Bikaner – Gateway to Thar Desert

Population:  6,47,804
Average Climate

Summer: 25°C – 45°C
Winter: 10°C – 23°C

Best Time to visit:October to March

Tourist Attraction In Bikaner
Bikaner is a city in the northwest of Rajasthan and located 330 kilometres from the state capital, Jaipur. It is also a great desert kingdom of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1486 by Rao Bika, the disgruntled younger son of Rao Jodha, the ruler of Jodhpur. Bikaner with its old walled town where camels saunter past colourful stalls, the imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones which display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization, has lot in store for visitors.. Bikaner is famous for sweets and snacks (or namkeens in Hindi).
Also it is famous for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis and certainly its camel safaris. The city boasts of having the best camels and has the largest Camel research and breeding farm in the world, hence the name camel country. The camel festival is also a major tourist attraction.

Places Of Interest

Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort: This fort was built by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1612 AD. It is protected by a 986-m long sandstone wall with 37 bastions, a moat and effectively by the forbidding expanse of the Thar desert. The fort was originally called Chintamaniand was renamed Junagarh or ‘Old Fort’ in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits.
Lalgarh Palace
Lalgarh Palace: It is outside the walled towns and is a sprawling extravaganza of carved friezes, jalis, pillars and arches in the distinctive reddish pink local sandstone. One of the most impressive palaces constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father in 1902 A.D, the Lalgarh Palace defies the bleak and rugged reality of the harsh Thar Desert around Bikaner. The Lalgarh palace is an imposing red sand stone palace and a hybrid architecture and mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles.
Camel Breeding Farm
Camel Breeding Farm:It is 9 km southeast of Bikaner and best visited in the late afternoon when camels return from grazing. It was set up in 1975, the farm breeds nearly half the camels found in India. The farm is complex of cables stables and enclosures and buildings. One can enjoy camel ride or ice cream made of camel milk. The farm permits tourists at certain hours of the day.