Encircled by vast, rhythmic stretches of sand dunes, Bikaner is truly a vibrant and colorful oasis in the midst of a beautiful yet barren desert. From the magnificent forts and regal palaces to the bustling market streets and small multihued mud-houses, every aspect of this city is filled with vigor and verve
Wading through its dusty, winding paths, soaking in the delightful culture, which is punctuated with vivid shades, one cannot help but fall in love with Bikaner. Be it with the captivating tales of its majestic past, or the genial appeal of its lively culture, the city casts its charm over every traveler.Established in the 15th century, Bikaner in Rajasthan is among the most prized gems of the Rajput tradition. It has been named after its founder, Prince Rao Bikaji of the Rathore dynasty. Nurturing its traditions over the years, Bikaner is one of the rare cities that have managed to retain a bond with its roots. It is this cultural legacy that lures travelers to this medieval desert town.Bikaner, with its numerous havelis and historical monuments, will transport you back to the medieval era. These magnificent reminders of its glorious past make it an invaluable part of India's royal tradition. But the true treasure of Bikaner lies in the multi-colored culture that characterizes it. Visit the city during the numerous festive occasions to experience it at its best. The Camel Festival held in January is a great time to witness the city’s devotion to the ship of the desert and the various celebrations honoring it. Other festivals include the Karni Mata Fair, Kodamdesar Mela, Akkha Teej and so on, when you get a glimpse of the popular folk arts such as the Ghumar and Mataki dances.It is impossible to visit Bikaner and give its delightful markets a miss. Colorful traditional attire, embroidered with ethnic patterns and mirror work are very popular. Bright cotton sarees adorned with Sanganeri prints are a must-buy. Art lovers can buy the exquisite Bikaner miniature paintings and intricately carved wood crafts. The ethnic gold and silver jewelry, adorned with artistic Meena patterns, known as Kundan, is another specialty of Bikaner.Local transport in Bikaner is scarce despite its status as a popular tourist destination. This can be attributed to the narrow and dusty roads in the city. However, this does not cause much inconvenience as most of the city can be traversed on foot. In fact, walking around is the best way to explore and enjoy the city, as most vehicles may not be able to wade through the sandy streets. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are available to travel to longer distances. You can also rent a bicycle or motorcycle and ride along the city. Sand storms are frequently experienced in Bikaner. So carry sunglasses and scarves to protect yourself against the dust.As most streets within Bikaner are narrow and tend to be clogged with sand, avoid traveling in cars or taxis
Bikaner is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur at a distance of 199kms.
Airports: Jodhpur Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Bikaner from other major cities of the country..