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      An INSIGHT into the POPULARLY KNOWN CAMEL CITY OF BIKANER

      History And Location
      Bikaner – also popularly known as the camel city, was founded by Rao Bika of the Rathore clan in 1488. From its small origin it has developed into the fifth largest city in Rajasthan.

      The city of Bikaner is on the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India.
      How To Get There
      Bikaner is well connected to different parts of India by train, airways and roadways.
      • By Train - Bikaner railway station is well connected to the cities of Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Kalka and Bhatinda. Bikaner Express and Bikaner Mail are commonly preferred trains to reach the city.
      • By Air - The nearest airport to Bikaner is Jodhpur, which is nearly 250 km away. This is a domestic airport, connecting to different major cities in India. You can easily reach the airport by bus, car or taxi.
      • By Road – Plenty of bus services are available from Bikaner to Delhi, Jodhpur, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Udaipur and Kota. You can also avail a private car or taxi to reach Bikaner.
      The Best Time To Visit
      • The Best season to visit Bikaner is from October to March as winters are cooler and are ideal for outings and sightseeing.
      • July to September is good for those travellers who like heavy showers. This month is ideal for short trips during this time.
      • April to June is hot and can cause dehydration, so it is best to avoid travelling to the city.
      Places To Visit
      Few Interesting Places
      Junagarh Fort:
      The famous fort of Junagarh was constructed by Raja Rai Singh in 1593. The fort is considered an innovative piece of art.
      Gajner Palace:
      The Gajner palace is considered as "a jewel" in Thar desert. The palace has been tastefully carved in red sandstone and is famous for its carved jharokhas, pillars, and screens.
      Lallgarh Palace :
      The Lallgarh Palace, which is named after Maharaj Lal Singh is an architectural marvel in red sandstone.
      The Sadul Singh Museum :
      This museum covers the entire first floor of the Lalgarh Palace. It is dedicated to the lives and exploits of three successive kings of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh, Sadul Singh and Karni Singh. The museum is full of interesting artefacts.
      Religious Temples :
      Some of the famous temples are located in Bikaner which attracts many tourists.
      • Laxmi Nath Temple
      • Bhandasar Jain Temple
      • Mukam Temple
      • Kolayat
      • Karni Mata Temple
      • Shiv Bari Temple
      Where To Stay
      The royal houses of the Bikaner city have been renovated and converted into heritage hotels. Hence one can experience the lifestyle of the Bikaner rulers by staying there. Few renowned heritage hotels in Bikaner are:
      • Gajner Palace
      • Bhanwar Niwas
      • Hotel Laxmi Niwas Palace
      • Lallgarh Palace
      Main Attraction – Camel Festival
      • The Bikaner Camel Festival is one of the main attractions of the city. It is an event organized by the department of Tour Art and Culture of Bikaner, Government of Rajasthan. It takes place every year in the month of January.
      • Some spectacular and unusual camel performances like camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides take place at this event.
      Fairs & Festivals
      Bikaner, being a colourful city, organises a lot of fairs and festivals every year. Few of the famous festivals celebrated are -
      • Gangaur
      • Kapil Muni Fair
      • Punarasar Fair
      • Kodamdesar Mela
      • Siyana Bhairoon Mela
      • Aksaye Tritya
      • Paryushan
      • Kartik Poornima
      Main Occupation
      The main occupation of the rural people of Jodhpur is mainly agriculture and animal husbandry. Apart from this there are craftsman who make handloom products and handicraft items.
      Other Attractions
      • You can enjoy the authentic Rajasthani cuisines at various restaurants which serve mouth-watering local and national cuisines.
      • Camel rides are another major attraction of the desert.
      • Evenings in Jodhpur are ideal to enjoy Rajasthani folk songs and dance shows which give you the real flavour of the culture of the state.
      Bikaner is visited by tourists from all over the world. A majority of them prefer to stay at budget hotels, widely available to suit your expenditure.
      Bikaner is considered as a famous tourist attraction in the dense Thar desert. As it was the centre

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