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Bikaner City Guide

A significant destination in the Desert tourist circuit of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a land fortified with royal splendor and aura. Primarily a princely state, it is named after its founder, Rao Bika who established Bikaner in the year 1486. Lying on a popular trade route, this city has always been a destination with burgeoning tourist trade. This vibrant desert town is highlighted with a fabulous fort that truly reflects this city's erstwhile glorious tales. Besides, Bikaner offers a tourism extravaganza to its travelers with flourishing markets of unique art forms including miniature paintings, gold embossing works, ivory works and most importantly, the special variety of Bikaneri snacks. Leaf through this page to know more travel facts and information about Bikaner.

Tourist Attractions
Junagarh Fort

Built by Raja Raj Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar in the year 1593, Junagarh Fort is one of the forts (in India) which has never been conquered or seized. Adorning a charming appearance in red sandstone and marble, this magnificent architecture consists of a number of beautiful monuments.

Lalgarh Fort

Built by Maharaj Ganga Singh ji in the year 1902 in the memory of his beloved father Maharaja Lal Singh, this fort is a great emblem of Rajputana, Mughal and European architecture. The exquisite latticeworks, filigree work, rare collection of antique paintings are some of the highlights of the fort.

Bhandeswari Jain Temple

Adorned with stunning mirror work, gold leaf paintings and frescoes, this temple is the oldest monument of the city (built in the 15th century).

Gajner Palace

Often referred to as 'a jewel in Thar Desert', Gajner Palace was an erstwhile summer resort for the royal families and one of the famous monuments in Bikaner.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

It was a former residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner (former princely state). Adorning red sandstone and Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, it is now functions as heritage hotel.

Best Time to Visit

The beautiful city of Bikaner experiences extreme climate conditions with hot summers and cold winters. So, if you are planning a Rajasthan trip, visit this beautiful city in the mid-season i.e., from 'October to March'. .

How to Reach

Bikaner is very well connected with other cities of Rajasthan and north India via all modes of transportation.

By Air: Jodhpur Airport (243 km) is the nearest airport to Bikaner which operates flights to and from metro cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
By Rail: The city has its own railway station, Bikaner Railway Station connecting it to other cities by special (Bikaner Express and Bikaner Mail) and other passenger trains.
By Road: The city of Bikaner is well connected with other adjacent cities and states by excellent road network. Private cars and inter-state transport buses can be taken to travel by road.

Shopping in Bikaner

Bikaner is a famous travel as well as shopping destination in Rajasthan. It is a land of Camels, thus organizes a grand Camel festival during the month of January every year which is also the best time to shop for some fascinating ethnic stuff. However, Mojari (bikaneri style), Rangi Dupatta, Kundan work jewelry, original precious stones, beaded and sequined gorbandhs, Nokha Quilts, and most importantly the traditional Bikaneri bhujia & snacks are some of the item which you must buy. Some popular markets of Bikaner include Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road) and Junagarh Fort.


Camel Research Farm, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Devi Kund Sagar and Katariasar Village are few of the popular excursion spots around Bikaner.