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Shopping: Mojari (Bikaneri style), Rangi dupatta, Kundan work, Wooden antiques, Lacquer Bangles, Carpets, Beaded and sequined, gorbandhs, Paintings
History of: 500 years
Population: 7.23 Lac.

It is important for the tourists to know about Bikaner before traveling to the city situated in the heart of the desert. The kingdom of Bikaner was established in the 15th century when the valiant son of Rao Jodhaji, the founder of Jodhpur, enraged and provoked by his father, quit the palace to establish his own kingdom. The detailed history of Bikaner reveals that the establishment of the kingdom was foretold by the mystic Karni Mata. It was in the year 1488 that the founder of the city, Rao Bikaji fortified the city that was called the city of Bikaner.

Bikaner, India is one of the most frequented desert cities of the state of Rajasthan. The geography of Bikaner reveals the topographic location of the region. The settlement has developed outside the fortified city. Vegetation of the region comprises of the sparse growth of the desert vegetation. With the construction of the Ganga canal, it has been possible for the people to engage in the agricultural production of other crops in the green area of Bikaner.

Bikaner is rich in culture and tradition and is one of the exponents of Rajasthani art and music. The famous people of Bikaner are the great patrons of performing and fine arts. The school of Utsa art finds its roots in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan. Folk music of Bikaner is reputed all round the globe. The fairs and the festivals of the city exhibit the richness of the cultural and traditional heritage of the city of Bikaner.

 

Major Attractions

 

Bikaner is a beautiful city in the northwestern part of Rajasthan and is a major tourist attraction of the state. Junagarh Fort, camel breeding farm and camel festival are the major tourist attractions of Bikaner. Besides, there are various other tourist attractions of Bikaner like Lalgarh Palace, Deshnok temple, Karni Mata etc. that you must visit on your Bikaner Travel. The Rajputana Getaway offers to give you online information on other tourist attractions in Bikaner in Rajasthan, India

Lalgarh Palace is a major tourist attraction in Bikaner and is a beautiful structure in red sandstone. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the early 20th century, Lalgarh Palace is a work of art and an architectural masterpiece, designed by Sir Swinton Jacob.

Deshnok Temple (Rat Temple) is also one of the major tourist attractions of Bikaner. The unique thing about the temple is the thousand of rats that come here. The rats are considered holy and are worshipped by the devotees. You are considered lucky if you spot a white rat.
 

Fun Festives

 

Gangaur Festival
Gangaur Festival in Bikaner is celebrated in the month of April every year. As the term Gan indicates Lord Shiva and Gauri is the divine consort of the Lord, hence the festival of Gangaur is followed to celebrate the divine bliss of Goddess Parvati - the other name of Gauri. The women of Bikaner have a special role to play in the Gangaur festival.

Kolyat Fair
Kolyat Fair is held in the Kartik month of the Hindu calender year in Bikaner. The Kolyat lake and a temple, both at a distance of eight km from the main city of Bikaner, are the places where the fair is organized every year. People from far and near places come to the Kolyat lake to take a dip on the full moon day.

Camel Festival
Camel Festival in Bikaner is among the most exclusive festivals in the land of the Rajputs, Rajasthan. It is a grand occasion and a good reason to celebrate for all people in Bikaner. This event is organized by the Rajasthan Government, Department of Tourism, Art and Culture.

Distance from major cities

Jaipur 325 Kms
Mandawa 187 Kms
Jaisalmer 386 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Jodhpur Airport is the nearest Airport to Bikaner.
by Rail Bikaner by train is very well connected to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad through Indian railways.
by Road Bikaner has very well developed network of road that connects with major cities nearby including Jaipur and Delhi.

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