Bikaner Tourism
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Bikaner Tourism

Bikaner Info

  • 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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Tanmay Bhargava
  • Tanmay Bhargava
  • 1 Review

"The most interesting historical place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a very historical place. It has various historical monuments like Junagarh Fort, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Fort, etc. One can get to know a lot about the history of Rajputs and Bikaner. You must visit the Junagarh Fort. It also has a temple of lord Ganesh. It has a museum named Prachina Museum. There was a variety of food available. Ragra Pattice, Cholle Bhature all were tremendous. Although it was quite hot, most of my time was spent in visiting places in Bikaner. If we go to city side (inside the city i.e the main market) we will find a huge amount of traffic. You must visit this city along with your family..
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Tapan Paul
  • Tapan Paul
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"Memorable camel riding and delicious sweets" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You must visit Junagarh Fort and old city of Bikaner. Bhujia and Papad are famous food products of Bikaner. You must also visit the camel farm where you can see cute baby camels. Bikaner is well connected by rail and buses from Jaipur, Dellhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Camel riding and sweets of Bikaner are memorable.
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Munesh Kumar
  • Munesh Kumar
  • Desert Ranger
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 6 Reviews

"Had a good time with family"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Great Thar Desert of India is famous for Camel and Bikaner. In Bikaner you can enjoy camel rides and delicious food specially Bikaner Bhujia, Bikaner Rasgulla and other indigenous famous sweets of North India. There you can also enjoy Indra Gandhi Canal with a huge greenery. The famous KARNI MATA TEMPLE also situated in Bikaner. Where you can see WHITE RAT (KABA) which is known to be good wish. Bikaner has the largest Cotton Mandi. You have to visit Bikaner from Oct. to Feb. In January you may enjoy annual camel Festival. In my experience the Bikaner is best destination to visit .
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Arvind kumar  Singh
  • Arvind kumar Singh
  • Desert Ranger
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 15 Reviews

"Do taste the Bikaner Bhujia"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We could not see many places that the place has on offer because of the timing. But Bikaner is a nice city and it is famous for Bhujia and other snacks. We tasted several types of snacks there, and also brought for our family.
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Sujay Ghatak
  • Sujay Ghatak
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews

"Roads are good."

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2013
We had time in Bikaner. I was with my wife and 8 months old daughter. So we took it because it was less hectic. Overall good experience. Highway in Rajasthan is also good. Luckily, we had cloudy climate with some showers. Three wheelers are plenty available. Taxi service charges seems reasonable. The city is not clean and crowded.
Preferred location for staying should be Cant area and outside the city. Many budget hotels are available.
For Bhujia-buy from Chotu-Motu-Joshi.
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Lekhchand Sharma
  • Lekhchand Sharma
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 70 Reviews

"Old Historical City"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2013
Bikaner is traditional and very old historical city. This city was started by rav bika. There are many things famous in Bikaner as its traditional city.
Places must see in Bikaner-lalgarh, Junagarh forte, Gajner palace, Karni maata temple, Deshnoke, Kodamdesar bharav ji.
Camel festival of Bikaner, punrasar temple and festivals.
Food taste is awsome of Bikaner as its famous for rossogulas and Bikaneri bhujia.
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Vivek Sharma
  • Vivek Sharma
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 171 photos
  • 55 Reviews

"Trip to Bikaner & Deshnok"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2013
Went to Bikaner to attend a big fat Indian family wedding and got an opportunity to visit some of the places in and around Bikaner.
Bikaner is the fifth largest city of Rajasthan. The city is located in heart of the Thar desert. And while approaching it via Jaipur or Delhi route one can see sand dunes on both side of roads. Winters are the best season to visit not only Bikaner but most of the parts of Rajasthan. When you walk on the sand dunes bare feet in early morning or late in evening it gives immense peace and pleasure that one can't describe in words.

The places of interest in Bikaner are :

Junagarh fort (Must visit) Timing :10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Lalgarh Palace
Camel breeding farm
Pracheen (Old) Museum
Gajner Palace (Must visit). This is also called Jewel of Bikaner because it is located on the bank of a lake and surrounded by greenery.
Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok (Must Visit) 30 km from Bikaner towards Jodhpur

Most exciting place near Bikaner - Deshnok :

Karni mata temple is famous because of two reasons. One Karni mata said to be the reason of establishment of Bikaner city and other is the quantity of rats inside the temple. There are huge number of rats on the floor of temple such that you are advised to not to raise your feet while moving ahead but just move ahead without lifting your legs. So that rat should not come below you feet. If accidently any rat is killed by you than priest of temple will chastise you by asking to surrender a silver rat of equivalent weight of the killed rat, to the Karni mata. Among thousands of rats there are two white rats also and locals says that if you are able to spot them you are fortunate enough and your wish will come true.

Advise : Avoid visiting this place in peak summer because of high temperature and heavy sand storms.
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Sankha Banerjee
  • Sankha Banerjee
  • Beachbum
  • 10 Reviews

"A Heritage Place."

  • Posted Aug 23, 2013
Very good historical spot. A Small city but well equipped. Local people still maintain the traditions of Rajasthan. One day sight seeing tour is good for this city.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All types of food are available. Lalgarh palace, Karni mata mandir, Camel Breeding Firm and the Fort are must to watch.

Activities & things to do: Your full day will be consumed for the sight seeing as Karni Mata Temple and Camel Breeding Firm is not so near to the City. In the evening you may taste the famous Bikaneer Bhujia from local market.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Rail station are well connected with the other main parts of India. 1 day road travel can reach you from Delhi by car. Jaipur and Jaisalmer are two well known tourist spots from Bikaner with a car drive of average 3-4 hours.
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Satish Tyagi
  • Satish Tyagi
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Bikaner good historical city"

  • Posted Jul 22, 2013
Bikaner is good city having unique cultural heritage. Museums are worth to see. Transport is bit expansive.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: normal

Activities & things to do: normal

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: normal
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Nadeem uddin qureshi
  • Nadeem uddin qureshi
  • 2 Reviews

"CITY OF HEAT"

  • Posted Jun 25, 2013
Bikaner is a god city to visit in May to July. That time we can enjoy the heat of the city, we also can enjoy the desert around the city

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You can enjoy the Rajasthani food, with desert sightseeing. There is no shopping mall for big shopping. You can shop thru the streets.

Activities & things to do: No special activities are there

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Don’t visit in rainy & winter season, heat with dust is the specialty of Bikaner.
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