Lying to the north of Rajasthan, and dotted with several sand dunes, the
royal fortified city of Bikaner has a timeless appeal. Bikaner retains the
medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle. Popularly known as
the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the
world. Camels are an inseparable part of life in Bikaner. The charm of the
desert is all around - specially in the camels. It has forts, palaces and
beautiful temples, narrating the rich heritage of this imperial city. The
annual camel festival is one of the many highlights of the city.
» By Air :
||How to Reach ?
Nearest airport is Jodhpur 240
kms away. Flights are available till Jodhpur from Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai.
» By Trains :
Bikaner is well connected by rail with
all the major cities of India. Direct trains are available from Mumbai,
Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Agra, Allahabad and Kanpur.
» By Road :
Bikaner is well connected by road with
all the major cities of India. Buses are available from Delhi (488 km),
Jaipur (330 km), Jodhpur (260 km), Udaipur, Jaisalmer (320 km), Ahmedabad
and Ajmer (280 km). NH 8 connects Agra to Bikaner via Jaipur, while NH 11
runs from Pathankot to Kandla port, via Amritsar and Bhatinda.
» Private Vehicles :
can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number
of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the
tourists from all over.
||When to Visit ?
October to March is the most ideal time to visit Bikaner.
||Where to Stay ?
Bikaner offers ample accommodation options. In terms of hotels you
may choose from any of the heritage hotels in Bikaner. The hotels range from
luxury to budget and between. All the hotels are ideally designed to make
your stay in Bikaner comfortable.
What to do ?
» Sightseeing :
There is ample opportunity for
sightseeing in Bikaner. The attractions in the city include - fort, palaces,
gardens, temples and much more.
» Shopping :
Bikaner has its own peculiar items,
typical to this region; its articles made of camel hide, camel and sheep
wool carpets and woolen items, wood and leather products. The Bikaneri
bhujia and sweets are popular all over the world.
» Eating Out :
Almost all the hotels and restaurants
in the city offer Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Besides,
Rajasthani is the speciality of all the hotels and restaurants.
Forts & Palaces
» Junagarh Fort :
||What to See ?
Built between 1589 and 1594 by
Raja Rai Singh, one of the trusted Rajput generals of Akbar, this imposing
fort defied every attack that was made on it. Stands proud and unconquered,
the perimeter wall of the fort is nearly a kilometer long, with 37 bastions
and two gates. Within the fort complex are a profusion of palaces (37 of
them), pavilions and temples. The palaces, exquisitely built in red
sandstone and marble are amazing with mirror work, carvings and paintings.
» Lalgarh Palace :
The red fort-palace was built by
Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902. The palace, designed by a British
architect, is made of red sandstone and adorned with marvelously intricate
latticework and carvings that exhibit great delicacy and refinement. There
are several terraced lawns and bougainvillea bushes, and peacocks stroll the
yards. Part of the Palace has been converted into a hotel, but the rest
remains a museum.
» Bhandeshwar Jain Temples :
5 km from Bikaner,
these are beautiful 16th century Jain temples, dedicated to the 23rd
Tirthankar Parshvanathji. Other important temples of Bikaner include the
Lakshminathji, Ratan Bihariji, Shiv Bari, and Nagnechiji temple. The
Bhaironji Temple at Kodamdesar, about 40 kms from Bikaner, is another