Bikaner Tourism

Bikaner Tourism

Bikaner Info

  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Desert
  • District: Bikaner
  • Language: Hindi,Rajasthani
  • Weather: Summer 29 to 39°C, Winter 14 to 25°C

History of 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 sandstones. 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 allow tourists to get a taste of life in the desert.

Things To Do in Bikaner

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 is some of the other places 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.

People and Culture of Bikaner

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.

Food and Shopping in Bikaner

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.

Accommodation in Agra

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.

Bikaner is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jodhpur and Jaipur.

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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 290 photos
  • 171 Reviews
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"The Karni Land"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2017
Among all the historic dynasties of Rajasthan, Bikaner was the one of newest kingdom. The Karni Singh and his generations has ruled here some centuries. It is believed that the king of Bikaner was sibling of Jodhpur King and after a dispute he decided to establish his kingdom here. There is a lot to see and explore in Bikaner, the delicious food, royal history, temples and living generations of the dynasty. The perfect weekend gateway for Delhities and Jaipurians is totally worth of visit without burning your pocket. Bikaner is well connected by Road and Railways. Overnight buses and trains from Delhi and Jaipur vice versa runs daily.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"A city of food"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2017
Bikaner is a food city of Rajsthan. You can try here papad bhujia and dalmot. Some famous brands of bhujia belongs to Bikaner. I also saw here very cheap rasgullas. But in city you also enjoy delicious food. Must try vegetarian thali. See here lalgarh place a nice fort
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Bikaner"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2016
I had been to Bikaner by road in the month of November 2016. Bikaner is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Rajasthan. The must-visit attractions around Rajasthan include the iconic Junagarh Fort, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and the popular Jain Temple. The Junagarh Fort was constructed by Raja Rai Singh in the year 1593. The architecture used to construct this majestic fort has mixture of Gujarati, Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. The must-visit attractions inside the fort are the Hawa Mahal and the Diwan-e-khas. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary houses some unique plants and animals. Antelopes, Boars and bulls can be found in plenty here. Jeep Safaris and Camel Safaris take one to a wonderful journey to both the animals and migratory birds. One has to remember that both the Gajner Palace and lake are located in the precincts of this wonderful natural abode. The Jain Temple was constructed in 1514 by Bhandasa Oswal. The Jain Temple has 3 storeys and the Rajputana Architecture is reflected in its totality here. Red Sandstone and White Marble have been intricately used in the construction of this grand temple.
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Traveler Inme

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  • Traveler Inme
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Bikaner a weekend destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016
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
  • 1 Review
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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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  • Gajendra Singh
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"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 jaw-dropping sites are must to be seen here. The people are friendly and helping. Best time to visit Bikaner is by September to mid December as it's 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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"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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  • 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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  • Rakesh Jha
  • 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 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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