North Indian City Guide - Rajasthan - Bikaner

A hidden gem in Rajasthan – Bikaner, is exposed by the vibrant dust-swirling desert, fabulous fort and plenty of other attractions that draw travel enthusiasts close to this city. The city of Bikaner is located on the northwest side of Rajasthan and is 330 Km away from Jaipur, the capital of the state. Unlike other cities in Rajasthan, Bikaner is so unique and it doesn’t need a red carpet to welcome visitors because the city itself is red and popularly called by the name “The Red City of Rajasthan” as the town is adorned with structures that are built of red sandstones that are many decades old but still reflecting beautiful red shades.

Bikaner - City Guide

Junagarh Fort is considered as the heart of Bikaner. Being popular for its magnificent structure made of red sandstones, this fort remains an epitome of architectural excellence that features carvings made with red and gold sandstones. Other exquisite attributes like the palace inside the fort, interiors adorned with ancient Rajasthani style, two main gates made of golden sandstones, the garden, kiosks and the balconies will for sure leave you under a spell.

On the other hand, there is “Rampuria Haveli so called the Pride of Bikaner” It is one the popular attractions in Bikaner that pulls travellers from all around the world towards it. Rampuria Haveli is a cluster of nine Havelis (mansions) that are constructed with rose-coloured Dulmera sandstone. This architectural heritage which blends Rajput and European styles features intricate carvings, ornate facades, and exquisite frescoes. It is a breathtaking sight to see the finest examples of aesthetic sensibilities of the artisans who constructed them which feels like taking a step back in time.

You cannot egress Bikaner without visiting the Karni Mata Temple built in the shades of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, This temple is popularly known as the “Rat Temple” as this temple remains a home for more than 25,000 rats which are considered an auspicious meander freely in and around the temple complex and also fed and taken care. Often the rats are seen emerging out of the crevices in the floors, frequently passing beside and over the feet of the visitors. If any rat gets accidentally killed, or stamped by a visitor then it is suggested to replace it with a rat made of solid silver or gold. If you don’t have Musophobia never miss to visit this temple.

If you have a special hold towards the Pushkar Camel festival then add the Bikaner Camel festival to your travel Itinerary. “The Camel Country” Bikaner, hosts a two- day fair that happens during January and it is one of the most famous festivals in the city. Honouring the “ship of the desert” This festival mainly features spectacular events like camel dances, camel races, thrilling camel rides, etc. Apart from focusing on camels, the traditional Rajasthani folk dance, and folk music are also performed and visitors can also taste unique camel milk sweets and camel milk tea. Trigger your dopamine by visiting the stalls that feature exquisite handicrafts, jewellery, pottery, and rare delights.

It is a stroke of luck to part take in the Raisar Dunes camp that offers a glimpse into the rural life, delectable dinners, Rajasthani folk music and dance performances, dune safaris and camel rides.

On one side getting exhilarated and exhausted with history, celebration, rides and shopping Bikaner, on the other hand, stretches its arms to make people refresh and rejuvenate through the best spots, especially for nature lovers like Darbari Lake – Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and Horse Eco-tourism which makes you experience the essence of nature at its best.

Like salt and pepper, adventure and amazement will be experienced together through a visit to Bikaner which can make you raring to visit again in the future.

Climatic Conditions in Bikaner

The hot summer season in Bikaner starts in March and lasts till June. This season is considered scorching hot and arid with temperatures ranging from 35.2°C to 41.7°C. Monsoon season in Bikaner starts in July and lasts till November characterized by an average rainfall with temperatures ranging from 28 °C – 17 °C Winter season starts in Mid-November and lasts until February with temperatures ranging from 14.3°C to 23.0°C unlike other places in Rajasthan, January in Bikaner is usually mild and not too harsh with the minimum temperature of 15.8 °C

Best time to visit Bikaner

The best time to visit Bikaner is October to March as it is the weather remains perfect for exploring the beauty of the city. Although it rains between October to March the climate is not too harsh and will not hinder any outdoor activities. The atmosphere remains gentle, mild and suitable for leisure pursuit

Major Attractions in Bikaner

1. Devi Kund – A collection of monuments that are characterized by several royal cenotaphs.

2. Lalgarh Palace and Museum- An architectural marvel built with red sandstones that has a blend of Islamic, Rajput and European styles.

3. Kodamdesar Temple and Lake – A temple dedicated to Lord Bhairav that hasn’t got any rooms or doors instead the idol of the deity is kept in the center

4. Rajasthan State Archives – A perfect place to know/study the ancient administrative records such as the period of Mughals, Persian etc.; that are well preserved here.

5. Jodbeed Conservation Reserve – A magnificent Conservation Reserve that is home to many unique and rare species of creatures and is a great place for bird lovers and wildlife photographers.


1. Which airport is near to Bikaner?

Jodhpur airport is the nearest to Bikaner

2. What is the famous festival in Bikaner?

Bikaner camel festival is very famous in this city.

3. Why Visit Bikaner?

You must visit Bikaner to see the wonderful and mind-blowing structure that will leave you spellbound.

4. What are the luxury hotels in Bikaner?

Narendra Bhawan Bikaner, The Laxmi Niwas Palace and Vesta Bikaner Palace are the top luxury hotel in Bikaner

5. Is Bikaner a desert area?

Bikaner is situated in the middle of the Thar Desert.

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