FRIENDLY AND HASSLE FREE
Favorite thing: We really enjoyed the absence of touts in Bikaner. Or maybe they just never found us. The local people are however really helpful in regards to finding directions etc. They did not understand much English, but that did not pose a huge problem. Hand signs seemed to suffice.
And their wonderful smiles showed us that we were welcome in their desert city. We saw no other Western tourists on our visit.
The photo is of Tofi- our self -appointed guide.He was knowledgable, and a pleasure to be with. We enjoyed his company- and never felt that he was just after money. He seemed to just enjoy meeting people from another country, and plied us with all sorts of questions.
- Castles and Palaces
- Budget Travel
USEFUL INFO ON BIKANER
Favorite thing: I have placed this tip in"general" because I am not too sure where else to place it!
Internet is available at Cyber City (220-9229), Himtasar House, 52 Sadul Ganj in the east side of the city, New Horizons (220-78706) Biscuit Gali)
Net Yuppies (220-9048), on Kern Rd behind Natraj. New Horizon on Station Raod behind the Amber Restaurant has good facilities. Most places charge Rs 20 or Rs 25 per hour.
You can change money at the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (254-4361), opposite the fort’s entrance. Bank of Baroda (254-54530, changes cash and currency (Mon-Fri 10 am-3pm, Sat 10 am-12noon).
The Rajasthan Tourist Office (254-4125), at the Hotel Dhola Maru, near Pooran Singh Circle, is helpful (daily except Sun 10 am to 5 pm) and can arranges car rentals and camel safaris. They have a list of recommended local doctors. They can arrange a tour of Deshnok to go to the Karni Mata Temple or to the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary for Rs 400 per person. There is a Tourist Office at Suraj Pol, the main entrance of Junagarh Fort (9 am to 6 pm).
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Fire Dance is the lifestyle of Jasnathis(Sub Hindu Religion) of Bikaner districts. fire dance is famous in desert of rajasthan. usually This fire dance performance can be seen at winter nights in villages of Rajasthan. The music which plays during fire dance rises in tempo and ends like a crescendo. A large ground is prepared with live wood for Fire Dance. These dancers perform on a large bed of flaming coals and wood with bare feet. The fire dancer’s steps moving to the beat of drums. fire dancers dress traditional Rajasthani colourful dresses and saffron turben during Dance.
Fire Dance is a very attractive and unique dance of rajasthan, the men move gently in circles. The Fire Dance perform in the time of any big festival and camel festival celebration Bikaner. The Jasnathis of Bikaner and Churu are well known for their tantric powers throughout Rajasthan and this dance is the marvelous example of their lifestyle. The dance takes place on a large ground, which is spread with live wood and charcoal. On this ground, the Jasnathi men and boys jump on to the fire with the accompaniment of drum beats.These drumbeats give a tempo for the performance. This music gradually rises & sets a dance in a fast tempo. At a certain point, it reaches at a crescendo, where the dancers seem to be in a trance like state. The dancers perform their actions as if they are blessed with a divine protection.
- Religious Travel
Camel milk Ice cream
Favorite thing: There is a parlour selling camel milk, ice cream made of camel milk and various other camel milk products in Bikaner at camel breeding and research center10km far from Bikaner. the shop open only for 4 hours 2 to 6pm.I think in Asia only one camel milk parlour which make camel milk ice cream and coffee.
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