is located in the northern part of Rajasthan & was founded by Rao
Bhikaji. The city is surrounded by 7 km long wall which bounds the old city
& has five entrances. This desert city of Rajasthan is famous for its
traditional Rajasthani attractions, forts, temples & Camel Festival.
Rajasthani, Hindi & English are the major languages spoken here.
The climate of Bikaner is very extreme with high temperature difference and
low rain fall. October to March is the best time to visit the city.
Attractions in Bikaner
Bikaner offers several tourist attractions including forts, palaces,
museums & temples.
Junagarh Fort :
This fort was built in 15th century by
Raja Rai Singh. There are several palaces within the fort and the most
beautiful palaces are Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal & Karan Mahal. The
palaces are built in red sandstone, marbel with mirror works, carvings &
paintings. There is a museum inside the fort which has valuable antique
The Lalgarh Palace : This extraordinary monument was
designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh. This shows a mixture of
Oriental & European style architecture. The library inside the palace
has a large collection of sanskrit manuscripts. Also one can see glass
ornaments, oil paintings & lamps inside the palace.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum :
This museum has a large
collection of pottery, paintings, carpets, coins & armoury. It also has
objects of local art & crafts which make this an interesting place to
Camel festivals :
The festival is held in January every
year where one can enjoy camel races, camel rides, camel dances along with
local folk performances.
Bhandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples :
These temples are
built by two brothers & the temples carry their names. The mirror work &
the gold leaf paintings are the major attractions of the temple. These are
dedicated to Jain teerthankar, Parsvanathji.
How to Get There
Bikaner is well connected by Air, Rail & Road network.
The Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport which is
256 km away & there are daily flight services to all the four Metros
from Jodhpur airport.
There is regular train services to Jodhpur. The
Intercity Express, The Jaipur-Bikaner Express & the Ranakpur Express are
the major express trains.
Several highways links the city to the other
cities of India with excellent express bus services.