Bikaner ancient caravan city of Rajasthan preserves unaltered the medieval atmosphere and is gathered around the high walls at the limits of the Thar desert.
Bikaner, like other caravan cities of Rajasthan, was destined to see its power and prosperity progressively vanish with the development of railways and ports in the western Indian coastal area.
The old city preserves the medieval atmosphere unaltered and is gathered around the high walls, full of beautiful havelis, the palaces of merchants, temples and bazaars.
Despite all the fairytale wonders offered by the city, curiously in recent decades Bikaner has received international notoriety mainly reflected by another location, located about 30 km and called Deshnoke: this is where the famous Temple of the Mice, Karni Mata, that much interest and horror seems to arouse in foreign visitors.
An interesting fair of cattle that takes place in Bikaner generally in the month of Pausha, between December and January, could in itself be an excellent opportunity to reach this remote caravan city.
What to see in Bikaner
The Junagarh Fort, one of the best examples of Indian architectural mediation between military fortress and sumptuous palace, preserves within its mighty walls humble buildings, replaced by the original buildings, added or expanded by the rulers in the following four centuries, but all witnesses of the constant patronage of the arts and high craftsmanship generously proportioned over time by the family, who did not hesitate to summon masters from all over the Hindustan, who left so many traces of artistic styles and schools.
Temple of Karni Mata
Karni Mata Temple is probably one of the most popular places to visit in Bikaner. This temple is known for its considerable population of mice that are permanent residents.
Dating back to the 15th century, this temple is dedicated to Karni Mata who was the incarnation of the Goddess Durga. Legend has it that when Karni Mata's son died, he asked Yama to restore his son's life, but Yama refused.
Thus, Karni Mata, being the incarnation of the Goddess, gives back her son's life and declares that from now on her family would not face death but would be reincarnated in the form of rats.
Today, there are about 20,000 rats living in the temple premises and without doubt attracting the attention of many travelers.
National Research Center on Camel
The National Camel Research Center is more a breeding, which has about 230 camels of 3 different races. The center is located about 8 km from Bikaner and is open for visitors between 14.30 and 17.00.
The small museum and the camel ride make this place particularly special for visitors.
Camel safari on the dunes of the Thar desert
Since Bikaner is in the immediate vicinity of the great Thar desert, going on a desert safari is the most obvious thing to do in Bikaner. There are jeeps and camels available for safari on the sand dunes. You can choose the duration of the safari, even the chance to camp in the desert and attend popular dance and music. Depending on the duration of the safari, you can see different destinations such as Raisar, Khichan, Balakaya Dhora and Phlodi.
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Golden Triangle with Classic Rajasthan
Tour 20 Days / 19 Nights
With the Golden Triangle and Classic Rajasthan tour you will visit the main attractions of Rajashan and the Golden Triangle in India discover the forts and historic cities of India and include a Jeep Safari in Ranthambore Park and a camel trek throug
Golden Rajasthan Tour
Tour 9 Days / 8 Nights
With Golden Rajasthan tour with private driver you can discover the main attractions in Rajasthan: Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur. You will discover the ancient culture and traditions of India.
Classic Rajasthan tour
Tour 14 Days / 13 Nights
Rajasthan Classic tour to discover the famous indian cities in Rajasthan as Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Mandawa.
Exotic Rajasthan Tour
Tour 13 Days / 12 Nights
Exotic Rajasthan tour with driver for discover the best of Rajasthan: Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Monte Abu, Jodhpur, Jaislamer, Bikaner and Mandawa
Rajasthan Tour with Varanasi
Tour 15 Days / 14 Nights
Tour with driver in Rajasthan and visit of Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkatr, Jaipur, Agra and extension to Varanasi
Perfect Rajasthan with Varanasi
Tour 22 Days / 21 Nights
Perfect Rajasthan tour allows you to visit all the most famous attractions of Rajasthan with extensions of the tour to Varanasi by train from Agra
Rajasthan village tour
Tour 20 Days / 19 Nights
Our Rajasthan Village Tour will give you the chance to discover the most beautiful attractions in Rajasthan and explore the culture of the ancient Indian villages.
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Often referred to as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is known as the centre for performing arts and crafts in Rajasthan
Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination is also known as Blue City because many houses in old city are colour blue.
Jaipur is Rajasthan’s biggest city also kwow as the Pink City due to the distinct color of its buildings,
Jaisalmer, the desert city, is also called the Golden city thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone
Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most famous National Parks in India where you can see the tigers.
Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan is famous for its magnificent monuments royal chhatris and glorious palaces.
Ranakpur seen from a distance looks like a green spot with the hills woven one inside the other that preserve the beautifully carved temple of Chaturmukha Adinath Temple.
Capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, Chittorgarh is located on the banks of river Gambhiri in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan.
The city of Ajmer gets its name from Ajay Meru. Roughly translated, it means ‘invincible hills.
Pushkar is different from any other city in Rajasthan is a magnetic spot and Hindu pilgrimage destination.
Mandawa is a small town located in the heart of the Shekhawati region, in Rajasthan, famous in India for the type of fort and haveli
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Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan located 475 km from Jaipur
Abhaneri is a recommended stop on the way from Agra to Jaipur, a small village famous for the Chand Baori, a spectacular stairwell.
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