Bikaner grew up around the fabulous Junagarh Fort, a large 5-storeyed structure, the surrounding wall of which is more than one kilometer in length! Its sumptuously decorated interiors are much better preserved than any other fort in Rajasthan. The old city of Bikaner retains a medieval air with its maze of narrow lanes and some beautifully carved havelis in red sandstone, while outside the walls, many palaces and mansions survive.

What to see

  1. Bandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples;
  2. Camel Breeding Farm (8 Km);
  3. Devi Kund (8Km);
  4. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum: (Timing: 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.(Closed on Fridays and gazetted holidays);
  5. lalgarh Palace: (Timings:1000 hrs to 1630 hrs (Closed on Wednesdays);
  6. Junagarh Fort: (Timings: 1000 hrs to 1630 hrs (Closed on Wednesday);
  7. Raj Katan Bihari & Rasik Siromani Temnple;
  8. Shiv Bari Temple (6 Km).

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur 240 Km, connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with other important cities in the country.

Rail: Bikaner is a railhead connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Road: Good motorable roads connect Bikaner with Ajmer 234 Km, Delhi 494 Km, Jaipur 316 Km, Jodhpur 245 Km and Jaisalmer 330 Km.

General information

Area: 18 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 41.8 Deg.C Min: 28 Deg. C Winter - Max: 23.2 Deg. C Min: 10 Deg. C Rainfall: 31 Cm Altitude: 237 Mts Season: October to March STD Code: 0151

Excursions

  1. Gajner Palace and Wildlife Sanctuary (32 Km): The lush foliage of the woods here, is home to the Nilgai, Chinkara, Black Buck, Wild Boar and imperial Sand Grouese. Within the sanctuary is the Gajner Palace and has now been converted into a hotel.

  2. Deshnok (32 Km): The temple here is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Durga. What makes the shrine interesting are the mice and rats which are worshipped as incarnations of bards.

  3. Kolayatji (50 Km): The temple is dedicated to Kapil Muni, who propounded the Sankhya philosophy and is the site of a fair in the month of Kartik (Oct 1 Nov), on full moon day.

  4. Kalibangan(205 Km): Extensive remains of the pre-Harappan and Harappan civilisation have been found here in Ganganagar district.