Bikaner, the Rajasthani town exemplifies the enviable romance of the desert with the dunes of golden sands, fighting camels and the heroic deeds of Rajput kings. This desert town is located in the middle of the Thar Desert, towards the northwest part of the state of Rajasthan. It was founded by the Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji in the year 1488. This town is famous for its rich Rajput culture, delicious bhujias, colourful festivals, magnificent palaces, beautiful sculptures and towering forts made of sand stones.
Tourist places in and around Bikaner - Mouthwatering Ethnic Cuisine
Bikaner is the site of origin of the huge Bhujia industry, which can be traced back to the year, 1877, during the reign of the King, Shri Dungar Singh. Bhujia was first manufactured under the name of ‘Dungarshahi Bhujia’ to serve the guests of the king. Bikaner, which produces mouthwatering Bikaneri Bhujia, sweets and snacks, is the town behind the emergence of the world famous global brands like ‘Bikaji’ and ‘Haldiram’s. Bikaneri Bhujia is a popular crispy snack and is prepared with besan (gram flour), spices, moth dal, vegetable oil, salt, red chilli, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves. One of the largest sweets and snacks companies, ‘Haldiram's’ was established by Gangabisenji Agrawal here in Bikaner in the year 1937.
Bikaner Festival dedicated to camels..
Apart from these mouthwatering bhujias, this desert town beckons tourists from India and abroad to enjoy the famous ‘Bikaner Festival’. It is dedicated to camels, popularly known as the 'ship of the desert'. This festival begins with a glorious procession held in the backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. Camels are decorated gracefully with ornaments and colourful clothes during the festival. Camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design; the best breed competition, camel acrobatics, and camel bands are popular attractions of the festival.
The region of Bikaner enjoys extreme climate in summers as well as in winters.
How to reach Bikaner
Though the nearest airport is not close to Bikaner, it is still easily accessible by rail and road.