Bikaner is a city in north-west Rajasthan, India.
Bikaner can be reached by train from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agra, Punjab and other major Indian towns. It can also be reached by road from Delhi via Shekhawati or Jaipur. The highways are very good. However, the country roads in the Shekhawati region can be a bit of a dampener. The road from Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are the best roads. The nearest airport is Jodhpur (around 4.5 hours journey) and is well connected by road and rail. However, traveling via Jaipur (6.5 hours distance) gives you more options in terms of flight frequency and choice of airlines. Overall it comes out to be cheaper (due to availability of low-cost airlines) if you travel via Jaipur.
Various tour operators and travel agencies offer chauffeured car-taxi services. These are charged on a per km, per day basis. You can plan to take one to arrive into the city or take one for sightseeing in and around the city.
There are many car rental services in Delhi which can provide chauffeur driven cars to Bikaner.
Getting around in Bikaner is best done using trishaws and tongas (horse carts) due to the fact that streets are too narrow (so that they are not clogged with sand in case of a sand storm, which are very frequent) and busy for cars. These are very cheap, and a day's hire shouldn't cost more than 250 rupees. Bicycles can be hired near the railway station.
- taxiGUIDE.in (Bikaner Car Rental), ☎ +91 888 023 4455 ([email protected]), . Inquiry: 7am to 11pm. Bikaner Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a chauffeur driven car rental service in 75 cities in India. Fares starting Rs.2342 for within city and Rs.14.5/km for outstation.
- Junagarh Fort: The fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who reigned from 1571 to 1612. It is a fort of the Bikaner royal family. You will get a chance to know about the history of the Bikaner royal family. Also has a museum which displays weapons and ornaments of previous eras. This is one of the oldest forts and was one of the few forts in India that was never defeated. One of the kings saved all Hindus in India from being converted to Islam by emperor Aurangzeb.
- Laxmi Niwas Palace: The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh in Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was designed by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902, completed in year 1926, and it is part of Lalgarh palace. The style of architecture is Indo-Saracenic. It is now a luxury hotel owned by Golden Triangle Fort & Palace P. Ltd.
- Lalgarh: Lalgarh is another fort of the Rajputana family. Some of the the Rajputana kings used to stay here. You will see the royal story of the Rajputana family.
Two-day old camel at Bikaner Camel Research Center
- Bikaner Camel Research Center: Visitors are welcome in the afternoons. Learn about the camel breeds common to the area. Museum and gift shop on the premises. Don't pass up the opportunity to taste camel's milk ice cream at the snack bar.
- Shivbari Temple, Shivbari choraha. This is a centuries old Shiva temple. It has two huge "Baoris" (water reservoirs). Thousands of people visit this place every year.
- Jain Temple Bhandasar.
- Ganga museum. A government museum,worth to visit
- Devi Kund Sagar. It is a royal crematorium place with lot of cenotaphs (chattris) just 10 minutes away from Junagarh. Auto rickshaws will charge barely INR 15-20.
Desert and camel safaris here offer an alternative to Jaisalmer, where it can be more touristy, and the desert has less vegetation and wildlife to see than around Bikaner.
- Rao Bikaji Groups (Shri Ram Hotel Heritage), ☎ +91 926 1001100 ([email protected]), .
- Camel Man (Vijay Guest House), ☎ +91 151 2231244, .
- Vino Desert Safari (Vinod Bhojak), ☎ +91 151 2270445, .
- Vinayak Desert Safari (Vinayak Guest House), ☎ +91 151 2202634, . The owner, Jitu Solanki, a knowledgeable zoologist, offers impressive, if pricey, wildlife tours (local plants, animals, and birds) and camel safaris. Camel safari 1200-1500Rs / day.
- Chai Patti. For a foodie, a visit to Bhujia Bazaar (yes Bikaner does have a market named on famous Bikaneri Bhujia) and Chai Patti is a must. You will just fall in love with the kachoris and samosas at Chai Patti.
- Chhappan Bhog, Station Road, Bikaner (Near Silver Square). One of the oldest fast food joints of Bikaner. The rajkachori of this place is a show stealer, and a must for all those who are in for a chaat treat. Other good items on the menu include the rava dosa, with amazing fresh coconut chutney. The typical Indian-Chinese chow mein is also lip-smacking.
- Sankhla Kulfi. If you have a sweet tooth, particularly a penchant for Indian sweets and are looking for some relief in the rising temperatures of Bikaner, then you need to drop by at Sankhla Kulfi. The place promises to sell the best kesar kulfi, and most of the consumers vouch for it. It's refreshingly cool.
- King's Bar, Opposite railway station. Good interior, spacious bar serving alcoholic drinks. A little bit costlier than others.
- Jaswant Bar, Opposite railway station,from platform no. 6. An average type of bar, good one for a quickie.
- Hotel Basant Vihar Palace, Bikaner NH 15 Sri Ganganagar Road, Bikaner 334002 Rajasthan.
- Hotel Shri Ram Heritage, A228 Sardul Ganj, ☎ 091 151 2522651,2521320, . checkin: 10.00AM; checkout: 9.00AM. Nicely decorated spacious rooms, with attached baths having hot and cold running water, in a calm residential area. Open courtyard in front and rear with big open terrace upstairs. The top floor is a Hosteling International affiliated dorm with a dozen beds, each with its own fan. They can accommodate large groups with advanced booking. Great alternative to noisy station road. Offers free bus/train station pickup instead of paying commission to taxi drivers. Double Room: from 1000 to 3000 Rs. Single Room: from 800 to 1500 Rs. Dormitory: 200 Rs..
- Karni Bhawan Palace, Bikaner, Gandhi Colony,Bikaner 343001, ☎ 0151 252 4701, . Situated in the heart of the residential area, the hotel is near to the major tourist attractions of the city like the Junagarh fort, Lalgarh Palace, the camel breeding farm, the temples and the bazaars.
- The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Dr. Karni Singhji Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan (India) 334001, ☎ +91 151 2202777 ([email protected]), . 106 year old palace, which is the former residential palace of the king. 45 standard rooms and 15 suites, all air-conditioned and many of them have direct access to an open terrace. Indoor games like billiards and ping pong, WiFi, conference rooms, a bar and a swimming pool. Rajasthani folk singers/dancers perform at the palace every evening. They have pictures of the royal family with the relevant historical factoids on the hallway walls which can be very informative for those interested, and they also arrange 'sand dune dinners' with cultural programs at a desert site nearby. From 7500 to 28000 Rs.
- Desert Wind. Rude desk clerk. Outrageous internet charge of 110 RS for 2 hours use. Single Room: 1300 Rs. Double Room: 1500 Rs. Breakfast NOT included..
- Hotel Sagar, Lal Garh Palace - Campus, Bikaner, ☎ 0151-2520677. It's a high end place in a palace. Huge, kind, attentive staff here, they pamper you. Single Room: from 1620 to 4350 Rs. Double Room: from 1800 to 4350 Rs. Breakfast included..
- Vinayak Guest House, Old Giani, Bikaner (5mins from Junagarh Fort, 1min from Matatji Temple), ☎ +91 151 2202634; +91 9414430948; +91 9460780889, . checkout: 09:00AM. Neat rooms in a peaceful inner yard, behind the owner's home, which makes for a relaxed homestay-like atmosphere. The nearby temple with its nightly prayers however is audible. Also offers desert safaris - without being pushy about it. Home prepared food from a limited menu. Hot water by the bucket, from a commonly used 24hr self-service tap. Free pick-up from bus/railway stations, whenever you call. Free 3G connection in the evenings, possibility to use a provided laptop. single 150-300Rs, double 450-600Rs, mains 70-200Rs. (28.02792,73.31743)
- Hotel Gaj Kesri, Bypass Road Bikaner Rajasthan .
- Gajner Palace Gajner, PO Gajner 334301 Tehsil Kolayat Bikaner Rajasthan , . An incomparable jewel in the Thar Desert, Gajner Palace is on the embankment of a lake. Built by H.H. Maharaja Sir Ganga Singhji of Bikaner, this Grand Heritage property was constructed as a hunting resort during the days of the British Raj. Visiting British dignitaries used to stay here. Hunting grounds are spread over 6000 acres. In 1976, Gajner Palace was converted into a luxury hotel with 32 deluxe rooms and 13 historic suites.
- Lallgarh Palace, Lallgarh Complex Ganganagar Road Dist Bikaner, Rajasthan, India 334001.
- Hotel Basant Vihar Palace, Bikaner NH 15 Sri Ganganagar Road, Bikaner 334002 Rajasthan.
- Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke, 32kms from Bikaner. This is a temple of a local deity, Karni Mata. It is believed that Karni Mata used to take care of the Rajputana family. At this temple, rats are fed and cared for, as the locals believe them to be holy. You will likely be told that seeing a certain white rat is very auspicious, but if you press further most locals will tell you there is always one or two visible around the temple. Be careful while walking inside the temple, you might accidentally step on a rat.