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Travelogged #17 Your Complete Guide To Backpacking In The Historical City Of Rajasthan-Bikaner

By Anubha Das

Updated - May 9, 20248 min read

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“Bikaner” connects you with a crunchy tasty Indian snacks brand called “Bikanervala”, but this city is more than just its snacks. With numerous forts and palaces, Bikaner is considered as the most wonderful historical city today. While most of these forts and palace now lie in ruins, each of them represents untold stories and ancient beauty. Read our guide to learn what to see, do and eat when visiting the beautiful and magical city of Bikaner, India.




Things To Do In Bikaner

1. Camel Rides At The Thar

The other most exciting thing to do in Bikaner would be riding through the undulating, desolate desert on a camel back. You'll be able to see a lot of wildlife during your camel safari and you'll also pass a lot of villages where you can stop by to enjoy the scrumptious local food. There are also a few tour companies in Bikaner that provides you with the overnight camel safari which is one of the famous Bikaner tourist attractions.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-camel-rides_image



2. Get Astonished With Folk Music & Dance

Bikaner is the part of the Rajasthani Culture and is honored with expert entertainers like Bhands, Nats, Bhopas, Dholis, Mirasis and Bhaats. Enjoy these astonishing folk music and dance performed effectively in Nukkad Natak, Puppet Shows and other shows for engaging the explorers and tourists.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-folk-music-and-dance_image


3. Enjoy The Gluttony In Bikaner

When talking about the Gluttony in Bikaner, promptly you are drawn towards pondering bhujia, chiwda, and rasgulla. Though when you visit Bikaner enjoy more than these bites and sweet treats. Over the city, there are different sorts of eateries, bistros and home kitchens serving heavenly Rajasthani cuisine. Also, try out their street food if you want to relish the actual food scene of Bikaner.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner_image


4. Visit the Camel Farm

The National Research Center also called the Camel Farm is located about 8 km away from Bikaner city. This research center is the only research and breeding center for Camels in the World. Here one can see Camels of different breeds and behaviors. It was fascinating to see the newborns and the museum inside the camel farm is also very interesting and informative. travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-camel-farm_image


5. Admire The Mirror Work Of Bhandasar Jain Temple  

Bhandasar Jain Temple is in Bikaner's old town and is shockingly lovely from within. This Jain sanctuary is little and is finished with complicated mirror work that has a trancelike impact. There are numerous splendid frescos on the dividers and the roof that delineate the lives of the Jain educators. The internal parts were refreshingly cool as a result of the white marble. travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-bhandasar-jain-temple_image




Places To Visit In Bikaner

1. Karni Mata Temple 

If you are afraid of rats you should give it a thought while visiting Karni Mata temple at Bikaner since it hosts more than ten thousand rats within temple boundry with no disease (plague) in the area. It is assumed auspicious that if a rat walks over your foot then your wish may come true. Karni Mata temple is located about 30 kms from Bikanertravelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-karni-mata-temple_image


2. Junagarh Fort

The captivating Junagarh fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, between 1588 - 1593 AD. He was the 6th leader of Binaker who managed and ruled over Bikaner from 1571 to 1611 AD. The supervision of the development of the stronghold complex was finished by Karan Chand, Raja Rai Singh's Prime Minister. The development of Junagarh fort had begun on 30th January 1589 and was finished on seventeenth February around the same time.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-junagarh-fort_image


3. Narendra Bhawan Palace

A stupendous palace, Narendra Bhawan palace is made out of Narendra Singhji's recollections from his movements to goals close and far. A throbbing Bombay impacted by the expanding Art Deco development impacts drawn from the excitement posts of Broadway; welcoming natural hollows, rich plush textures, chiffons and pearls; absolutely jazzy – all additional to the cornucopia that prompted the forming of this, his private castle. The exquisite views and cutting edge open air spaces are particularly intended to guarantee the tourists to have a great time.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-narendra-bhawan-palace_image


4. Laxmi Niwas Palace

The Laxmi Niwas Palace was commissioned by His Highness Sir Ganga Singh Ji in 1904. The impetus behind it was two-fold – to provide employment to the townspeople and to create a stately residence worthy of the royal house of Bikaner. When you build a palace like none other, not just anyone is invited to stay. Since 1904, only a few have been deemed worthy of a higher order of hospitality – princelings. Visit this amazing palace to take you back to the days of royalty for the time you are there.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-laxmi-niwas-palace_image


5. Rampuria Haveli

Rampuria Haveli has been developed amid the fifteenth century by Balujee Chalva who was requested to build regal and rich chateaus that befit the well off dealer family, Rampuria. Rampuria Haveli can be easily reached though taxicabs and other transports from anywhere in Bikaner. While visiting the Rampuria Haveli, you can appreciate the quality and brilliance of Redstone architecture. You needn't bother with a ticket or a manual to relax in the wonderful excellence of the structures delineated on the dividers of the Haveli. Just take a walk through the Rampuria Haveli and get astonished.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-rampuria-haveli_image


6. Shri Sadul Museum

Housed on the second floor of Lalgarh royal residence, this historical center was set up in the year 1972. It shows a wide range of Georgian sketches, chasing trophies and uncommon relics. The exhibition hall is devoted to the incredible lords of Bikaner specifically, Maharaja Ganga Singh, Sadul Singh, and Karni Singh. The timings to visit Shri Sadal Museum is from 10 Am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening. Do not make a plan to explore this intriguing museum on Sunday, since it is closed on that day.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-shri-sadul-museum_image


How To Reach Bikaner?

By Road: You'll find regular buses from Delhi, Jodhpur, Agra, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, and Kota that are available for Bikaner. You can avail either state-owned government buses or private buses, depending on your budget.


By Rail: If you are thinking about traveling through rail then Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station are located at a distance of 6 km from each other. These two stations connect Bikaner to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Punjab, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Guwahati.


By Air: Jodhpur Airport is the airplane terminal closest to Bikaner and it is very much furnished. You can without much of a stretch achieve the air terminal through road by means of open transport. Nal Airport is under development and is 13kms from Bikaner. You can take off from Delhi to Jodhpur, flights from Jaipur to Jodhpur and from other metropolitan cities to reach Bikaner.


Local Cuisines 

Bikaner is the home to a lot of amazing and scrumptious food which you cannot find anywhere else in India. Bikaner is known for its bona fide Rajasthani local cuisine. The roads are loaded up with the fragrance of the celebrated street food in Bikaner and powers one to make an agenda of all that one needs to try when they visit Bikaner. Some of their popular dishes include Gatte ki Sabzi,  Dal Baati Choorma, Pyaaz ki Kachori, Ghotua Laddoos and so forth. Their menu will definitely leave you spoilt for choice as they’ve got it all covered for you.travelogged-17-things-to-do-bikaner-food_image

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