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Bikaner is an oasis town among scrubs and sand dunes. Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Also known as the camel country, the city is known best for riding camels and hence boasts of having one of the largest camel researches and breeding farm in the world. Bikaner still retains a medieval air and is house to over 300 havelis. Vacationing in Bikaner will be astounding experience.

Founded in 1848 AD by Rao Bika ji, the imposing palaces, the beautifully and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the most beautiful creation of the Rajput civilization. It was formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner . Bikaner is also famous for its ‘ Bikaner i Bhujia’ as well as for its handicrafts and leather articles.

Summer: Max: 41.0 degree C; Min.: 28 degree C
Winter: Max: 23 degrees C; Min: 5 degrees C
Fair & Festivals

Cattle & Camel Fair (next 21 - 22 January, 2008): Cattle and Camel fair is held in January and November.

How to reach

Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 235 km.
Train: Bikaner has railway connections to several destinations including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Haridwar.
Road: There are frequent express buses available, but if one wants to drive down to Bikaner , it is one day's drive from Jaipur.

Places to see :

Junagarh Fort
Built in 1593 A.D by Raja Rai Singh, one of the most distinguished Generals in the army of Emperor Akbar, it is an unassailable fortress, which has never ever been conquered. In it, one will find some very magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure.

These palaces are made of some of the most exclusive sandstones. It also houses a museum, which has an array of rich collection. Karan Pol [gate] is the main entrance of the fort. Next to it is the Suraj Pol meaning the sun gate.

Prachina Museum
This museum is located inside the Junagarh Fort. It is dedicated to royal costumes, textiles and accessories. It is an absolute delight for art and craft lovers. It also houses ancient courtly culture along with other royal mannerisms as well.

Bhandeswari Temple
It is a fifteenth century temple and is the oldest monument of Bikaner . This temple is the oldest shrine of Bikaner and is adorned with mirror work, frescos and some beautiful gold leaf paintings..

Come and explore ancient mansions during vacations. They are known for the wealthy and noble dwellings. They have some of the most intricate details that one could ever find, along with sprawling courtyards. Bikaner is full of havelis and to view these havelis take the following route:

Gogagate, Daddhon Ka Chowk, Rangari Chowk, Assanion Ka Chowk, Mohta Chowk, Binnanion Ka Chowk Daga Chowk, BK School and Jassuar Gate.

Lal Garh Palace This palace is a beautiful work of art, made fully of red sandstone. It was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji in 1902. The Oriental Fantasy was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. The architecture is a mix of Rajput, Mughal and European style. The palace has some beautiful latticework, which are hallmarks of a great craftsmanship. It also houses in it an amazing collection of well-maintained paintings and hunting trophies. Sprawling lawns with some beautiful bougainvillea flowers and dancing peacock make for an amazing visual experience.