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Awesome fort

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Junagarh Fort

Krishna Agarwal
29th Nov 17

nice location

nice location  Video Review

Junagarh Fort

Krishna Agarwal
28th Nov 17

Awesome fort

Awesome fort  Video Review

Junagarh Fort

Darpan Singh
23rd Nov 17

Public Park Bikaner - Good visit for kids

Public Park Bikaner - Good visit for kids  Video Review

Public Park

Kuldeep Gaur
2nd Sep 17

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Reasons to go to Bikaner

1Bikaner Camel Festival
Bikaner Camel Festival

Why: The Bikaner Camel Festival is dedicated to the tough animals surviving the harsh desert conditions.

The 2-day extravaganza begins with a magnificent procession of bedecked camels against the backdrop of Junagarh fort. Witness these majestic creatures in all their glory, folk dances and music of the region. Rakesh Jha, a HolidayIQ traveller shares, “Bikaner is a sleepy district town in Rajasthan India carrying the history of about 600 years of its existence.”

The first day hosts a camel pageant where the owners show off their camel’s jewelry. There is also a dance performance and camel milking competition. A camel race is held on the second day followed by an obedience test, acrobatics and a competition for the best of the breed.

When: 14th - 15the January 2017 in Ladera, Bikaner

How to get there: The Bikaner Camel Festival is held in the village of Ladera

  • 40kms by road via NH 62 from Bikaner

  • Closest railway station - Bikaner

  • Closest airport - Jodhpur airport


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2The Vibrant & Dust-Swirling Desert Town- Bikaner
The Vibrant & Dust-Swirling Desert Town- Bikaner

The place famous for namkeens and bhujias has some surprises in store for you. HolidayIQ traveller Rakesh says, "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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3Maharaja Ganga Mahal, Can Go To Just 2500 Rupees A Night!
Maharaja Ganga Mahal,  Can Go To Just 2500 Rupees A Night!

Tariff can be as low as 2500 rupees! The Maharaja Ganga Mahal (MGM), a heritage hotel situated right in the heart of Bikaner offers the discerning guests an experience of old world charm.

HolidayIQ Traveller Akhil Jindal shares, “It is located at an excellent location. It was really a great experience. It is one of the oldest but very well-maintained. The rooms are very spacious. Folk performance after the dinner was excellent. Staff was very friendly and courteous. Its a luxurious hotel.”


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4For its one and only camel milk kulfi
For its one and only camel milk kulfi

HolidayIQ Reviewer Traveler InMe says, “National Research Centre for Camel at Jorbeer, is one of the destinations one should not miss out on when traveling to Bikaner. This place houses a museum on camels, camels of different breeds - both adult and calves, camel ride, camel milk products and leather/hair products besides the research center. I have had an unpleasant experience with camel milk during one of my trips to Salasar. Most people seem to relish them, especially the kulfi made using camel milkThe center maintains 300+ genetically improved elite camels comprising of Bikaneri, Jaisalmeri, Mewari, Kachchhi and some cross breeds. ”


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5The place for History geeks
The place for History geeks

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ashwini Dabbe says, “Magnificent fort; Forts are royal structures which makes Rajasthan a unique and a majestic place in India. Bikaner Fort is one such fort which makes you dumbfounded at its very sight. It's one of the well built and maintained forts in India. Every stone in the fort tells you a unique story of valor, life, and culture of the royal families who once lived there. A must visit place for history geeks!!”


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Pragnesh Chauhan

Pragnesh Chauhan5.0/5

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Bikaner Fort

Bikaner fort is also known as Junagarh Fort. There are four Mahala in Fort and one temple. The museum within the fort called Junagarh Fort museum. In the museum displays armoury collection of post medieval arms and also paintings, silver, jewelry, royal costume.
  • Bikaner Fort
  • Bikaner Fort
  • Bikaner Fort
  • Bikaner Fort

Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar5.0/5

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The Karni Land

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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  • The Karni Land

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Bikaner Overview

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.

Photos of Bikaner

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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Sanjeev Gupta

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Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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Sanjeev Gupta

View of building
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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Rajendra Kumar

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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Mayank Maan

Junagarh Fort

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