Founded in 1488 by Rao Bikaji, Bikaner was once on the ancient trading route of caravans. It has many forts, palaces and temples all created with unusual delicacy in red sandstone and a bustling bazaar where you can even buy a pair of 'racing'camels.
Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Monsoon (Jul. to Aug.): Warm
Winter (Nov. to Feb.): Cool and pleasant
The nearest airport is Jodhpur (245km). There are rail links to Delhi and Jodhpur.
Road links to Delhi (460 km), Jaipur (330 km), Jaisalmer (320 km).
Gajner Palace Hotel
Hotel Lalgarh Palace
RTDC'S Dhola-Maru Tourist Bungalow
uilt in 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Emperor Akbar, the fort has many palaces and gateway.
km from the city centre, it was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh with intricate filigree work in red sandstone.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
t has one of the richest collections of terracotta- ware, weapons and miniature paintings of the Bikaner school.
At the bazaar, look for camel-hide water bottles, slippers, purses and lampshades. Also, camel hair durries, carpets and blankets.
Try the famous Bikaneri Bhujias - a tangy mix of fried cereals that make a perfect snack.
The Kolayat Fair.
Desert Festival with local folk artistes and a spectacular Fire Dance.