Bikaner better known as the Desert City, Bikaner is stark yet beautiful as great Hindu and Mughal art is preserved there. Similar in setting to Jaisalmer, Bikaner is a walled city with an important 16th-century fort containing many intricately carved palaces and temples. The fort is remarkably well preserved. Bikaner is popularly known as the Camel Country and famous for the camel races that are held here. The city of Bikaner has seen several ups and downs in its eventful history.
|Area||165.75 sq. km|
|Temprature||20°C-35°C(Summers), 14°C - 28°C (Winters)|
|Language||Rajasthani, Hindi, English|
|Altitude||237 meters above sea level|
Bikaner has railway connections to several destinations including Jaipur, Churu, Jodhpur and Delhi. The tourist reception centre has a useful chart with details of timing and cost.
By ROAD :
The bus stand is north of the city centre, almost opposite the road leading to the lalgarh palace hotel. There are frequent express buses to the following destinations: Agra, Ahemdabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Barmer, Delhi, Jaisalmer, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur.
The nearest airport is Jodhpur which is kms away.
Shopping in Bikaner is synonymous with shopping for exquisite crafts in a rustic desert paradise. A flourishing world of camel leather shoes, camel leather chairs, camel fur rugs, camel leather belts, bags, miniature paintings on camel hides, beaded and sequined gorbandhs, lac bangles etc. envelops you in a glorious desert aura. A grand way to enjoy shopping in Bikaner would be to reach this camel country during the annual Camel Festival, perch yourself on a camel and ride to brilliant desert stalls aglitter with local crafts. Enjoy shopping for local goodies like the traditional Bikaneri bhujia and Bikaner sweetmeats prepared with thick and delicious camel milk.
GAJNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY :
32 kms. on the Jaisalmer road is located the Gajner wild life sanctuary surrounded by hillocks. Gajner Palace, a summer resort of kings built on the beautiful lake along the sanctuary has been converted into a hotel. Migratory birds like the Imperial Sand Grouse make the Gajner Lake their home during the winters. The sun shines brightly in Gajner. The colorful turbans of its inhabitants sparkle like speckles of colored dust. The little town of Gajner is like an oasis in the royal land, offering a fresh retreat from the hot and humid land of Rajasthan.