The regal fortified city of Bikaner possesses a timeless appeal. An integral part of the Desert Triangle, it still retains much of its medieval charm.
If you thrill to the inexorable forces of Nature, do not miss Bikaner. This is true desert country. You must dismiss any picture post card ideas of the desert, however. There are few sand dunes here. The Thar Desert is hard rocky soil, solid as brick. It is scrub country not cactus land. Gorse, thorn milk- weed sprout precariously and the earth is alive with broken insects and bolder birds
This is camel country. They transport grain pull heavy carts, work on the wells. Water lies sometimes 122 meters below the surface. Wells are important, almost sacred. Built on each of the four corners, these wells proclaim their existence from afar like a shout of welcome. The approach to Bikaner is bleak. The wonder is that men have chosen to live here of have thought it worthwhile to risk their lives to win such a kingdom.
Rao Jodha Rathore of Marwar retrieved the fortunes of this clan and founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459 AD. He had five sons of whom Bikaji was the most lively and enterprising. Bikaner is situated directly on the ancient caravan routes that come from West Central Asia. It was therefore a great center of trade in the ancient world. This gave rise to a curious phenomenon. The fortified city of Bikaner is encircled by imposing battlements and stands on a slight eminence. Its roads undulate through colorful bazaars and the predominant hue of the building is the strong reddish- pink of local sandstone. It is the fourth largest city of Rajasthan.
Bikaner is well known for its School of miniature paintings. The paintings are a fine blend of the Rajput & Mughal styles.
|Area||:||38.10 sq. kms.|
|Climate||:||Hot Summer (28 Min to 41.8 Max C)
Cold Winter (5 Min to 23.2 Max C)
|Season||:||Winter: Oct. - March
Summer: April – June
|Language||:||Rajasthani, Hindi, English|
The nearest airport is Jodhpur, Jaipur & Udaipur lie on the Airlines route that links Delhi& Mumbai. (252 kms)
Most of Rajasthan is accessible by a network of rail services. The Shatabdi Express is an excellent connection to Ajmer via Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, from Delhi. The trains offer vestibuled, chair seating rail. Other places too are linked by passenger & express trains. Since rail journeys are usually long because of the distances involved, it is advisable to carry light snacks & water bottles as most stations enroute do not serve much by way of food.
The State Roadways coaches link most tourist places & business centres link most tourist places & business centres in & around the state. Chauffeur – driven air – conditioned cars can be hired through the State Tourist offices & other approved operators.
The best time visit Bikaner is between Octobre and February. The weather remains very pleasant during this time. The daytime temperature during this time encourages visits to various tourist places to see in Bikaner. The summer months, from March to May, are best to be avoided, as the temperature can easily cross 40° C, which is not conducive for visiting places of attractions in Bikaner.