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Bikaner city can be considered as a exotic beauty of Rajasthan that attracts all kinds of travellers to indulge in the royal hospitality of the heartwarming people. It is located in the Northwest part of Rajasthan and happens to be about 330 kilometer from the state capital, Jaipur.

Bikaner is a city that has got every flavor of the land in its feather starting from history and culture to tradition, adventure, and cuisine. It is believed to be a cultural paradise as well as heaven for travelers with its mesmerizing work of architecture. The glorious past  of the place will surely astonish you and would take you back in the timeline to learn more about the regal era.

During your visit to the city of Bikaner, you should spend time visiting some of the best places of tourist attraction like Junagarh Fort which is known for its perfect blend of Mughal & Gujarati Architecture, Lalgarh Palace which takes you close to the lap of luxury, Laxmi Niwas Palace which happens to be the former abode of Maharaja Ganga Singh, Gajner Palace & Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its blissful getaway, Rampuria Haveli which is known for its traverse Bikaner lanes, and many other heritage sites as well as historical places.

Bikaner has got a long list of things for you to indulge in the course of your visit. During your visit, you can think of indulging in the some of the thrilling as well as offbeat activities like attending the famous Camel Festival, shopping your heart out at Kote Gate, taking a tour of the majestic Junagarh Fort, visiting the popular Karni Mata Temple, witnessing the splendour of the Lalgarh Palace, enjoying a camel safari in the Thar, relishing the taste of the local cuisines, experiencing the utmost luxury at the Laxmi Vilas Palace, going out for wildlife spotting in the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, beating the heat at the Skybird Water Park, and much more.

Bikaner has got a desert type climatic condition which means it remains hot all through the year. The city virtually does not receive any rainfall during the year and the average temperature is recorded at 26.4 degree celsius. The average rainfall is recorded to be 241 mm per year.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in Bikaner?

    1. Junagarh Fort: Junagarh fort in Bikaner is known for its beautiful blend of Gujarati and Mughal architectural design that will wave your mind. The Fort of Junagarh stands as a testament to a number of tales of the past era.

    It is a one of its kind fort that nestles in the middle of a picturesque setting offering breathtaking views to nature lovers as well as avid photographers. Inside the Junagarh fort, you will come across Har Mandir, Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, and Chandra Mahal. All these palaces can be considered as a fine example of royal luxury. The fort is also home to a small museum that preserves the important relics of the bygone era.

    Location: Junagarh Fort Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001.
    Timings: Open all days of the week; 10 am – 5 pm.
    Prices: INR 30 for Indians and INR 150 for foreigners.

    2. Lalgarh Palace: 
    Lalgarh Palace literally takes you in the lap of luxury. This happens to be a beautifully built palace with red sandstone. The architectural design of the structure puts in a perfect blend of various wonderful designs namely Mughal, Rajputana, and European Style.

    The Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner was commissioned by Maharaja Ganga Singh in between 1902 and 1926 in memory of Maharaja Lal Singh, who happened to be his beloved father.  However later it was converted into a hotel named as Lalgarh Palace Hotel.

    Tourists from all over the world visit this place and book a stay to enjoy the regal luxury and indulge in the rich traditional and cultural values of Rajasthan. The palace houses Sadul Museum, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, and Lalgarh palace hotel.

    Location: NH15, Samta Nagar, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001.
    Timings: Monday – Saturday; 10 am – 5:30 pm.
    Price: Starts from INR 5 for Indian Nationals and INR 20 for Foreigners.

    3. Laxmi Niwas Palace: 
    Laxmi Niwas Palace happens to be the abode of the Maharaja Ganga Singh which was constructed in between 1898 and 1902. The palace is built in an Indo Saracenic Style by one of the famous British architects Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.

    The red sandstone palace stands tall in Bikaner offering the visitors with loads of insights about the bygone era. The beauty of the palace is enough to keep you spellbound. At the present time, a part of it has been converted into a luxury hotel where guests from all over the world come in their holiday vacation to relish the royal hospitality of Rajasthan.

    Location: Lal Garh Campus, Dr Karni Singhji Road, Samta Nagar, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001.
    Prices: INR 200 per person.

    4. Jain Temple Bhandasar: 
    Jain Temple Bhandasar is popularly called as the Red & White wonder because of the use of red and white sandstone. The Jain Temple of Bhandasar in Bikaner is dedicated to the Lord Sumathinath who is the fifth Tirthankara of Jainism.

    You will be impressed by the fine architectural design of the temple that uses the perfect blend of white and red sandstone with a fine gold layer finishing. You will literally love to spend time here witnessing such beautiful artisanship.

    Location: Old Bikaner, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001.
    Timings: Open all days of the week; 5 am – 1 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

    5. Shri Laxminath Temple: 
    Shri Laxminath temple in Bikaner happens to be one of the oldest places of worship. The main attraction of this temple is its intricate silver artwork and beautiful idols of various deities. Tourists flock to this place of worship during the celebration of various Hindu festivals such as Janmashtami, Ram Navami, and Diwali.

    Location: Vaidya Mangharam Colony, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334004.
    Timings: Open all days of the week; 5 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm.

    6. Kote Gate: 
    Kote Gate is believed to be a paradise for shoppers as it is home to a wide variety of shops dealing with varieties of local handicraft items. The Gate is also the point of separation of the old and new city. Every tourist coming over to Bikaner spends time at these marketplaces to purchase utensils, artifacts made of camel hide, handicrafts, open toed shoes, and traditional clothes.

    Location: Kote Gate, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334001.
    Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM.

    7. Thar Desert: 
    Visiting Rajasthan is on no occasion complete without taking a camel safari tour on the sand dunes of the great Thar Desert.

    On a trip to Bikaner, you would get a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore and marvel at the wilderness Thar Desert along with your loved ones. You can also be getting a chance to capture the mesmerizing views of the sand ocean. This is surely going to be a great experience that you will cherish all through your life.

    Location: Opposite Gopeshwar Temple, Gangashahar, Bikaner, 334001, Rajasthan.
    Prices: Starts from 1200.

    8. National Research Centre On Camel: 
    The National Research Centre on Camel is a must visit place where you will get to know more about the ship of Desert Camel. The centre is home to more than 230 camels of three different breeds.

    Visiting the centre, one would be able to learn about the facilities and techniques used to grow these animals. There is a small museum inside the centre as well as a milk centre where you can taste some samples of milk or lassis made from milk.

    Location: Jodhpur Bypass, Bikaner, Rajasthan 334022.
    Timings: 12 pm – 6 pm.
  2. What are the best things to do in Bikaner?

    1. Attend the famous Camel Festival: The Camel Festival is surely one of the best things that you can witness in the course of your visit to Bikaner. The city of Bikaner has got a wide range of experience stored for you during the camel festival, which is organised in the month of January every single year.

    The camels are decorated with loads of colorful attire and they appear just amazing. The actual intention behind this camel fair was to attract the camel and cattle traders to carry out their business in the course of Kartik Purnima Festival in the times gone by. The festival is organised around the full moon time in the Hindu Lunar Month of Kartik.

    Location: Bikaner, Rajasthan.

    2. Shop your heart out at Kote Gate: 
    Kote gate happens to be a popular shopping destination for the visitors coming over to Bikaner from various parts of the world. Being a paradise for shopaholics, you will get to shop a wide range of local handicraft items and camel hide articles. If you are good at bargaining then it is very likely that you will be able to crack some wonderful deals with the sellers.

    Location: Kote Gate, Bikaner, Rajasthan.

    3. Take a tour of the majestic Junagarh Fort: 
    Junagarh fort is an example of rich craftsmanship of the bygone era and visiting it would be a best experience for you. The impeccable architectural design on the red sandstone will leave you spellbound and take you back in the memory lane to the days when Bikaner happened to be ruled by the Royal Families.

    Location: Junagarh Fort Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
    Timings: Open on all the days from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
    Prices: INR 50 for Indian tourists, and INR 300 for foreigners.

    4. Visit the popular Karni Mata Temple: 
    Karni Mata Temple is one of the most famous places of worship in Bikaner that is visited by zillions of devotees all through the year. The temple is home to about 25000 rats and it is considered to be holy by the locals.

    The temple creates an intriguing sight for both locals and visitors from various parts of the world. Come over to this place, offer some food to the rats, offer prayers in front of the deities, and seek blessings for you and your loved ones.

    Location: Karni Mata Niji Pranyas, Deshnok, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
    Timings: Open on all the days from 4:30 AM to 10:00 PM.
    Price: There is no entry fee for visiting this temple.

    5. Witness the splendour of the Lalgarh Palace: 
    Lalgarh palace is one of the most sought after heritage destinations of Bikaner because of its impressive design elements and royal grandeur. This is considered to be one of the finest architectural wonders in Bikaner that will make a mark in your heart.

    The palace was constructed by the Maharajas of Bikaner in the bygone era and was used as royal residence. At present time, you will not only witness the royalty and history of Bikaner, but you will also get a chance to enjoy the luxury stays and relish a wide range of authentic Rajasthani food.

    Location: NH15, Samta Nagar, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
    Timings: Open on all the days from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except every Sunday.
    Prices: INR 10 for Indian tourists, and INR 20 for foreigners.

    6. Enjoy a camel safari in the Thar: 
    Camel safari in the great Thar Desert is something that everyone must look forward to indulging in the course of their visit to Bikaner.

    You will board the ship of desert, camel and head out on an exploration tour through the sandy terrains exploring various significant attractions. You will surely fall in love with the safari tour as you will also get a chance to indulge in some of the camping activities like bonfire and barbeque.

    Timings: The joy of safari can be experienced at any time from morning till the night.
    Price: INR 1,200 and above (depends on the tour you book).

    7. Relish the taste of the local cuisines: 
    Bikaner is known for its delectable cuisine that keeps it separate from everything. During your visit to the city, you must not forget to try out the delicious Rajasthani food.

    You must take small breaks in the middle of your exploration schedule to taste some of the authentic local delicacies. The taste and the flavor will surely be a treat for your taste buds. You must not forget to try out Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Kachori, Ghevar, Pakodi, Raj Bhog, Khata, fini and many others.

    Location: Heeralal, Gallops, Chappan Bhog, and more.

    8. Experience utmost luxury at the Laxmi Vilas Palace: 
    Laxmi vilas palace happens to be a 5 star property that provides the guest with royal hospitality.

    In the course of your trip to Bikaner, you can taste the luxury of the palace in its heritage hotel. Apart from relishing the regal luxury, you can also indulge in some of the fun filled activities at the resort as well as spend time in the inhouse spa taking therapeutic treatments from the experts.

    Location: Lalgarh campus, Doctor Karni Singhji Road, Samta Nagar, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
    Price: INR 10,500 and above (double-sharing).
  3. How to reach Bikaner?

    - By Air: The nearest airport from Bikaner is Jodhpur airport which is located at a distance of 251 km. Once you arrive at the airport, you can book a taxi to reach your destination in Bikaner.

    - By Road: 
    Bikaner has got a very well connected road connectivity with all other parts of Rajasthan. You will get buses operated by the state government in regular intervals from Delhi, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Kota, Jaipur, and Jodhpur.
  4. Is Bikaner worth visiting?

    Yes, Bikaner is definitely worth visiting because of its heritage sites, beautiful palaces, majestic forts, thrilling camel safari tour, and exciting marketplaces to shop local handicrafts.

    Bikaner happens to be one of the vibrant cities of Rajasthan that has got its own uniqueness in everything starting from its cuisine to its architectural marvels.
  5. How can I reach Bikaner from Delhi?

    You can reach Bikaner from Delhi by taking direct flights to Jodhpur airport and then covering the rest of the distance by road, or else taking an overnight bus service or travelling by the timely direct trains. The railway station is located at a distance of about 1.5 km from the city centre which can be covered within 10 minutes after getting down at station.
  6. Which is better: Bikaner or Jodhpur?

    Both Bikaner and Jodhpur have got their own identity in the tourism landscape of Rajasthan. Bikaner is known for its heritage sites and local cuisines whereas Jodhpur is known for its adventure activities in the desert area. Both the cities have a lot to offer to the visitors, so make a visit to explore the unexplored.
  7. How many days are enough for Bikaner?

    Two to three days are enough to cover all the important places of tourist interest in Bikaner. In this period of time, you can visit Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple, Lallgarh Palace, Rampuria Haveli, National Research Centre On Camel, Gajner Palace, Laxmi Nath temple, and Kote Gate.
  8. What should I buy in Bikaner?

    During your visit to Bikaner, you can get the following things as a souvenir for the trip:

    - Kundan Jewellery
    - Sarees
    - Bangles
    - Camel Leather Mojari
    - Nokha Razai
    - Bikaner Bhujia
    - Churan.
  9. Which is better: Bikaner or Jaisalmer?

    Bikaner and Jaisalmer happen to be an integral part of the Rajasthani tourism. Visiting Bikaner, you will get a chance to feel comfortable with luxury royal services and find the local people much more attentive and helpful. However, during your visit Jaisalmer, you will have loads of activities to indulge in starting from wonderful jeep and camel safari tours.
  10. Does Bikaner have sand dunes?

    Yes, Bikaner has also got its share of sand dunes from the great Thar Desert where tourists head out to explore the wilderness and make ever cherishable memories along with their loved ones.
  11. How far is Bikaner from Jaipur?

    The distance between Bikaner from Jaipur is about 335 km via NH 52 and NH 11. It would take about 5 hour and 40 minutes to cover the distance between the two places.
  12. What is the famous food of Bikaner?

    Here are some of the famous food of Bikaner that you must not forget to taste during your visit:

    - Bikaneri Bhujia
    - Raj-Kachori
    - Ghevar
    - Khasta
    - Kesar Fini
    - Gatte Ki Sabzi
    - Rasgulla
    - Rajasthani Thali
    - Laal Maas
    - Pakodi.
  13. Which are famous forts and palaces in Bikaner?

    1. Junagarh Fort: Junagarh fort offers the visitors to witness a perfect blend fo Mughal and Gujarati architecture. This age old fort nestles in the middle of alluring natural beauty offering breathtaking sights for photographers and nature lovers.

    2. Lalgarh Palace: In The Lap Of Luxury: L
    alagarh palace is yet another beautiful palace of the bygone era that redefines your definition of luxury comfort. A part of the hotel is converted into a luxury modern hotel that offers royal hospitality to the visitors from all over the world. The palace is home to a number of museums and mahals.

    3. Laxmi Niwas Palace: 
    Being the former abode of Maharaja Ganga Singhji, this palace is definitely worth a visit because of its brilliant architecture created by British architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in between 1898 and 1902.

    4. Gajner Palace & Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Situated on the banks of Gajner Lake, the palace can be surely considered as an architectural treat for the history lovers. As it is located in the middle of the dense forest, you will every so often see migratory birds at this property.
  14. What are the best places of shopping in Bikaner?

    1. Kote Gate: Kote Gate is the main shopping destination of Bikaner that is visited by locals and visitors in search of brilliant pieces of works. You will get handicrafts, traditional clothes, utensils, artifacts made of Camel hide, or traditional open toed shoes at this place.

    2. Station Road: 
    Station Road is also known as one of the best places to shop handicraft items like Embroidered footwear, fabrics, leather goods and traditional artifacts. You can also purchase miniature artworks from this place.

    3. MG Road: 
    MG Road is yet another famous destination for shopping in Bikaner where you can get to buy ethnic wear, georgette and chiffon sarees at competitive market prices.
  15. Which are the best resorts in Bikaner?

    1. Balaji Resort: Balaji Resort nestles in the middle of lush greenery far from the city to offer you a perfect sneak peek into the traditional Rajasthani culture and lifestyle. You will get to relish rural lifestyle and enjoy lip smacking local delicacies.

    2. Thar Exotica Resort: 
    Thar exotica Resort in Bikaner is one of its kind resorts that is an ideal place for adventure seekers and also no less than heaven for romantic couples. This place can be considered to be a paradise on its own. Staying at this place, you can head out on various exploration tours, camel safari tours, and many more thrilling activities.

    3. Umaid Safaris: 
    Umaid Safaris is an eco friendly accommodation that not only offers you an offbeat accommodation in Bikaner, but it also keeps the guests indulged in a wide range of adventure activities. Staying at this place, you can enjoy theme dinners under the stars with your loved ones.

    4. Heritage Resort Bikaner: 
    Heritage Resort Bikaner is yet another beautiful place to stay on the outskirts of the Bikaner city to offer the guest a peaceful environment to relax in the lap of nature. You will surely fall in love with the home like hospitality and heartwarming services.
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