Bikaner is known as the ‘Camel Country’. It has the world’s largest breeding ground for camels. The camel fairs here are famous all over the world. Tourists who come to Bikaner never miss out on the camel safari. Other than the camels, the sand dunes and the stunning forts and palaces make Bikaner a favorite among national and international tourists.
The nearest airport is the Jodhpur Airport. The distance between Bikanerand Jodhpur is 240kms. You can come to Bikaner from Jaipur or Jaisalmer as well. The distance from both is a little over 300kms. The best time to visit Bikaner is from November to February. That is when the weather is at its pleasant best.
There is a strong sense of history associated with Bikaner. It was founded in 1488 by a Rathore prince called Rao Bikaji. He transformed the barren lands here into a beautiful and striking city. Bikaner got its place under the sun through the initiatives of Maharaja Ganga Singh. In those days, Bikaner had a direct trade route to China and even Central Asia.
The prime attraction of Bikaner is the Junagarh Fort. This was constructed by the brave general of the Mughal emperor Akbar, Raja Rai Singh in 1593. A moat girdles the palaces on all sides and it has some 37 pavilions and palaces, including some famous ones like Phool Mahal,Best roti maker Chandra Mahal and Karan Mahal. There is a museum in the Fort that houses some priceless paintings and exquisite antiques that find great value among art connoisseurs.
Maharaja Ganga Singh built a grand palace in 1902 called the Lalgarh Palace. This is made of red sandstone. You can find a unique blend of Mughal, Rajput and even European architectural motifs in the construction of this palace. The Jain Haveli is one among the many majestic havelis that you can find in Bikaner. You can also visit the 15th Century Bhandeswari Jain Temple. While you are in Bikaner, check out the Camel Research and Breeding Farm, along with the Deshnoke Temple, Sri Sadul Museum, the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum and the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.