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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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Places To Visit In Bikaner

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Junagarh Fort In Bikaner

One of the most famous attractions of the city, the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner is a massive fort right in the heart of the city. Earlier referred to as Chintamani, the  Junagarh Fort was renamed in the 20th century. The new parts of the city was built around this fort, nearly 1.5 kms away from the city center. The fort is ho...

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Karni Mata Temple In Bikaner

The Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner, popularly known as The Rat Temple of Rajasthan, is one of the unique attractions to visit. The Karani Mata Mandir in Bikaner is home to thousands of rats, and attracts tourists from all over the country and the world, who come to worship these rats, feed them, and take home their half-eate...

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Shri Laxminath Temple In Bikaner

Shri Laxminath Temple Bikaner is a famous attraction of the city. It is one of the oldest temples of Bikaner, and also one of the most popular. Tourists and locals alike throng to the temple during festivals as well as on normal days to seek the blessings of the lord. 

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Gajner Palace In Bikaner

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The Gajner Palace in Bikaner is a jewel in the Thar Desert. It was built by His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh of Bikaner on the shores of a lake. The majestic palace is spread over 6000 acres. The charm of the palace is its, fabulous setting and unhurried way of life. One can explore a world of ple...

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Lalgarh Palace In Bikaner

Bikaner is adorned with various hotels and palaces and one such charm of Bikaner is the Lalgarh Palace which is a palace and a heritage hotel. It was built for the Maharaja of Bikaner, Ganga Singh and a part of the hotel called Laxmi Niwas Palace is now used as a heritage hotel. The palace was built between 1902 and 1926.

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Camel Festival In Bikaner

The Camel Festival in Bikaner is one of the most famous festivals of Rajasthan. The Bikaner Camel Festival is a must visit when here, since it offers a great chance to see the rural life of Rajasthan and mingle with the locals. There are camel performances, such as camel races, camel rides and even camel dances. What could ...

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Shopping At Kote Gate In Bikaner

Of the many things to do in Bikaner, shopping at Kote Gate is an experience you shouldn't miss out. While you're in this city, it becomes imperative that you shop for souvenirs to take home. At Kote Gate, where locals and tourists throng alike, you can find the best of everything at reasonable prices. From camel hide shoes ...

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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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    Harshad B

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    Harshad's 7 days trip to Bikaner

    What a wonderful experience with Rajasthan Desert Holidays. Our best tour operator yet. The itinerary was carefully thought through and well balanced. The trip represented great travel for the cost. Our booking was easy, the pre-information packet was timely and thorough. Interim questions were han
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    Govindp's 7 days trip to Bikaner

    The selected hotels were very good and the cab driver is very good person and covered all the places as per itinerary The Travel Agent also given very good support and cooperation in organising the Rajasthan tour. Excellent and memories of Rajasthan trip
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    Pavan Ingale

    Jaipur

    Pavan's 9 days trip to Bikaner

    Experience is awesome with Traveltrangle & made proper plan but only thing is driver misleading us sometimes in some place otherwise it's good experience. Camel Ride in Jasalmer!!
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    Mumbai

    Ankita's 4 days trip to Bikaner

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    Delhi

    Maciej's 4 days trip to Bikaner

    We really enjoyed our trip and we can definitely reccomend Flexrates Media and Tourism! Everything was organised really good, and above our expectations. Travel agent was kind and helpfull and together with him we could design and modify the trip in the way that suits us the best. Even when out fli
    ght was cancelled last minute, agent helped us to modify our stay. He also gave us a lot of hospitality and support when we arrived to Rajasthan. Our cab driver was also nice, professional, kind and supportive. Quality of hotels were also great. Summarizing: it was a great trip and Rajasthan is an amazing place. We enjoyed out stay and we would definitely book this trip again! Unexceptional support from the owner of the Travel company :)
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    Crozon's 3 days trip to Bikaner

    Ganesham Tours Travel took care of everything in my trip, and I'm glad I hired them. Everything was very smooth - driver on time and speaks enough English for basic conversation - guide for city tour was amazing, one of the best I ever had - organizer was flexible enough to accommodate weather and
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    Mumbai

    Roopali's 6 days trip to Bikaner

    1 of the hotel was very bad... The service was not good and also it should not be recommended to guests. Driver was good but adamant to take us to market even for shopping.
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    Raipur

    Roy's 7 days trip to Bikaner

    Trip to Rajasthan was very memorable. Kapil ji of riva holidays planned it very well. We didn't face any difficult during the tour. Hotels were very nice. Cab driver was well experienced and highly cooperative.
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    Chandigarh

    Rajbhar's 3 days trip to Bikaner

    They had made our trip so smooth and comfortable Cab driver is so nice and comparative

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    FAQ's of Bikaner

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    What events can I be part of in Bikaner?

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

    Are there any ATMs in the city?

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

    What should I pack for Bikaner?

     

    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.

    Is it possible to get Internet connection in Bikaner?

    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.

    Is rock climbing safe in 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.

     

     

    Is Bikaner worth visiting?

    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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