Bikaner - The Camel Country
The appearance of Bikaner city might be a dust-covered desert town with outposts and a cliché cow-boy town look. However, the sophistication and culture of the land are far more interesting and intriguing that its appearance. This is one of the busy tourist destinations in Rajasthan, famous for desert activities and a laid-back effect when compared to the hustle of Jaisalmer. The next-best beauty of Bikaner is the exotic culture of the land with a rich link to spiritual heritage.
Starting from attire to their style of dining, every element of their lifestyle has not fluctuated too much from the traditional ways. This culture adds the color to the other-wise sepia-mode Bikaner.
Top Luxury Trains Covering Bikaner
Maharajas’ Express Train
- Heritage of India : On Day Four, Train reaches Bikaner by 10:00 am in the morning.
- Indian Splendor : On Day Four, In the Morning, visitors will be taken for Bikaner city tour.
Highlights of Bikaner in Luxury Train Tour
City tour covering Lalgarh museum, Junagarh fort, and others.
Sand dunes visit and desert-related tourism activities.
Enjoying cultural activities like folk dance.
Traditional barbeque dinner and cocktails.
Specialty of Bikaner
Basic architecture of Bikaner can be witnessed in the temples, forts, and gardens, which were built during the Rajput reign. Since the city is located near the Thar Desert, the common building material is red sandstone. The royals used floral patterns and carvings to create a unique look to their structures. The non-royal rich people of ancient Bikaner used ornamented styled architecture.
The tombs of the land are built with geometric patterns, similar to Mughal and Persian style architecture along with pillared architecture, which is a primitive element of the Hindu style of architecture. Top structures to visit in Bikaner are Goga Gate, Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh Fort, Gajner Palace, and others.
Bikaner is one of the lesser-known pilgrimage destinations. The place is famous for its unique list of temples, which were erected during different centuries by different empires. Bikaner kings have the tradition of looting the main deity of any reign that they capture.
After bringing the statue, a temple is erected in their lands, as a reminder of their victory. Top temples to visit in Bikaner are Shiv Bari temple, Laxminath Temple, Bhandashah Jain temple, Sri Kolayatji temple, Nagnechiji temple, and others.
Although a desert region, wildlife attraction is one of the highlights of Bikaner’s tourism elements. A little outside the town of Bikaner, the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is located. This region is famous for many local animals like desert fox, blackbuck, wild fowl, chinkara, wild boar and others. A few migratory bird species choose Bikaner for their winter visit.
Bikaner is a very dry place, where vegetation is quite scarce. Thus, the cuisine of the land revolves around animal-based ingredients like milk, meat, and others. Buttermilk is the top beverage of the region and butter is very generously used in the dishes to make it moist. Dried lentils and corn are the staple ingredients. The top dishes to try here are Bhujia, samosa, pakodi, rabri, kachori, papad, and others.
Most of the festivals in Bikaner are related to temples and fairs, which are conducted in temple grounds. Apart from these, the iconic festival of the land is the Camel Festival. Other top festivals to explore are Karni Mata temple fair, Kapil Muni Fair, Gangaur Fair, Kite festival and others.
Religion and celebrations related to the spiritual elements are the main parameters of Bikaner’s culture. Camel is an important participator of trade, religious activities and social status of the locals and thus, camel is considered as an important fragment of the culture. Carpet weaving, jewelry making, and folk music are some of the art and craft works of the land.
Miniature painting, carpets, and Meenakari jewels are excellent souvenirs to buy from Bikaner. Other top items in the markets of Bikaner are camel skin articles, leather articles, brass items, musical instruments, puppets, fabrics, and others.
Climate of the land
Due to its proximity to the Thar Desert, the land has extreme climates. The summers are very hot and the winters are very cold. Summer starts in March and ends in June. The temperature can go as high as 48 degrees C. Although the region is extremely hot during summer, the humidity is low.
Fortunately, most of the luxury trains do not run during the peak summer season. July to September is the monsoon season. The land does not receive heavy rainfall. The temperature does not fall down considerably during the monsoon season. November starts the winter season and the temperature becomes pleasing during the day and very cold during the night. The temperature can go as low as 4 degrees C during the night.
No matter when you visit Bikaner, it is best to wear cotton clothing during the day and slightly thicker clothing during the night.