Founded in 1488 CE by Rao Bikaji, (Rajput prince) this royal, fortified city of Bikaner encircled by a wall with five entrance gates exudes the surrounding desert’s warmth. Travelling to Bikaner help a traveller to explore the culture of Rajasthan closely. Since Bikaner is not that expose from travel point of view a traveller need a Travel package of Bikaner to explore the city.
Bikaner is a “cultural paradise and a traveller’s haven” that will mesmerize you beyond belief. Rightly called one of the three great desert kingdoms of Rajasthan. The dazzling city boasts of old- charm, and opulent havelis and depicts a pleasing bygone era of the Rajputs.
The excavations from this city prove that the civilization was at its peak here even before the Harappan Civilization. One of the earlier established cities, Bikaner still displays its opulence through palaces and forts, built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. Bikaner has the best camel ride in world and famous with the name of “Camel Country”.
Best Travel Packages of Bikaner
|Traditional Rajasthan Tour | Jaipur – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Wonders and Best Sites to Visit in Bikaner
|Entry Price (Approx.)
|Historic Fort with intricate architecture
|INR 50 – 300
|Stunning architecture and museum
|INR 50 – 250
|Karni Mata Temple
|Temple with thousands of rats
|Lakeside palace with scenic surroundings
|INR 100 – 200
|National Research Centre on Camel
|Camel research center
|INR 10 – 30
|Intricate havelis showcasing local art
|Bhandasar Jain Temple
|Ornate Jain temple with beautiful art
|Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
|Historical artifacts and art
|INR 20 – 50
|Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
|Wildlife and bird watching
|INR 50 – 200
|Camel Breeding Farm
|Farm for breeding and research on camels
|INR 10 – 30
|Shiv Bari Temple
|Ancient temple with serene surroundings
|Sadul Singh Museum
|Display of princely artifacts
|INR 10 – 30
|Sacred Lake with a pilgrimage site
|Laxmi Nath Temple
|Grand temple with intricate carvings
|Artifacts and crafts from Rajasthan
|INR 20 – 50
|Devi Kund Sagar
|Historic royal cenotaphs and chhatris
|INR 10 – 30
|Bikaner Bhairon Temple
|Ancient temple dedicated to Lord Bhairon
|Historic gateway to the city
|Rat Temple (Deshnok)
|Unusual temple with a rat population
|Sadul Singh Ki Chhatri
|Elaborate royal cenotaphs and memorials
|INR 10 – 30
Located amidst the Thar Desert, Junagarh Fort was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594 on a sprawling land of 5.28 hectares. It was initially called Chintamani and later renamed the Junagarh or Old Fort in the 20th century. The fort complex houses some magnificent palaces constructed in red sandstone and marble, and visitors can feast their eyes on an attractive assortment of courtyards, balconies, kiosks, and windows.
Within the vicinity of the fort, there are 7 palaces, viz. Bikaneri Havelis, Phool Mahal (“Flower Palace”), Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Badal Mahal, and Karan Mahal. It is assumed that crocodiles were raised in the water canal surrounding the impressive fort. The architecture comprises a fine mixture of Mughal, Gujarati, and Rajput styles.
The Grand Fort is open daily for visitors from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entry fee for the same is INR 30 for Indians and INR 300 for foreigners.
The reminiscence of the bygone era, Rampuria Haveli is “the pride of Bikaner”. Built of dulcimer (red) stone, every aspect of the havelis- jharokhas (casements), entrances, latticed windows, Divankhanas, Gumaharias, or basements- is simply exotic. Leaves and flowers decorate every jharokha, lending it a pleasant touch. These massive havelis are decorated with golden work of the highest quality.
The rich merchants of Bikaner built Rampuriahavelis over a few hundred years. Standing beautifully, these Havelis of Bikaner are not just a visual delight. They are perfect examples of the delicate sagacity of aesthetics that our forefathers had endowed upon us.
Among all other havelis like Rikhji Bagri ki Haveli, Haveli of Bhairondan, Daga Chowk Havelis, and Sampatlala Agarwal Haveli, Rampuria group of Havelis are known for their more than 400 years old architectural splendour.
Gajner Palace has been frequently described as ‘an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert’. Built on the bank of Gajner Lake, this quaint palace was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Located amidst a thick forest, it is an ideal palace to indulge in bird watching. This outstanding palace has given a great welcome to Indian, as well as international Viceroys and other dignitaries.
Constructed in red sandstone, is a classic representation of craftsmanship. Intricately sculpted pillars, jharokhas, and screens are the major draws of the palace. Lush green trees fill the entire vicinity, while the glorious palace itself offers recreational activities such as billiards, lawn tennis, cycling, bird watching, and wildlife safaris.
The palace is open daily for tourists from 10 am to 6 pm. The entrance fee for the same is INR 100 per person.
National Research Centre on Camel
The National Research Centre on Camel is located 8 kilometres from the city and this breeding centre is the only one of its kind in Asia. This research centre is more of a breeding nursery, which has about 230 camels and 3 distinct breeds.
The round trip takes you through the entire facility, teaching you the techniques implemented at the facility, and the tour lasts for half an hour.
A camel museum is available to apprise the tourists of the developmental and research aspects of the camel in the desert ecosystem. The special attraction of the centre is the Camel milk parlour and you can have unique value-added camel milk products like ice cream, and hot and cold beverages.
Lalgarh Palace is a vivid palace that was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob and built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Architects made this architectural marvel entirely of red sandstone in 1902 to commemorate his father, Maharaja Lal Singh.
The Lalgarh Palace is a classic example of Indian, European, and Mughal architecture, and is famous all over for its lattice sandstones. The transformation of the palace into a hotel has made it an excellent place to spend your holiday. The extravagant Rajputana design blended with the elegant interior décor draws visitors here.
The palace also incorporates a museum that is located inside the Ganga Niwas. The miniature paintings linked to the Bikaner school of art are present there. A library with a huge collection of Sanskrit Manuscripts printed on parchments, and plaques of silver, copper, and gold.
Karni Mata Temple
The temple of Karni Mata, which the locals believe is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, is a renowned tourist spot and is known to be sacred for its huge devotee count. The temple is famous for being home to over 25,000 rats that inhabit and freely meander around the temple complex, earning it the nickname “the temple of rats. Here, people regard consuming food items that rats have nibbled on as a holy practice. It is must to add place in any travel package of Bikaner.
The regular affair at the Karni Mata temple involves the performance of Mangla Arti and bhog offerings by Charan priests. People in thousands visit this temple from far-off places just to pay their respect to those “kabbas” (holy rats of this temple) and make their wishes true. Its architecture, influenced by the Mughal style of construction, is also noteworthy for the temple
Things to do in Bikaner
- Attend the famous Camel Festival
- Shop at Kote Gate
- Enjoy camel safari in the Thar
- Relish the taste of the local cuisines
- Wildlife spotting in the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
- Enjoy the Skybird Water Park
- Try Camel Milk kulfi at Bikaner Camel Research Center
- Explore the old city in Bikaner
- Watch the sunset by the Sursagar Lake
How to reach Bikaner
By Flight: The nearest airport is the Nal Airport located 13 kilometres from Bikaner. Jodhpur International Airport is the nearest airport to Bikaner, which is approximately 251 kilometres away from the city. It connects well with all metro cities such as Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Pune, and many more. Airport also has international flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, New York, London, and some others.
By Train: There are two main railway stations in Bikaner- Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Both the stations are located at a distance of approximately 6 km away from the main city. They are connected with most of the Indian cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Jammu, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, etc.
By Road: The National and State Highways like NH 11, 15, & 89 are very well linked with other major cities and metros in India. Depending on budget, the tourists can book Volvo, luxury, air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, and deluxe buses, or can opt for a sleeper coach for a comfortable journey. Most popular routes that operate from Bikaner connect Delhi, Ganganagar, Pali, Jodhpur, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Kota.
Beat Time to visit Bikaner
Since it is located amidst the Thar Desert, Bikaner experiences extreme climatic conditions throughout the year. In summer, the weather remains extremely hot and humid, while winters are chilly. October to March, winter, is the best time to visit Bikaner as the weather remains cool and pleasant.
FAQs – Top Travel Packages of Bikaner
Ans. Yes, two days are enough to travel in Bikaner. A Traveller can explore almost all the places in Bikaner in their 2 days stay.
Ans. First, check the places and activities that you want to experience in the city. Now Check the days and budget you are having for the travel. Then prepare a plan in which you cover the places based on the time you have. If you want to save time and money you can book the travel package of Bikaner with Flextates.
Ans. Flextates has some of the best and most effective travel packages of Bikaner. Traveller can book their Traditional Rajasthan package in which they get a chance to explore the cities of Rajasthan.
Ans. A trip to Bikaner will cost you around 7K to 10K based on factors such as accommodation, activities, transportation and meals.