This desert town in the north of Rajasthan was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, a descendant of Rao Jodha, Jodhpur's founder. High crenellated walls surround the old city that was once an important staging post on the great caravan trade route linking Central Asia with north India and the seaports of Gujarat.

Bikaner's Tourist Attractions - City Lights

Junagarh Fort Bikaner

Junagarh Fort is one of the most imposing and also among the unconquered forts of northern India, built in 15th century by the trusted general of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh Lalgarh Palace, the imposing red sandstone palace, designed by sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh, Showcases a majestic blend of oriental and European styles. The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, houses an interesting collection of sculptures, terracotta ware, paintings and musical instruments.

Camel Breeding Farm, 10 km away from the city, is government -run Farm. It is actually the institute of National Research centre on Camels. Currently 500 camels from Gujarat (kutchh) Arab, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer Breeds are found here.

Must See

Some 30 km to the south of Bikaner is the extraordinary Deshnok Temple where thousand of rates are worshipped and offered Prasad! The famous 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga.

Gourmet's Delights

Deluxe Restaurant, Amber Restaurant and Chhotu Motu Joshi Sweet Shop could be tried apart from the restaurants of the hotels.

Tame a Camel Safari at Bikaner

Rajasthan camel safari can take you on exclusive camel safaris, for which Bikaner is the ideal place as most of the Thar Desert lies in this district.

Bikaner Fact at a Glance


Bikaner by Air: Jaipur (354 km) is the nearest airport.

Bikaner by Train / Rail: There are several trains from Bikaner to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah and Jammu.

Bikaner by Road: NH 8 connected to Agra via Jaipur while NH 11 runs from Pathankot to Kandla port (in Gujarat) via Amritsar and Bhatinda (in Punjab). There are frequent express buses from Bikaner to Udaipur, Ajmer, and Jaipur (330 km), Jodhpur (260 km), Jaisalmer (335 km), Jhunjhunu and Kota. Delhi is 488 km away.

Getting Around in Bikaner: Auto rickshaws are easily available at negotiable prices. Bicycles are available for hire at the Dau Cycle Shop, opposite the railway station. Bikaner is also not a very big city but a small town thus people happy travelling on foot can do so in the mornings or the evenings.

Temperatures at Bikaner: Summer: Min 260C. Max 440C. ; Winter: Min 60C. Max 200C.

Best time to visit Bikaner: October to March.

Bikaner City Code: 0151

Rajasthan Tourism : 2202777/2521189

Banks in Bikaner: State Bank of India: 2204806/4737, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur: 2528035, Bank of Baroda : 2203553/5053

Hospitals: PBM Hospital: 261931/2, MN Hospital: 252172/227422. Tourist Doctors on call Dr. Aziz Ahmed Sulemani - Alternate Medicine – Dose by dose by Dr. Aijaz.

Home Away From Home – Hotels in Bikaner

Laxmi Niwas Palace, Karni Bhawan Palace, Bhanwar Niwas, Gajner Palace, Dhola Maru (RTDC). Raj Vilas, Sagar hotel. Gaj Kesari, Desert Inn.

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