Bikaner is an oasis in the middle of the beautiful Thar desert, situated in the Northwest of Rajasthan. Resides around 330 kilometers on the Northwest of Jaipur the magnificent city is the administrative headquarters of the Bikaner District and Bikaner division. A place that is filled with adventure and romance. The forts and palaces of the City are its biggest attractions because of their magnificent architecture and art. It is best known for riding camels as the city hosts the camel festival which attracts tourists from all over the world. There are many tourist places to visit but the forts and Havelis acquire a significant position. Other attractions of the city are the Rajasthani delicacies which you can enjoy on the street sides.
Places to visit in Bikaner –
The Junagarh Fort:
Junagarh Fort is a magnificent structure in the city of Bikaner and is also initially called Chintamani. It was later renamed the Junagarh Old Fort in the 20th century. The fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika during that time the fort was only a stone structure. Later on, the present structure came into existence on 17th February 1589. The fort is a piece of marvelous architecture that houses a large number of beautifully carved palaces, gardens, and balconies. As the Rajputi style architecture makes it rich in style. Also, the rich red sandstone, beautiful carvings, and intricate designs are very alluringly carved on the buildings. The monuments are very unique in themselves as they represent the dynasties of 16 rulers which consists of Mosques, Hindu temples, Buddhist monuments, Gothic architecture, and also the magnificent mansions.
Karni Mata temple:
Karni Mata temple is a temple also known as the ‘Nari Mata’ temple or ‘Rat temple’. It is basically 600 years old Temple located around 30 kilometers away from Bikaner in deshnok in Rajasthan. As the unique thing about the temple is that it is a house for 25000 black rats. They are even worshipped in the temple even though the food. Also, people travel from all over the world to pay their due respect to these Holy rats. There are various tales and legends relates to the temple history and the holy rats which live there. The temple is well known for its architectural brilliance which is influenced by the Mughal style of architecture.
Lalgarh Palace Rajasthani Palace is located in the beautiful city Bikaner. It was constructed for the Maharaja of Bikaner Maharaja Ganga Singh between 1902 and 1926. The magnificent Palace is built in European style architecture which is now open for tourists and is also considered a Heritage Hotel.
Bikaner is well known for its magnificent and beautiful Havelis. Basically, they are large extravagant houses with complete intricate designs of jharokhas and carvings. The Havelis here are not less than the palaces. Rampuria Haveli is the epitome of architectural brilliance as it is neatly built and a unique piece of architecture even though every small thing is constructed by great effort. The Rampuria Havelis is known for its marvelous architecture for more than 400 years.
It is a palace located in the city of Bikaner on the banks of Gajner lake. This beautiful Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh; it was a hunting lodge for him and his family.
National Research Centre on a camel:
It is one of the most important places in Bikaner Sightseeing is National research centre of camels is all the way long open. Tourists can come there and see the camels of different breeds and enjoy their behaviors. It is basically a camel Museum that is available for the development and research aspects of the Camels. There are a lot of facilities provided just like camel riding, Safari, Photography. At the centre, there is a camel milk parlor. One can easily have unique camel Milk products like ice creams Hot and Cold beverages.
It is the oldest temple in Bikaner which was built in 1488 by Rao Bika Ji. It contains statues of Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi it has Marvellous archaeological skills and is also brilliantly carved by the Artist and artisans.
Shopping in the city –
The streets of Bikaner are basically made for the one who is a shopaholic all traditional clothes and footwear the handcrafted material and eateries are available in the local Bazaar.
How to reach the mesmerizing city?
The Train takes minimum time to reach Bikaner from Jaipur is 6 hours and 15 minutes. As it is the very cheapest way to visit Bikaner from Jaipur. One of the very fastest ways to reach Bikaner is to hire a taxi which takes 5 hours. If one needs to go by flight so the nearest airport to Bikaner is Jodhpur which is 251 km away.
Places to visit nearby Bikaner:
Khimsar is a place which is located at the edge of the Great Thar Desert, which is 156 km away from Bikaner. What is well connected by year rail and Road the place lies on the Jodhpur Nagaur Bikaner Highway. Khimsar is a small village which has a water body in the centre.
A well-known tourist city which is located in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan beautiful city was earlier known as Chanderi Nagari. It is well known spiritual city which is also called The Land Of Jain Temples. It is especially famous for the Jain religious pilgrimage. The distance from Bikaner is 144 km which takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Best time to visit Bikaner:
The best time to visit Bikaner is during winter because of the soothing climate there. The heat of the desert doesn’t trouble you as much as it happens during the summer where the temperature hits 40 degrees. So the best advisable time to visit the place is from October to March. Although Monsoons are also a good option. The best preferable time is winter to plan your Bikaner Tour Package.