi. One of the best-known exportation of the city is Bikaneri Bhujia, a spicy meal made from moth dal, spices and edible oil. 

Attractions

Kote Gate

1.Kote Gate

1 kilometres from city centre

Extending a sight of the glittering developmental work in the city, Kote Gate is the principal entry gate of Bikaner. This striking construction is...

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Station Road

2.Station Road

1 kilometres from city centre

The Station Road market is sprawling with infinite stores and small time, vendors. This market is a wonderful spot to procure embellished footwear ...

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Rampuriya Haveli

3.Rampuriya Haveli

1 kilometres from city centre

Rampuria Haveli has been erected during the 15th century by Balujee Chalva who was assigned to assemble magnificent and graceful palaces that befit...

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Lalgarh Palace

4.Lalgarh Palace

3 kilometres from city centre

Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner constructed a Palace that has endured both time and desert sun for over a century. Discovered deep in the core of...

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Shiv Bari Temple

5.Shiv Bari Temple

5 kilometres from city centre

Composed of red sandstone in the 19th century, Shive Bari temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple compounds a four-faced black marble sculpture...

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Desert Safari

6.Desert Safari

267 kilometres from city centre

Desert safari in Bikaner is a jolting trip which one must encounter at least once in a life. Safari on the Thar Desert is diversified with several ...

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Laxmi Nath temple

7.Laxmi Nath temple

2 kilometres from city centre

Shri Laxminath is one of the earliest temples of Bikaner. It is blessed with the pious sanctum of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Additionally, the ...

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Karni Mata Temple

8.Karni Mata Temple

26 kilometres from city centre

Karni Mata temple or the “temple of rats” is a very prominent temple located at Deshnoke which is 30 km away from Bikaner in Rajasthan, India. The ...

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Camel festival

9.Camel festival

29 kilometres from city centre

Camel Fair, Bikaner is a most explored celebration in Rajasthan. Coordinated by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival ...

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Junagarh Fort

10.Junagarh Fort

1 kilometres from city centre

A magnificent construction encompassing which the city of Bikaner swelled up the fort of Junagarh was originally named as Chintamani and was furthe...

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Bhandasar Jain Temple

11.Bhandasar Jain Temple

2 kilometres from city centre

One of the earliest temples in Bikaner known as Bhandasar Jain temple was constructed in the 15th century. It is embellished with mirror work, fres...

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Gajner Palace

12.Gajner Palace

27 kilometres from city centre

The Gajner Palace in Bikaner is a gem in the Thar Desert. It was established by His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh of Bikaner on the banks of a ...

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National Reserch Centre On Camel

13.National Reserch Centre On Camel

7 kilometres from city centre

National Research Centre on Camel, was founded in 1984 by the central government. It is a very famous place where several breeds of camels are exam...

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Devi Kund

14.Devi Kund

8 kilometres from city centre

Discovered at a span of 8 km from the Bikaner city, Devi Kund or Devi Kund Sagar is a compilation of Cenotaphs (Chattris), an astounding demonstrat...

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City Shopping

15.City Shopping

1736 kilometres from city centre

Streets of Bikaner are a true form of buyer's delight. Ranging from traditional outfits and footwear to craftsmanships and eateries - all are acces...

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CULTURAL HISTORY OF BIKANER: THE ROYAL INFLUENCE OF RAJPUTS

Bikaner was a desolate desert before the 15th century and was identified as Jangladesh. In 1488 Rao Bika of the Rathore family founded the city of Bikaner and it received its title from the originator. Though it was in the Thar Desert, Bikaner was in an imperative position on the business ways and was recognised as a haven. This facilitated Rao Bika to acquire sweeping resources and the city prospered. Later, the state then came beneath the jurisdiction of the Mughals till the British took clasp of it, in the 18th century. General Maharaja Ganga Singh, who governed from 1887 to 1943, was a favoured by the British Viceroys and also very famous visionary amidst the kings of Rajasthan. He induced financial affluence to the city and made a number of castles, improved the army and even created a canal. Bikaner was the first kingdom in Rajasthan to introduce electricity, in the year 1886. The royal family still lives in the Lalgarh palace in the city, most of which has been converted into a heritage hotel.

How to reach

 When it comes to good connectivity, Bikaner is well-linked to nearly every other significant centres of India by air, road and rail.

How to Reach by Flight

Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to Bikaner, it is well furnished with the latest pieces of equipment. From here one can get many direct and indirect flights to different destinations like. Nal Airport is under construction and is 13kms from Bikaner. 

How to Reach by Train

Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station are positioned at a distance of 6 km from each other. These two stations join Bikaner to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Punjab, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Guwahati.

How to Reach by Bus

Regular buses from Delhi, Jodhpur, Agra, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Kota operate regularly from Bikaner. You can avail either state-owned government buses or private buses, depending on your budget.

How to Reach by Road

Bikaner is well-connected by a system of roadways which makes your road trip convenient. 

How to travel within

There are regular bus services and Cabs available to travel within the city. 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Cuisine: Food in Bikaner is delightful and served with happiness. While everything here is suitable to try, for a regional gastronomic activity you might want to try the regional and popular food of Bikaner. Some of the famous meals in Bikaner are Bikaneri BHujia, Raj Kachori, Ghevar, Khasta, Kesar Finni, Gatte ki Sabji, Rasgulla, Rajasthani thali, Laal Maas, Pakodi and many more. Bikaner is foodie heaven. 

Availability of ATMs: ATMs such as HDFC Bank, SBI, Punjab National Bank, IDBI, Axis Bank, ICICI, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India etc are available in the city. 

Where to stay: One can ensure a great stay in the grandeur of Bikaner in the hotels such as Laxmi Niwas Palace, Gajner Palace, Bhanwar Niwas, Heritage Resort, Lallgarh Palace, Gaj Kesari, Vijay Guest House, Sagar etc.

Bikaner Itinerary

Day 01: Arrived at Bikaner and Check-in at the hotel. Visit Junagarh palace. After that take a route to the National Research Centre on Camel. Later visit the Bhandasar Jain temple. Lastly, take a sightseeing trip and tour Lalgarh Palace in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02: Bikaner sightseeing After breakfast, full day tour of this desert city. Visit Rampuriya Haveli in the evening. Lastly in the evening, spend time buying goodies from the market places. Spend the night in the hotel. Leave for respective homes in the morning.

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