In 1488 AD, an enterprising Rathore prince named Rao Bikaji found a barren piece of land named Jangladesh. He then transformed into a magnificent city called Bikaner.
A prosperous trading town in the medieval period Bikaner was strategically located on the ancient caravan routes. It formed a link between west/central Asia to the seaports in Gujarat. Popularly known as 'Camel Country', this desert city is mainly famous for its camels. In fact, camels form an integral part of the life and culture of Bikaner. January is one of the busiest months for Bikaner Travel when thousands of tourists come to visit the famous Bikaner Camel Festival.
Bikaner Tourism takes you to the sights and sounds of this historic city. They create a harmony and music of their own which will leave you mesmerized with an experience to cherish forever.
Tourist Attractions in Bikaner
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Bikaner are listed below.
Raja Rai Singh, one of the most trusted generals of Emperor Akbar, built the Junagarh Fort in 1593 AD. The fort is a classic blend of oriental and European forms of architecture. It is situated on the desert plain unlike other forts in Rajasthan that are situated on higher elevations. The Junagarh Fort has remained unconquered till date and has only two gates, the main entrance being the Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate. The fort also houses a number of magnificent palaces and gardens that are famous for their exquisite beauty.
Lalgarh Palace and Museum
The Lalgarh Palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father is an architectural masterpiece in itself. Made of red sandstone, the meticulously done latticework and filigree work further enhance the beauty of this majestic structure. The sprawling gardens and dancing peacocks within the palace are a treat to the eyes. A part of the Lalgarh Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum.
Camel Research Farm
This farm spreads over an area of over 2000 acres of semi arid land and is managed by the central government. It also has the distinction of being the only one of its kind in Asia. Apart from being a breeding and research center, the farm also imparts training to camels.
Karni Mata Temple
Many curious travelers visit this peculiar temple to see the thousands of rats who live here and are fed by the devotees. Tread carefully, for if you step on a rat and kill it, you got to pay penance by offering a silver rat to the goddess! The temple is visited by thousands during the Karni Mata Fair held twice a year - March–April and September–October.
The delicate stone carvings & vibrant Jain paintings of this 15th century Jain temple are as vibrant & colorful as they were centuries ago. It is believed that during its construction, 40,000 kg of clarified butter was used in the mortar instead of water, which still seeps through its floor & walls on very hot days.
Shopping in Bikaner
Exquisite jewelry, lac bangles, tie & die quilts, and embroidered camel leather footwear are some of the interesting souvenirs you may pick from Bikaner.
Food in Bikaner
Bikaner is famous for its snacks, specially the Bikaneri Bhujji, dal samosa, and many such savories Bikaner is a great place to eat and take-along packets of happiness.
Best Time to Visit Bikaner
The best time to visit this desert town would be in winter from October to February.
How to Reach Bikaner
By Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur, which is 235 km away.
By Rail : There are trains connecting Bikaner to cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The Chetak Express and the Bikaner Express are important trains that connect Delhi and Bikaner.
By Road: Bikaner is connected by road with some of the major cities of India and Rajasthan. Delhi is at a distance of 456 km away from Bikaner while Jaipur lies 334 km away from the city.
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