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Explore the many forts and palaces of Bikaner in Rajasthan

Bikaner Tourism, Rajasthan

Explore the majestic charm of the heritage city

Tourism in Bikaner

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About Bikaner Tourism

Bikaner is one of the most beautiful and historically significant cities of Rajasthan. Bikaner tourism promises to offer you a host of amazing sights to see and activities to indulge in. Places such as Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple Bikaner, parts of the Bikaner desert area are all popular places to explore. Our Bikaner travel guide aims to familiarize you with all the intricate nuances of the city encompassing a host of amazing sights to see and activities to indulge in. The undulating sand dunes of Bikaner will take you to a magical place, offering families, solo travelers, honeymooners and groups of friends an escape into a picturesque setting.

What to experience in Bikaner:

A Bikaner sightseeing tour as part of your Bikaner tourism package brings you face to face with magnificent forts and opulent palaces, shifting sand dunes, vibrant marketplaces, and a local cuisine to make you salivate for more. Almost all of the city is a historical site by itself, with even the plainest of haveli's and houses having ancient intricately carved jharokhas. Bikaner is famous for all of these attractions and more. The old world charm of the city will somewhat bring to life the regal era of the kings of Bikaner. When here, don’t forget to check out sites for shopping in Bikaner as well as local places to eat in Bikaner.

Best time to visit Bikaner:

The best time to visit Bikaner is during October to February, when the weather is cooler and much more pleasant than the summers. Visiting the city during the monsoon season is not a bad idea, considering the temperatures are lesser as compared to the summers, even though the humidity might be a problem. Visiting Bikaner during the summers is not advisable unless you are willing to bear the scorching desert sun. The discounts offered during the off-season here might make it worthwhile.

Things to do in Bikaner:

Your Bikaner tour should ideally include a visit and stay at the much acclaimed Thar Desert. One of the most popular Bikaner 's points of interest include a night camping under the stars with only the wind for the company is sure to be one of the most surreal experiences of your trip to Bikaner. Also, try to visit one of the local villages near the desert, to take a look at their daily way of life. It is very common to find horse-drawn carriages on the roads, along with the cars, vying for space and attention. Make sure to enjoy at least one ride in a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Shopping in Bikaner:

Purchase colorful and vibrant Rajasthani print from Bikaner. The markets of Bikaner are famous for selling local prints and handicrafts of Rajasthan. In each and every product sold you get a glimpse of Rajasthan. The famous markets in Bikaner are Kote Gate, Station Road Market, Lallgarh Palace Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road, and Bara Bazar. Purchase things like Kundan Jewelry, Sarees with bandhani or leheriya prints, lac bangles, leather mojari, Nokha razai, Bikaneri Bhujia, different varieties of churan, and sweets. Other things that one can buy from Bikaner are miniature paintings, small wooden carved objects, khadi textiles and cosmetics, utensils, embroidered and colorful bags, rugs, and chairs made out of leather. 


But tourism in Bikaner is not limited to just desert safari or visiting the opulent palaces and forts. It also offers tourists a chance to get to know the rural Rajasthan. Despite being one of the largest cities and a popular tourist destination, Bikaner still remains charmingly behind in a few modern developments. Think of Bikaner as a breath of fresh air among all the hustle-bustle of the other more popular and modernized cities of Rajasthan.

When you travel to Bikaner, remember that you are visiting the city of Usta Art, which is a unique art form that involves embossed geometric and floral patterns, along with layers of gold. Try to purchase a souvenir of Usta Art to remember the city by.

Finally, on your Bikaner city tour, it would be nearly sacrilegious to not include some time devoted simply to tasting some of the most delicious and also some of the spiciest dishes of all time. Remember to pack some of the snacks to take back home.

When on your Bikaner trip, it is a must that you plan your itinerary in a way that gives you a couple of leisure days along with days of sightseeing. You can enjoy your leisure days exploring the city on your own.

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How To Reach Bikaner

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By Air

Nal Airport in Bikaner is not well connected with passenger flights. Alliance Air provides flights to Bikaner only from Delhi. The nearest airport from Bikaner, with regular flights, is located in Jodhpur, which is almost 251 kms away from the city center. If you are planning to travel by flight, then your best bet would be to disembark at Jodhpur International airport and board a bus to Bikaner. You can also opt for hiring a private taxi to get to the city. Both buses and taxis are easily available right outside the airport. It will take no more than 4 to 5 hours to get to your destination from the airport. Jodhpur International airport offers direct connectivity to Indian cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jammu and more, apart from international destinations such as Frankfurt, Paris, London and Bangkok, etc.

By Train

Bikaner is well connected to all major cities of the country, as well as to almost all large cities of Rajasthan. There are two railway stations that serve the city, namely Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Both of the stations are located within the city and lie nearly 6 kms away from the city center. Direct trains from Bikaner to cities such as Delhi, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati among others are easily available. Trains such as Sampark Kranti Express and Chandigarh Express connect the larger junctions. Intercity Express and other passenger trains connect the cities in the state.

By Road

Reaching Bikaner via surface transfer is a good idea since the roads are well maintained and offer beautiful views of the desert at some points. There are plenty of bus services, including luxury buses and the state-run general buses. Comfortable sleeper buses are also available from a few destinations within the state as well as from outside the state such as Delhi. Jodhpur to Bikaner distance can be covered via car in about 5 hours. Delhi to Bikaner distance by road should take about 10 hours of travel. You can opt for the one that best suits your preference and budget. If thinking of enjoying a road trip to Bikaner, it is definitely a good idea. The highways that connect the city to others are mostly in great condition. Hotels and resorts are strewn all the way to the destination, thereby giving you a chance to halt and then restart your journey as you fancy.

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    Harish Kalia

    Sector 67

    Harish's 4 days trip to Bikaner

    It was a very good trip of ours. Everything was smooth and perfect. Only the hotel provided to us in Jaipur that is Fern residency was not upto the mark , the main problem we faced over there was the room comfort means rooms were smaller than that which was provided to us in Ajmer. Rest all like the driver and the agent were very good.

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    Sonal Jain

    Mumbai

    Sonal's 5 days trip to Bikaner

    It was a good trip . Everything was nice. Only the problem we had was with the driver. Firstly all the time we need to pay for his food which was not informed to us and after that what all places we want to cover he didn't listen to us properly. So far for us the agent was nice only the suggestion for him from our side is that only to provide the driver who should be cooperative enough especially when the group is there on the tour.

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    Oviya Jayaseelsn

    Bengaluru

    Oviya's 4 days trip to Bikaner

    It was our family trip . And it was a good experience of ours. Only the issue we had was with the driver that too the language barrier was there anyhow the driver was really very nice and cooperative but we don't know Hindi and so he can't understand what we are trying to say ,so most of the time we have to call our agent and ask him to translate. So, a suggestion from my end for the agent is only that specially for the South Indian travellers they can provide those driver so can understand the a little bit of English . Rest our agent was nice and very supportive throughout our trip.

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    Chaitra Muddaiah

    Bengaluru

    Chaitra's 5 days trip to Bikaner

    Everything was nice. The hotels were decent and driver was having a good behaviour towards us. The hotel issue happened was with the hotel that was provided to us in Jaipur and later driver took us to wrong camp in Jaisalmer. All these things have been resolved by the agent on the trip itself. So, quite happy with the service. Only that if these minor issues would not been happened that this would have been an amazing trip of ours.

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    Varshanaik

    Bengaluru

    Varshanaik's 5 days trip to Bikaner

    It was a really well planned trip. Everything was nice, the driver was friendly with us. So, It was an amazing trip of ours.

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    Rajib Kumar Paul

    Kolkata

    Rajib's 6 days trip to Bikaner

    I did almost 6 trips with Travel Triangle. So, there were many good points but also some issues or problems were there were travel triangle team and agent should work upon. 1- Regarding driver , all the trips driver was really nice . Experienced enough to guide but in Rajasthan one the driver was consistently busy on call. Anyhow he was driving very safely but than also for the safety basis , it was not correct. 2- In Rajasthan, while in a way he asked us to allow his brother to pick him up . We didn't say anything to him but later we discussed this with the agent and asked the driver to drop his brother and not repeat it. So, this should also not be happening because everyday we hear so much news so she should not be done. 3- The guide which was provided to us didn't make us cover those areas where guide's were not allowed to enter. Because of this , we didnt able to see Udaipur palace and some places. 4- Lastly to agent, i just want to say that they should do some research about the places , written in the itinerary or like to inform the timings and all . To travel triangle want to say should provide some privilage to the travellers who have been with them for almost 6 trips like some points or discount should be given. Rest all was perfect Hotel was really nice, the driver was having a good behaviour towards us and the agent of ours was really supportive.

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    Kamlesh Nitwal

    Delhi airport

    Kamlesh's 5 days trip to Bikaner

    Everything with the trip was really nice. The agent has planned everything properly.

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    RAKESH KUMAR

    Udaipur

    Rakesh's 3 days trip to Bikaner

    It was very good trip. Agent has managed it really very well and also if there were any minor issues , the agent respond to us immediately and resolve that on the spot.

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    Mannat Motwani

    Thane

    Mannat's 4 days trip to Bikaner

    The experience was fine . The stay was really nice in Udaipur. Only the problem was with the cab, Although the driver was nice but specially in July when Ac don't was is a big problem. The agent anyhow chanced the cab but just for 1 day another day we got the same cab with AC problem.

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    SUSHIL PATIL

    Vadodara

    Sushil's 3 days trip to Bikaner

    It was an amazing trip. The cab and the driver both were really nice. Only the location and meal quality was not upto the mark.

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    FAQ's of Bikaner

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    The Camel Safari of Bikaner is a must do. Also try to attend the Camel Festival at the Junagarh Fort .

    Yes, ATMs are spread all over the city and finding them is easy.

     

    In terms of clothes, if you are visiting in summer, light cottons and such are recommended. In winter, warm clothes are a good idea as it tends to get quite cold. Shoes are a necessity as there is a lot of walking to be done and similarly, sunscreen is a perennial necessity. A camera, with a cover to protect it from the desert sands,  is always a good idea to have around as there are many instantly snappable areas.

    Yes, it is possible to get an internet connection in Bikaner and there is also a WiFi facility available at most of the central parts of Bikaner.

    Rock climbing in Bikaner is safe only when you are with registered and expert guides who are trained enough to take tourists with them. Make sure that you choose the right guides.

     

     

    Yes, Bikaner is a beautiful city of Rajasthan and is famous for majestic forts and palaces, temples, camel rides, and delicious snacks. 

     

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