Bikaner Travel Guide

  • Lallgarh palace, now a hotel.
    Lallgarh palace, now a hotel.
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  • Devikund Sagar Cenotaphs.
    Devikund Sagar Cenotaphs.
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Bikaner Things to Do

  • Simply Stunning JainTemple

    Inside the walled city of Bikaner is the three storied Bhandasar Jain Temple. Although constructed started just after the mid-1400s the temple wasn’t completed until the early 1500s. Bhandasar is dedicated to the fifth tirthankar (teacher of Jain philosophy), Sumtinath. Most Jain temples are beautifully carved but not colorful. Bhandasar is simply...

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  • Laxminath Temple

    Laxminath Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bikaner. It is a Vaishnav temple devoted to Lord Laxmintah. It was constructed between 1505 and 1526 during the reign of Rao Lunkaran. Lord Laxminath was worshipped by the rulers of Bikaner as the State Deity. On all auspicious occasions the royal family paid homage at the temple. Lord Vishnu...

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  • Fun & Lots of Camels at the Camel...

    The Camel Festival is held each year in Bikaner. It doesn’t compare to the Pushkar Camel Fair but if you have never been to Pushkar, you’ll enjoy this one. Each year’s festival is held in January for 2 days in honor of the ships of the desert…the camels. Bikaner’s camels are famous for the strength, beauty, and endurance. The festival starts with a...

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  • Camel Research/Breeding Center

    The National Research Center on Camel – or Camel Breeding Farm – is located about 9-10 kilometers from Bikaner. The main function of the farm is to improve breeding stock. The best camels are sold to the BSF (Border Security Force) and the rest are sold to villagers.There are three breeds of camels:Camels from the Bikaner District: Long-haired...

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  • Rajputana Splendour - Junagarh Fort

    Junagarh Fort is one of the most impressive forts in Rajasthan. Unlike many of the forts in Rajasthan it was not built high on a hill. Instead Junagarh is protected by a 986m long wall with 37 bastions, a moat, and the surrounding Thar Desert. For these reasons the fort has never been conquered, which is likely why it is very well preserved. Out of...

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  • Karan Mahal

    Karan Mahal is the first palace past the Junagarh Fort entrance. The Karan Mahal is the public Audience Hall. Although various sources list different dates for when it was erected it seems likely to be somewhere in the late 1600’s (1680). It was the first monument of Bikaner and was erected by Maharaja Anup Singhji, as a memorial to his father. The...

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  • Phool Mahal

    The Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) in Junagarh Fort is the oldest part of the palace. It was built by Raja Rai Singhji. Phool Mahal is beautifully decorated with glass inlays, stucco, and motifs of trays, flower vases and rose water sprinklers. There is an extra charge to enter the Phool Mahal. It’s easiest to buy the ticket at the entrance.

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  • Anup Mahal

    The Anup Mahal in Junagarh Mahal was built by Maharaja Anup Singh in 1690. It was used as his hall of private audience. It was decorated by Maharaja Surat Singh between 1787 and 1800 and is arguably the most elaborate room in the fort. The walks are covered with red and gold lacquer and further embellished with mirrors and gold leaf. The Anup Mahal...

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  • Bada Mahal

    The Badal Maha (Hall of Clouds) in Junagarh Fort was one of my favorite places in the fort – a pretty room . It is part of the Anup Mahal extensions. The walls are painted with blue cloud motifs, yellow streaks of lightning, and rain showers. The room reflects the longing for rain in arid Bikaner. There is also a statue of Hindu gods, Vishnu...

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Bikaner Restaurants

  • Best Meals in Bikaner

    This happened to be where we were staying but the restaurant in our haveli deserves a recommendation for dinner. The haveli itself is stunning and worth a visit.The restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani vegetarian dishes. Everything is freshly made and there is a fixed dinner menu. One of my favorites was pumpkin soup, aubergine, dal, rice, and...

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  • Rajasthani Cuisine

    We were on our way from Junagarh Fort to the Camel Research Center. We had a guide that we hadn’t gotten at the Fort coming along to be our guide at the Camel Center and asked him for a suggestion for lunch. We ended up at Harasar Haveli, which is a hotel and restaurant. The restaurant had rooftop and inside seating. The menu had traditional...

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  • Excellent Local Food!

    After leaving Konark, we were in search of another restaurant. We walked along Station Road and came to Ganesh. It was packed with locals, always a good sign, so we headed in. The service was good and the food was even better. I had Jeera Aloo, Butter Naan, and Rosgulla….yummmm!! The menu was varied and prices were reasonable. I’d definitely...

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Bikaner Transportation

  • To, From, & Around Bikaner

    Bikaner is well connected to other cities in India. Buses ply the routes to/from Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and other cities. Buses are the cheapest – and usually longest – way to get to/from Bikaner.Bikaner has two railheads- Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Bikaner has a proper and well-linked rail system that...

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  • Getting to Bikaner

    In and around Bikaner, the ubiquitous Auto-Ricksahw is the easiest way to get around. They are cheap and plentiful. Make sure that the driver understands exactly where you wish to go to, and negotiate a price before setting off.Rail: Jaipur and Jodhpur have a rail connection to Bikaner. From Delhi, the Bikaner Express and Chetak Express are the...

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  • Express buses out of Bikaner

    There are frequent express buses between Bikaneer and Jasailmer, Jaipur and other towns in Rajasthan. Have your guesthouse arrange your tickets for a small commision. It's definately worth it. The bus stand is Near the Lalgarh Palace Hotel in the central part of town.Jasailmer to Bikaner should cost about 120 Rs and take 6-7 hoursBikaner to Jaipur...

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Bikaner Shopping

  • Exclusive showroom of desert handicrafts

    Run by the Urmul Trust, a local NGO supported by Urmul Dairy (whose office is next door), Abhivyakti sells blankets, bags, shirts and cushion-covers produced by skilled village artisans. The Urmul Trust, founded in 1986, promotes women’s rights and funds girls’ colleges and an eye hospital for desert people,The shop is 1.4km northeast of Junagarh...

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  • Get a customized Kota

    India is famous for its colourful fabrics and the clothes and dresses made out of it. It is a dream for women to get their saris customized, but even for guys there are plenty of possibilities. We got our customized Kotas. You choose the fabric quality and colour, they measure your size, you drink some chai and after one hour it is finished!Your...

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  • Bhujia & Papads

    Bikaner, known in the world for it's "BHUJIA & PAPADS", spicy snacks made from fried gram and pulses and also for "RASGULLAS" (a dessert).

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Bikaner Local Customs

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    Camel Fair Bikaner 10-11 Jan 2009

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jan 24, 2006

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    A lively and colourful event, the Camel Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan in Bikaner every year. January is just the right month for a desert spree, and Bikaner just the right place to see the Ships of the Desert. In the camel country Bikaner, these desert leviathans pull heavy cart loads, transport grain and even work at the wells.
    The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort, the festivity advances to the open sand-spreads of the grounds, followed by the best breed competition, the tug-of-war contest, camel dance and acrobatics, etc.
    The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest direction of their trainers. Bridal, bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands cast a magical spell. Hundreds of tourists and thousands of locals and dignitaries revel in this man-and-animal affair organised especially for the tourists.
    The evenings close with a different tenor and tempo altogether: a traditional rendezvous of renowned artistes of Rajasthan and the local folk performers.
    The jubilant skirt-swirling dancers, the awe inspiring fire dance, and the dazzling fireworks light up the fortified desert city of Bikaner.

    Gun Man on the Camel Camel fair bikaner My Car Tyre flad Mahavir Yadav Seatying Desert Fair Bikaner
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Bikaner Warnings and Dangers

  • For First-Timers, Women Travelers, Etc.

    I have several Warning/Danger tips on my India page. Rather than repeat them all here, click here to read. It's important to understand a bit about the culture as well as how to keep safe and healthy.You'll find specific information about/for:Traveling Within IndiaWomen TravelersTaking PhotosHealth & EatingRespect and Common...

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  • A classic bullfight

    Again it is about the Indian City Jungle - and Indian cities give many examples: monkeys, wild boars, dog packs, elephants, bats, camels......there is a bigger variety of animals on the streets than in a zoo at home. In this case we watched a bullfight of a pair of young, tiny bulls fighting for their beloved cow - a classic story ;-) But still you...

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Bikaner Tourist Traps

  • Desert safaris - beware unscrupulous...

    by termidor Written Jan 10, 2008

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    The desert safari scene in Bikaner is dominated by bigger operators offering a cut price product. They employ touts who are everywhere, and whose job it is to channel you into the operator's safaris. Go along with it if you must, but don't kid yourself that you are seeing anything meaningful and be aware that you are almost certainly contributing to damaging the delicate desert environment.

    Fun Alternatives: A better way is to shop around carefully before you undertake a desert safari. There are small specialist operators offering eco-friendly trips into the desert that focus on wildlife, the desert peoples, birdwatching...or whatever interests you.

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Bikaner What to Pack

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    Don't Over Pack!

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 13, 2015

    Luggage and bags: The best tip about packing for India is **Don't Over Pack!** You can find anything you need in any major city and most of the smaller ones as well.

    My comprehensive packing list can be found on my India page here.

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Bikaner Off The Beaten Path

  • Gajner Palace

    Gajner Palace is a 30-minute drive from Bikaner.The Royal family of Bikaner has created many numerous architectural marvels in Bikaner. The Gajner palace, often remembered as ‘a jewel in Thar desert', was conceptualized as a summer resort for the royal families Gajner Palace was built on the banks of Gajner Lake by Sir Ganga Singhji, one of the...

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  • Watch Vultures in Bikaner

    Jorbeer is a small protected forest area about 15 km from the Bikaner. The area is a dumping site for carcasses of dead animals of the city. About 50 carcasses are dumped daily at the site after skinning the dead cattle. These carcasses are the perfect feed for the vultures which can be seen feasting on them.A rough estimate puts the number of...

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  • 5000 Demoiselle Cranes In Khichen...

    Khichan is a village(near Phalodi) in the between Bikaner to Jaisalmer that in recent years has established a tradition of feeding wild birds, including Demoiselle Cranes that winter here every year. Up to 5,000 kilograms of bird seed are consumed every day by the feeding birds.in this village you can see more then 5000 Demoiselle Cranes from as...

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Bikaner Favorites

  • Fire Dance

    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...

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  • Camel milk Ice cream

    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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  • FRIENDLY AND HASSLE FREE

    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...

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