Raj Ratan Bihari and Rasik Siromani Temples at Bikaner reflect the true essence of beauty and its a good place to visit in Bikaner The atmosphere in and around the temple is very nice This splendid temple building made of red stand stone and white marble. It is a fine example of Indo-Mugal architecture, situated on K.E.M (King Edward Memorial) main...more
This temple is Carved in red sand stone and white marble - its famous for carvings ,wall paintings , structural beauty and artisticly designed statues. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah: and their gold leaf paintings are noteworthy.This temple is oldest existing structure in Bikaner. The beautiful temple was erected near...more
The beautiful red sandstone houses of Bikaner's wealthy merchants are known as 'havelis'. most of havelis made by red sandstone. its a soft stone so easy to make carving.most windows of house made by wood & Belgium glass and ceiling also made by wood to keep room cool in summer time .You also can see Italian marble flooring inside the house.There...more
Camels have been essential for survival in the desert since time began and they still play a very important role today. Because of this the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner on 5th July 1984 under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Centre on...more
There are a variety of safaries available from Bikaner. Some involve a camel or camel cart ride out to the camp while others transport you to the camp and you ride your camel on a trip from the camp. Some of the camps involve sleeping bags and stars while others offer tents of varying levels of luxury. All offer a local show of music and dancing...more
Karni Mata was a female Hindu sage born in the Charan caste and is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga by her followers. She is an official deity of the royal family of Jodhpur and Bikaner and at the request of Rao Bika laid the foundation stone for the Bikaner Fort. She has a number of temples the most famous being at Deshnok, near...more
Sadar Mahal is otherwise known as the Cloud Palace for obvious reasons. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. He was a lover of music and two of his musical instruments are displayed in glass cases. He also loved to play Rag Malhar which is usually only played during the wet season so he had the walls decorated with clouds, rain and lightning...more
Anup Mahal or Hall of Private Audience/Privy Council Roomis extremely elaborately decorated. The overall impression is of gold and red though there are a multitude of other colours provided by semi-precious and precious stones. This effect is increased by the use of mirrors and glass inlay. The floor is covered by a Persian style carpet made for...more
Chandra Mahal has the most luxurious room in the palace, decorated with gold plated deities and paintings inlaid with precious stones. In the royal bedroom, mirrors have been strategically placed so that the Maharaja could see from his bed, any intruder entering his room. (Wiki) It is named after Maharani Chand Kanwar, one of the queens of Maharaja...more
The Karan Mahal and the Hall of Public Audience was built about 1680 in a classic Mughal style. It has a combination of red sandstone and white marble and is richly decorated. The walls and ceilings are covered with flower patterns. The throne room is also in the Karan Mahal.more
This is the best place to stay in Bikaner. It is a new hotel that is well taken care off. The rooms...more
Palace is restored to its pristine glory and this have most intricate carvings not only in the hotel...more
With many thanks to Brig. Rathore and his family for a most enjoyable seven-week stay. I have...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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.
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 ;-)
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.
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...more
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...more
The Jaisalmeri camels are well known for riding and race potential.They have small head and mouth with narrow muzzle.Also, there is no luxuriant growth of hairs on their eyebrows, eyelids and ears. The body colour is predominantly light brown. The Jaisalmeri camels have thin skin and short hairs on body.Jaisalmeri breed encompasses the Jaisalmer,...more
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...more
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.more
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...more