Bikaner is a city that still
possesses the charm of the medieval period. Bikaner lies 240 km northeast of
Jodhpur, in the center of the hot Thar. The Rajput civilization comes alive
with opulent palaces, elaborately sculptured temples. The splendor of the
desert, the camels, the entire ambience just arrests the visitor.
Camel, the ship of the desert, is an inseparable part of life here.Bikaner
is the final destination for a veritable foodie. The lip smacking Bikaneri
sweets and namkeens are famous wordlwide. Bikaner is also famous all over
the globe for it's "Bhujia & Papads", spicy snacks made from
fried gram and pulses and also for "Rasgullas" a dessert.
» Junagarh: Is a popular fort that encompasses some beautiful
palaces. These palaces are constructed elaborately in red sandstone and
marble and make it a must visit spot. The main entrance to the fort is
through the Suraj Pol also known as the sun gate. The palaces inside are
ornamented with splendid paintings and intricate glass and mirror work.
Lal Garh Palace
This majestic palace is made in red sandstone and thus the name Lal
Garh Palace. A segment of the palace has been converted into a luxury
hotel and a museum.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
This is the best museum in Rajasthan. A visit to the museum can ensure
you a period back in history. The museum houses some exclusive and
classic collections of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of
Bikaner school and coins.
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» The Har Mandir: This is the majestic
chapel for the royal family for worshipping their gods and goddesses.
» Bhandeshwar Jain Temples: Bikaner boasts of some beautiful
Jain temples, belonging to the 16th century. include the Lakshminathji,
Ratan Biharji, Shiv Bari and Nagnechiji temple are the other important
shrines of Bikaner.
» Camel Festival: The camel festival ensures a memorable
experience. In the month of January one witnesses a spectacle of unusual
camel performances - camel races, camel dances, and the camel rides.
» Karni Mata Fair: The fair is held twice a year - April / May,
October / November for the devotees of the Goddess Durga.
» Kolayatji fair: Held in October-November at Kolayat, devotees
consider it auspious to take a holy dip in the Kolayat Lake and offer
prayers to Karni Mata.
Being a desertscape, the summers are very hot in Bikaner. It is
situated on a slightly higher altitude and has an arid climate most of
the year. The best time to visit this place is in winters when the
weather remains cool and tolerable.
Bikaner is the ideal place to buy articles made of camel-hide, camel
and sheep wool carpets and woollen items, wood and leather products.
While some food items like sweets and snacks can also be bought from
How to Reach:
» Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 253 km.
» Rail: Bikaner is connected with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur,
Bhatinda, Kalka and Howarh (Culcutta).
» Road: Bikaner is connected by road with the major cities
of India. Some important distance are : Delhi 456 km, Jaipur 334 km,
Jaisalmer 333 km.