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Home :: India Destination :: Rajasthan :: Bikaner
Bikaner

Overview
Junagarh FortThe medieval splendour of the desert city of Bikaner in Rajasthan still pervades the lifestyle of its people. Studded with numerous sand dunes all over, the city has a contagious charm revolving around it. It was back in 1488 AD that Rao Jodhaji established a tiny town which later burgeoned into an impressive city. Camels, the lifeline in the desert areas, can be seen pulling a cart, carrying grains or working at the wells. Take a leisurely stroll through the lanes, pick some interesting souvenirs in the colourful bazaars and interact with the friendliest of folks to have the time of your life.

Climate & Best Time
Owing to its location in the midst of the Thar Desert, Bikaner experiences a typical desert type of climate. Rainfall is very scanty and the maximum temperature during summers shows 50 degrees centigrade. Winters are chilly with temperature dipping to freezing point. November to February is the ideal time to make a trip to the camel country of Bikaner.

Places to Visit
Apart from its exotic people, the city of Bikaner also has a number of architectural landmarks to offer. Its imposing sandstone forts commemorate the chivalrous rulers of the past even today. During your trip to Bikaner, what you should not miss are as follows.

» Junagarh Fort
The fort was erected in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh who served as a general in Mughal emperor Akbar's army. Surrounded by a moat, the fort houses worth-seeing palaces inside like the Chandra Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Anup Mahal, the Rang Niwas and the Dungar Niwas among others.

» Lalgarh Palace
Lalgarh PalaceThe palace is an outstanding structure made up of red sandstone. The grand edifice showcases wonderful lattice and filigree work. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, it has a museum and a library as well.

» Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
One of the richest in Rajasthan, the museum has a fascinating collection of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings and antiquated coins. You will also see sculptures belonging to the Gupta and the Kushana era.

» Camel Research Centre
A must-see for all, the camel breeding farm lies at a distance of 10 km from the city. Founded on 5th July, 1984, the research centre has the eminence of being the largest in Asia.

Stay Options
Bikaner offers its tourists a number of palace and heritage hotels. Besides a luxurious stay here, you would also like soaking up the ethnic charm. Tourists prefer to stay at heritage hotels like Hotel Bhanwar Niwas, Hotel Gajner Palace, Hotel Karni Bhawan Palace, Hotel Lalgarh Palace, Hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace and Hotel Raj Vilas Palace among others.

Getting There
The closest airport to Bikaner is Jodhpur at 243 km. Jaipur, the state capital, is at a distance of 321 km from Bikaner. Through rail route, Bikaner is linked with places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The road network of the city connects Bikaner with Delhi (456 km), Jaipur (334 km) and Jaisalmer (334 km).




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