Famously called as the camel city of Rajasthan, Bikaner is 330 km north-west of the state capital-Jaipur (5-6 hours of drive). If ever one has found beauty in the desert, it is certainly at Bikaner which was founded in 1488 AD by RaoBikaJi and so the name Bikaner has been deduced from. Bikaner is a true desert landand it still brings the ancient caravan routes which are connected to west/central Asia and North India;and that is why Bikaner was once the flourishing trade center in the medieval period.
Bikaner has lots of travel attractions for the sightseers. It is among the most visited travel destinations of Rajasthan. Travel attractions of Bikaner include majestic forts, palaces, havelis and ancient temples built during the medieval period. The city is being distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and boasts of having one of the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. The ship of the desert- camel is an essential part of this land.
The city also hosts the famous camel festival that is organized annually by the Department of Tourism, Art and culture, Government of Rajasthan. The festival is being held during the months of January that specifies the camel festival. The festival not only highlights the selling and purchasing of the camels but also endorses song and dance festival and other competitions. Many tourists from all over the world travel to Bikaner to see the famous camel festival of Bikaner.
Major Attractions in Bikaner
It is an imposing fort with great architectural splendor, built by Raja Rai Singh. Within the fort are thirty seven palaces, pavilions Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate which is the main entrance to the fort. The palaces worth visiting are Chandra Mahal, PhoolMahal and Karan Mahal. The palaces, exquisitely built in red sandstone and marble are ornate with mirror work, carvings and paintings. An array of kiosks and balconies embellish the fort at intervals, breaking the monotony. A museum with valuable miniature paintings and rare antiques is also located inside the Junagarh Fort.
The Lalgarh is a magnificent fort made in red sandstone, a fascinating juxtaposition of the Oriental style and European luxury that leaves you truly mesmerized. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh almost -90 years ago, the palace is really an extraordinary monument. The palace is embellished with a billiards room, a library, a cards room and a smoking room. Belgian chandeliers cut - glass ornaments, oil paintings and lamps add to its charm.
Dedicated to the 23rd TirthankarParshvanathji, the Bhandeswar Jain Temples are the 16th century collection of Jain temples.
It is one of the major attractions of Bikaner Tours which is situated at the distance of around 8 km from the Camel Country - Bikaner. It is the only large scale camel breeding center in all over in Asia. Managed by the Central Government, the Camel Breeding Farm & Research Centre extends over 2000 acres of semi-parched land.
Bikaner Fast Facts
Founder : RaoBikaji- a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur, RaoJodhaJi.
Distance : Jodhpur (245 km), Jaisalmer (330 km), Jaipur (321 km), Ajmer (290 km), Gajner (32 km), Deshnok (40 km), Khimsar (153 km), Mandawa (190 km), Delhi, (460 km)
Location : Situated in Northeast of Rajasthan.
Area : 38.10 Sq. Km.
Population : 6, 42,550 (approximately)
Temperature : Max 45 ºC, Min 37 ºC (summer); Max 31 ºC, Min 7 ºC (winter).
Languages : Hindi, English, Bikaneri, Marwari and Rajasthani.
Major Attractions : Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, Camel BreedingFarm and Research Center.
Excursions : Gajner Palace, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Devi KundSagar, Katariasar Village.
Best Time to Visit : October to March.