This city lies on the northern point of the triangle of desert cities. Bikaner is another royal walled city dating back to 1486 AD. It was, however, a major trade centre as it stood on the ancient caravan route which linked central Asia and North India with the Gujarat seaports. While other cities of Rajasthan are rich in lakes and pleasure pavilions, Bikaner seems quite bare in that respect. Given its severe climatic conditions, the wealth of its architectural heritage lies in its forts, palaces and temples.
This desert town in the north of the state was founded on 1488 by Rao bika, a descendant of Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. Like many others in Rajasthan, the old city is surrounded by a high crenellated wall and like Jaisalmer, it was once an important staging post on the great caravan trade routes. Bikaner is now becoming more and more popular with travellers. Bikaner has a superb fort, camel safaris and 30 kms to the south is the extraordinary Karni Mata temple where thousands of holy rats are worshipped.
|Gajner palace||Laxmi niwas palace||Karni bhawan palace|
|Bhanwar niwas||Lalgarh Palace|
|Sagar||Raj vilas palace||Maharaja ganga mahal|
|Basant vihar palace||Heritage resort||Harasar haveli|
|Marudyan resort||Maan bilas|
|Bhandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples||Devi Kund||Kalibanga|
|Junagarh fort||Lallgarh palace||The Ganga Golden Jubilee Temple|
|City PalaceThe Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary||The Camel Breeding Farm|
Places to eat
|By Air : Indian airlines operates flights between Delhi and Bikaner daily, and most flights continue to Mumbai, Udaipur or Aurangabad. There are several weekly flights between Bikaner and Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Jaisalmer. Private airlines sometimes put on extra flights during the tourist season.
By Bus :There are frequent express buses from Bikaner to Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jhunjhunu and Kota.
By Train :There are several trains from Bikaner to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi.
Places nearby Bikaner
Ajmer 233 kms
Delhi 460 kms
Jaipur 321 kms..
Jaisalmer 333 kms.
Jodhpur 243 kms
Kota 434 kms.
Cities of Rajasthan