Bikaner Tourism
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Bikaner Tourism

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  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Desert
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.
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Nilesh

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  • Nilesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"One famous Temple and One of the best food walks"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I took a trip to Bikaner from Delhi with family (wife, sis, parents, grandma) to pay regards at the Suswani Mata ka Mandir in Morkhana. Took the Delhi-Bikaner Superfast train from Sarai Rohilla station at 11. 35 pm on Friday night and reached Bikaner at 7. 10 am on Saturday morning. After freshening up at the decent waiting room at the station, we took an Innova (hired in advance at the rate of Rs. 2000 for 8 hours) and headed for Morkhana. It took around 1. 5 hours and we reached our first destination at 9:30 am.

After paying our regards and having a delicious lunch at the temple mess, we left for the second destination, the famous Karni Mata ka Mandir or the 'chuhe wala mandir' as it is more popularly known as. The mandir has lost most of the rats and the current scene is not very pleasing as most of the rats look sick and the place stinks. But my sis did spot a white rat which is considered auspicious by the locals. Then we headed for the city again and took a room in Hotel Vrindavan which is in the lane right opposite the station. Negotiated a family room for 2000 bucks as we were going to stay for just 7 hours and released the cab since we were going to take an amazing food walk in Bikaner.

After resting for a couple of hours, we started with the food walk at 5:30 pm. Our first stop was Chotu Motu Joshi, famous for its kachoris and sweets. We tried kachoris, milk cakes and chamcham and all were delicious. Then we headed to Lalji for some delightful chaats and ordered Raj Kachori, Suji wale golgappe and Dahi wale golgappe chat and cleaned up all of them. With our stomachs full, we headed to Chunnilal for the best bela ka sherbet in town and rounded up the food walk with the famous Daulat ka chatta (ice ball topped with flavours and malai). The entire food walk cost us around 700 rupees.

Advice to fellow travellers -

Don't visit it in June, it's burning hot and we could not enjoy before 6pm.
If you want to skip something in the food walk, you can give Lalji a skip.
In winters, you would need lots of warm clothes because it can get really cold. So, the ideal time to visit Bikaner is October-November or February-March
You can also visit the Junagarh fort but it closes by 4:30pm and we skipped it as we wanted to stay indoors in the heat.
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Virender kumar Bhargava

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  • Virender kumar Bhargava
  • Lives in Adyar
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"Crowded, noisy and polluted place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
Not very good. Main market is too crowded, noisy and polluted due to large number of vehicles, though big vehicles are banned in the day time. Had to carry luggage from one to other through over bridge as there were no coolies at 10 pm. We all, 5 senior citizens travelling together, had a tough time.
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Dheeraj Agrawal

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Visit only if required"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
There is not much to be done here. There are some temples which you can visit. The city is very small and good for a stay over. Hotel choices are very limited. Food is also average. The road from Delhi to Bikaner is very bad. Though it dramatically improves when you go to Jaisalmer.
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Abhijeet

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  • Abhijeet
  • Lives in Pune
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"Bikaner - Good for History, Temples & Camels"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 10, 2015
Bikaner was 1 day visit in our Complete Rajasthan trip.

Visited followings

Karni Mara temple [Rat Temple] - A complete different exp. Must visit.
Jain Temple - There are many Jain Temple all over Rajasthan, this one I find about average.
Junagarh Fort - Car can drive till inside the ford, so good for everyone. Fort fees included the guide and was good in narration. This fort is again typical Rajasthan fort built over many year by many different rulers - including last maharaja who participated in the World War 2, hence you can see a plant from that time in the fort.
Prachina Museum: Has decent collections of Royal items. My daughter aged 7 liked the girls dresses collection a lot.
Camel Breeding Farm: We were late to reach there and next day it was opening at 2PM, So missed it.

Bikaner is famous for Bhujia - Spice Sev. Tasted it there and bought 2 packs with us.
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Kinnari Jangid

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  • Kinnari Jangid
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"A place with good sightseeing spots"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2014
The best thing in Bikaner is its desert safari, loaded on camels. The tourist visit sand dunes of bikaner and ladera (village near bikaner). The junagarh fort and the historical museum makes this visit worth. The king edward memorial road is famous for its market. You can always find a good restaurant and hotel to stay. The hotel service is nice. Above all, the connectivity with the capital city Jaipur is continuous and soon airport will also be available there.
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Imran Tak

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  • Imran Tak
  • Lives in Bikaner
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"Best time to visit is the winters season"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2014
This is the best time to visit the of city Desert. Do come with your friends and family. As the winter is coming, it will be a great experience for you here. Heritage hotels, palaces museum and lots of things are there to sea. You can also taste different type of food here.
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Chiku Sethiya

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"Fabulous experience at the desert"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
Really Rajasthan rocks. Great experience on camel, sand all over there, forts, there culture, food. Bikaner Is a place to watch for everyone. We stay there with family friends home but travel complete bikaner with Jeep and camels. Food was awesome. Deshnoke a place near Bikaner famous for rat temple was very good. Bikaneri sweets and Namkeen was too good. Must advice everyone to go there with complete knowledge before that.
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Kapil dev Soni

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  • Kapil dev Soni
  • Lives in Rajaldesar
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"The royal place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2014
Bikaner is the most sensationalist and a royal heritage place. Seems like a heaven at the earth. Maharaja Gangasingh was the man who made Bikaner what it is country. Its an amazing place to see the true colour of The Indian royal and rich history.
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Nitesh Daga

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"You will feel like you are in some Royal place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2014
Bikaner is one the best cities of colourful Rajasthan. A good place for heritage visit. Good place to really enjoy some good food. I would say it is one for the best city in terms of variety of food it has and the taste. Market is also good here. Bhujiya and papad are exported in almost every part of the country from here actually out side the country also. Bikaji haldiram one of biggest brands originated from here. Has a lots for parks and Dhani's. Quite Famous for temples also. The world Famous Rat temple is here fro which actually every year a lot many tourists from every country in the world come to visit. The people are very fun loving here. The enjoy themselves a lot and this could be seen live during any festival specially in the old city (The Bada Bazar ) area. Camels Safari is also one interesting activity that could be enjoyed and that also world famous. One should Feel the happiness around this city once in the lifetime. Without it life can not be complete in one or the other way. Guys please do visit this place.
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Nimit Agrawal

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  • Nimit Agrawal
  • Lives in Bikaner
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"Fabulous experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 10, 2014
In Bikaner you can enjoy camel riding and delicious food specially Bikaner Bhujia, Bikaner Rasgulla and other indigenous famous must visit junagarh fort & old city of bikaner. Also visit the camel farm, where the baby camel is so sweet. Bikaner is well connected too.
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