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

  • Lalgarh Palace

    The Lalgarh Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Sing (1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh between 1902 -1926.This magnificent palace is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture.The three-storey complex is coated in red sandstone quarried from the Thar Desert. The complex contains the features considered essential for a...

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  • Yagyashala

    This beautiful red stone small building was constructed in the year 1920 for performance of religious ceremonies by the royal family of Bikaner.in the keeping with the tradition of ancient Rajput rulers, Maharaja Ganga Singh was weighed against gold(Tuladan) for the purposes of charity during hid golden jubilee celebration in the year of 1937.this...

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  • Junagarh fort, Bikaner.

    This immense fort, housing a Maharaja's palace is roughly 1 km in circumerence. Beautifully constructed in red sandstone, marble and ochre it has been astonishly well kept and of course, in part renovated. Built at the end of the 1500's by Maharaja Rai Singh, friend and also general of the armies of Akbar, a Moghol emperor. There are a multitude of...

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  • Devikund Sagar Cenotaphs.

    Not far from Bikaner are the impressive royal cenotaphs of Bikaner at Devikund Sagar. The mausoleums are a mixture of Hindu and Islamic styles. The earliest tomb here is from 1571 and is for Rao Kalyinmal . The earlier tombs are in a red sandstone and the later ones in white marble, one of which is a 16 columned affair devoted to Maharaja Anup...

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  • Sri Sadul museum, Lallgarh palace,...

    Located to the left just inside the gates to the grounds of Lallgarh palace, the museum has some 22 rooms and is no longer situated in the main building since 2008. Some www sites give erroneous info. The Maharaja Ganga Singh trust looks after the museum. Mainly dedicated to Maharaji Ganga,Sadul and Karni Singh.There are many photos of British...

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  • Lallgarh palace. Bikaner.

    Around 2 kms from Junagarh fort and the centre of Bikaner is the palace of Lallgarh. Built by Maharaji Ganga Singh in memory of his father between 1896 and 1902, this fine building in red sandstone has been renovated and is now a luxurious hotel. There is no cost for visiting the grounds and you are free to walk through the gardens to the inner...

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  • Devi Kund Sagar:Royal family cenotaphs

    one of the most amazing and beautiful places in Bikaner is the Devi-Kund Sagar. It belonged to the royal family of the city of Bikaner. This place is of much historical importance as the royal family members were cremated here. The cenotaphs of the royal family members were cremated here. There are numerous arched domes built in the memory of the...

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  • Kolayat: Holy Lake

    Kolayat is 51 Km Far from Bikaner on highway leading to Jaisalmer Its an old pilgrimage centre where Kapil Muni of the vedic fame is believed to have shed his body under a Peepul tree.Kolayat has a series of charming marble temple, sandstone pavilions and 32 ghats (bathing places) built around a huge artificial lake which never goes dry.Here one...

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  • Junagarh Fort

    The Junagarh Fort is an impressive fort in the city of Bikaner. It was built in 1588 AD by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1611 AD.It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan not built on a hilltop.inside you can see the richness of the former rulers scraped together from all over the world.The Junagarh fort...

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  • Victory tower of Bikaner

    Victory tower In Bikaner built for memory of soldiers who died during the 1st and 11nd world war.The Maharaja of Bikaner Gangasingh was army commader in Brtish army. he commanded the Bikaner Camel Corps which served in France, Egypt and Palestine.

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  • Beautiful silver doors at Deshnok(Rats...

    All the entrances beautiful silver doors of Rats temple in Deshnok made by local silversmith of Bikaner area. You can also find lions and elephants and other such carvings and statues of many god and goddess and other Interesting scene, the temple doors is so attractive. you also can see picture carving on silver doors of Karni mata with rats.

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  • Deshnok- Famous for Rats temple

    The most famous temple dedicated to Karni Mata is at Deshnoke, 30km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats..It is connected by national highway and rail. It is a pilgrim centre of Karni Mata –said to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga-who lived here in the fourteenth century and performed many miracles.Karni mata...

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Bikaner Restaurants

  • Laxmi Niwas palace

    You can have Dinner in the beautiful garden restaurant of this luxury hotel, enjoing a really wonderful show of Rajasthani music and dance.The dancer dances on Nails, on swords and finally on broken glass!The food from the buffet is very good and there is a large choice of Indian and Europeau dishes, both salted and sweet.The service is very...

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  • Inexpensive, yummy street food

    Look for this cart selling excellent, freshly-made-before-your-eyes masala dosas across from the Fort. This cart is always busy with the locals crowding around 3 deep waiting on dosas. For 15Rs you get a masala dosa, sambar, coconut chutney and some weird red sauce that I didn't eat (goodness knows what it was).Watching him make the dosa is half...

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  • Great coffee and decor

    Just across from the Fort's entrance is this elegant but comfortable restaurant/coffeehouse with an espresso machine and more importantly staff that know how to use it. I had Americanos during my two visits but another foreign tourist said her Iced Latte was delicious. I also had a very nice veg pulao. An Americano is 30 Rs and mochas, lattes and...

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Bikaner Transportation

  • 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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  • Rickshaws

    Rickshaws are the most convinient way to get around in places in India. The traffic is chaotic, but there is always enough space between two cars for a Rickshaw and they get through nearly every alley. Plus the open air style cools you down pretty well in the summer heat.BUT you have to bargain hard for good prices - because they love to milk the...

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Bikaner Shopping

  • 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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    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

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    by tremendopunto Written Oct 10, 2006

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    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 dont want to get catched between their quarrel in a narrow road. (In Pushkar we saw two huge bulls fighting - they were said to have destroyed quite some market stalls)

    Survival of the fittest according to Darwin.
    Make sure you wear your sneakers, because you are not on the highest step of the food chain, anymore ;-)

    a small bulfight

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Bikaner Tourist Traps

  • 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 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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