Bikaner Tourism
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Bikaner Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Desert
  • District: Bikaner
Situated in the north-west part of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert. The town is known for its rich Rajput culture and has some of the most beautiful palaces and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones. Tourists from all across visit Bikaner to get a feel of the desert and the culture and lifestyle of the people here. October to March is the best time to visit this town.

Like any other desert town, the city experiences extreme weather with very hot summers and chilly winters. During the summer months, the days are extremely hot, although the nights become pleasant. Many of the holiday resorts and luxury hotels in Bikaner organise camel safaris, jeep safaris, night safaris and desert camps which allows tourists to get a taste of life in the desert. 

Bikaner is known for its beautiful palaces and forts. The Junagarh Fort, built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh, is the most famous fort in Bikaner and is a tribute to the Rajput style of architecture. 

The Laxmi Niwas Palace which is the former residential palace of the king, Lallgarh Palace, Gajner Palace are some of the other palaces in Bikaner which add to the beauty of the town and gives it a feel of the Rajput heritage. 

Bikaner is home to some beautiful temples and there are around 27 Jain Temples in the place. One unique temple in Bikaner is the Karni Mata Temple; popularly known as the ‘rat temple’. The temple is home to thousands of rats which seem to be everywhere and are considered holy by the devotees who come to offer their prayers. 

The Karni Mata Fair, in honour of Karni Mata, who was an ascetic, is held twice a year – March/April and October/November. It is held at Deshnok, near Nokha which is almost 60 km from Bikaner. The next fair will be held during Navratras, for 10 days, from Chaitra Shukla Ekam to Chaitra Shukla Dashmi of the Hindu lunar calendar. 

Though Karni Mata was an ascetic she is worshipped as a deity by her followers who include the Charans and the royal family of Bikaner. Inside the temple there is an image of Karni Mata which is decorated with garlands and tiaras. When Rajput children get their first haircut, it is offered to the deity to seek her blessings. The temple is open from 4:00 am when priests perform ‘aarti’ and give ‘bhog’ as offerings.

Being a popular tourist destination, there are many fairs and festivities that are organised keeping in mind the tourists. One of the popular festivals held here every January is the Camel Festival. During this festival, hordes of camels are brought out and are decorated in the most colourful way possible. Thousands of people throng this place to be a part of the festivities which include camel racing, dances by camels and bumpy camel rides. 

To view and purchase Rajasthani handicrafts and artefacts, jewellery and fabrics, a trip to the market area is the best option as there are many stalls selling indigenous products and souvenirs. The cuisine here is essentially vegetarian and the town is known for a wide range of traditional Rajasthani vegetarian dishes and sweets. 

Bikaner is well connected to different parts of Rajasthan as well as the country. The nearest airport is at Udaipur. It is also connected by railways to cities like Jodhpur, Mumbai and Delhi, among others. There are also a number of bus services from Bikaner to major cities nearby.

Best time to visit Bikaner in the next six months

  • September
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  • November
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  • January
  • March

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Traveler Inme

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Bikaner a weekend destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
There is not much to see in Bikaner so ideal for a weekend trip. There are direct overnight trains from Delhi and vice versa giving you two full days. What will be on your itinerary? The beauiful Junagadh Fort; Museums - Prachina and Sardul Singh; old havelis if architecture of times gone by interest you; Laxminathji and Jain temples for the religious; Neraby excursions - Deshnok Karni Mata temple (famous rat temple); Shiv Baari, Camel Breeding Institute; Gajner sanctuary (winter destination). Unfortunately some famous palaces have been turned into hotels so not a tourist site. Pick up Camel products from their breeding Institute and bikaneri namkeen as gifts / souvenir.
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Amit Kumar

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  • Amit Kumar
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"Cultural beauty-Bikaner"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 2, 2016
A place to visit where you can know about Rajasthan history and brave king of Rajasthan. It's a place where you can find delicious food and how humble people of Bikaner. Its a place which called chhoti kashi of India because of their people nature. There are so many different kinds of markets.
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Gajendra  Singh

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  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Enjoyed a lot, a must visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Bikaner is a very good place to visit. The aroma of food everywhere and the jawdropping sites are must to be seen here. The people are friendly and helping. Best time to visit Bikaner is by September to mid dec as its very hot in summer and nights are very cold in winter. A must visit place here is the Junagadh Fort. If you are making mind to visit the city then some must visit places are Junagadh Fort, Kolayat, Ramdeora, Deshnok and other places.

For food and shopping related queries I would like to tell you that Bikaji the most famous brand in foods and beverages was originated in this city only. Rasgulla of Chotu Motu and Kachori are must to be tried. Bikaner is better in connectivity through all means of Transport you can even take a bus or a train from anywhere in India.
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Shubham

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"Visit to Karni temple was awesome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Done nothing in Bikaner. Just visited karni mata temple. Enjoyed a lot. The temple is also known as the famous rat temple of india with many stories. Just sit in temple premises and watch the rats running, fighting, rallying, eating. Make friends with some rat and let them hold your hand for eating prasad.
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Amol jayakar

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"Loved the city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2016
We enjoyed the stay in Bikaner very much, you need some days to really enjoy but we were running out of time & had to live as our flight schedule. There are so many beautiful things to see like mahals, forts, rajwadas & what not, Junagadh is the classic example.
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Rakesh  Jha

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"City of Forts-Bikaner"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
Bikaner is a sleepy district town in Rajasthan India carrying history of about 600 years of its existence. The neat and clean town with good roads and friendly people offers many forts and temples for visitors to behold and appreciate the Rajputana heritage. Junagarh fort is a marvel created, added and maintained by Suryavamshi Raghore Rajputs. It's one the finest forts in Rajasthan well kept, maintained with display of weapons, arms and artillery used in medieval warfare. The fort lends a character to the town. There are other forts like the one where the current generation of the royal family lives and part of it is turned into a heritage hotel. There are other medieval structures too, created with classic domes, arches and the jaali work. Apart from seeing and understanding these Rajputana heritage there is nothing else to do in Bikaner. 2 days trip is sufficient to cover all the areas of tourist interests in Bikaner.
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Divy Yadav

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  • Divy Yadav
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Bikaner- Bike ride from Delhi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
Junagrah Fort, Lalgarh Palace, will tell you about history, Peaceful place, good roads, Nice people, cheap rooms you can use Dharamshala for that, available near station. Food is good n cheap too. I made a 24hr trip came from Delhi by road on my bike & came back after having dis awesome experience.
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Imran Usta

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"Very Good Destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2015
Bikaner is very good city and heritage place. In this city most popular place are Junagarh fort, Zoo, Lake, Court Etc. World Famous bhujiya & rashgulla making in bikaner. You are reached by taxi, rail or bus. Bikaner's famous festival is mohram, nirjala gyars, makar skranti etc and very good markets are Em road, kotegate, bhujiya bazaar, bada bazaar. It residential people are very good, familiar & most are well educated people.
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"Best of homely place & best for shopping"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2015
Bikaner is like my second home as many of my relatives stay there. Bikaner is a historic place so one should visit places like the Bikaner Palace and also visit the temples surrounding Bikaner in Nokha area. It is really a delight for a foodie to be in Bikaner-one should visit the Bhujia Bazaar where famous chat items are found and also try out delicious sweets like Malai Ke Ladoo in Bikaner. Activities like having baraf ka gola especially during summer season is a delightful affair. Try to avoid going to Bikaner during May and also during winter as it is very cold out there.
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Pradeep

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"Very good experience- Bikaner"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2015
Bikaner is a traditional city & it is somewhere shown old & somewhere very new. Overall the Bikaner city belongs to a desert area & very much peaceful. Traditional tastes are there as Rasgulla & Bikaneri bhujia. Overall nice place to visit. Forts are very much neat & clean, systems are very much systematic fir tourists.
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