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Bikaner - Of Royal Forts, Fables And Fairs


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 north-west 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 sandstones.

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.

Bikaner Weather

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.

Bikaner Weather

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How to Reach Bikaner

  • By Road
    Tourists can also reach the destination by availing convenient bus services. State owned as well as private buses are available to Bikaner from Delhi, Jodhpur, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Udaipur and Kota. The bus stand of Bikaner is located opposite to the road, which leads to the Lallgarh Palace Hotel.
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  • By Train
    Bikaner has a railway station which is connected to major Indian destinations like Jaipur, Churu, Jodhpur, Delhi, Kalka, Howrah and Bhatinda by frequent trains. Bikaner Express and Bikaner Mail are widely preferred trains to reach the destination. Cabs are available from the Bikaner Railway Station to the city.
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  • By Air
    The Jodhpur Airport is the closest domestic airbase, located around 250 km away from Bikaner. Foreign tourists can reach the destination from the Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi, the nearest international stop. This airport is connected to major Indian destinations like Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai by daily flights. Tourists can reach Bikaner by availing taxis from the Jodhpur Airport at reasonable prices.
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