Situated in the north-west part of the Rajasthan, Bikaner lies in the medieval splendor with a timeless appeal. Established in the 1488 AD by Rajputs ruler Rao Bikaji, Bikaner reflects some of the beautiful creation of the Rajput era. Literally, Bikaner is a desert town in the middle of the Thar Desert. A majestic city of forts and palaces, Bikaner is known for its rich Rajput culture and some of the beautiful sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones. Visitors all across the globe come here to get a feel of the desert and the culture and lifestyle of the local people.
Being a desert town, the place experiences extreme weather with very hot summers and biting cold winters. October through March is the best time to visit Bikaner. During summer months – days are extremely hot but the night becomes very pleasant. It is one of the famous tourist destinations for the travelers who love to see the medieval era architecture. There are many of the luxury hotels and holiday resorts in Bikaner that organizes camel safaris, jeep safaris, night safaris and desert camps which allows the tourists to submerge in the life of desert.
Timeless Places in Bikaner
Junagarh fort is a unique illustration of princely state of Bikaner. The fort is a showcase of architectural design the old one of the Rajput style of the 16th century which was then under the impact of the Mughal emperor. The rules of the Bikaner were in close association with the Mughal court, as such they adopted the Mughal decorations that are reflected in the wall paintings and stone inlay works. If you are keen interested in exploring the old art and architecture of the previous era, the magical land of Bikaner Rajasthan awaits you.
Camel, popularly called the ship of the desert is the star attraction of the Rajasthan. Spend some time at the extensive farm and breeding ground. Meet the famous fighting force of Rajasthan.Bhandasar Jain Temple:
This historical monument was erected in 15th century, dedicated to Suman Nath Ji – the 5th Tirthankara of the Jain religion. The temple artistically decorated with global leaf paintings with mirror work.Sadul Museum:
Sprawl on the first floor of the Lallgarh Palace, the museum is a beautiful showcase of interesting animal heads and other wildlife trophies of the mighty rulers of Bikaner. Take a calm tour of this unique museum and go through the lives of and times of three successive Maharajas of famous Bikaner namely Maharaja Sadul Singh Ji, Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji and Maharaja Karni Singh Ji. While exploring the museum you may the glimpses of Royal Rajput Life.
Best time to Visit Bikaner
It is great advantage of Bikaner is that it experiences three distinct seasons – summer, winter and monsoon. As far as an ideal time to visit Bikaner is concerned the months of October through March is convenient. Located amidst Thar Desert, Bikaner experiences extreme climate with summer too hot.
How to Reach Bikaner
Bikaner is well connected by rail and road networks with almost all the major cities in India. The nearest airport is Jodhpur which is located at an approximate distance of 235 km from Bikaner. It takes only four to five hour to reach Bikaner.