Breeding ground for some of the best riding camels in the world, Bikaner is aptly named as the ‘camel country’. Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan and is a popular tourist destination tourists make sure to explore when visiting Rajasthan. As with other major destinations in Rajasthan, Bikaner tourism draws inspiration from its rich and opulent past that can be easily inferred from the magnificent palaces, forts and lakes peppered all over the region that withstood the passage of time. The city of Bikaner is also famous for the cascading sand dunes that scattered is throughout the district.
Bikaner is a vibrant city known for famous tourist attractions that enthrall and captivate the visitors. The legendary Junagarh Fort is an impenetrable citadel that holds the distinction of having never been captured by invaders. Built in 1588 AD, the fort houses few magnificent palaces made of red-stone and marble. Another feather in the cap of tourism in Bikaner, Laxmi Niwas Palace is an exquisite Indo-Saracenic architecture marvel that adorns the city of Bikaner. Constructed between 1892 and 1902, the palace is now a luxury hotel and one of the most visited tourist destination in Bikaner. The famous cluster of Rampuria group of Haveli is one of the many aristocratic homes scattered all over Bikaner.
Apart from the marvelous forts and palaces, Bikaner is also well-known for venerated temples and shrines. Karni Mata Temple (also known as Rats temple), which is world famous due to the presence of thousands of kabas (rats) that roam freely in the temple premises. Other famous temples in Bikaner are Jain Temple, Kodamdesar Temple, Shri Laxminath Temple and Shri Bari Temple. Another well-known spot at Bikaner is the royal crematorium known as Devi Kund where lay the remains of the rulers of Bikaji dynasty.
Bikaner also hosts some of the most vibrant and lively fairs and festivals one can be part of in Rajasthan. The Kolayat Fair at Bikaner is one the most-awaited event that draws crowds in large numbers. For tourists, the fair offers a firsthand glimpse of the vivacious Rajasthani culture and traditions. The Bikaner Camel Festival is another magnificent event dedicated to the ship of the desert. The camel races, best breed competition, camel acrobatics are some of the festivities that are thoroughly enjoyed by tourists. The spectacular fire dance and fireworks light up the night sky at the camel fair.
The regal city of Bikaner offers various activities for the tourists to enjoy their stay. Shopping is one of the first things on the mind of tourists as Bikaner is a shopper’s paradise. Some famous shopping souvenirs at Bikaner are Mojaris (Bikaneri style footwear), Kundan work and lacquer bangles.
Wildlife Safari at Gajner Sanctuary is another highly recommended things to do at Bikaner. Home to some of the majestic animal and bird species, the sanctuary can be visited by jeeps with the forest officers as guides. Apart from that various adventure activities and sports are available in Bikaner for the daring souls.
The best time to visit Bikaner is from October to March as the weather become cheerful and delightful. Summers are not very much comfortable to visit Bikaner. January is the special month to visit Bikaner due to the camel fair.
Bikaner has a high temperature climate during summers i.e from march to august and temperature ranges from 28 °C to 40 °C.
Winters are visitors favourite time to enjoy different places in Bikaner and temperature falls down to 4 °C. Monsoons are quite humid.