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Bikaner

Citadel of Culture and Camels

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  • General Information

    District: Bikaner, State: Rajasthan, India
    Area: 38 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Rajasthani, Hindi, English.
    Long Distance Code: +91-151
    Importance: Karni devi temple where rats are treated as pets
    Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Description

    Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore prince, Rao Bhikaji, established his kingdom here. He was the descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459) A.D. Rao Jodhaji. Rao Jodhaji had five sons and Bhikaji proved to be the most enterprising amongst them. He chose a barren wilderness to transform it into an impressive city called Bikaner.<br />Ever since the foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian union, Bikaner has always played an important role in the history of the country. Bikaner has produced several able generals and warriors and distinguished rulers. The most important of them was Akbar's general Raja Rai Singhji. Raja Anup Singh's tenure, who ascended the throne in 1669A.D, has been described as the golden time of Bikaner's fame and valor.<br />
  • Location

    Bikaner, heart of west Rajasthan is known as the 'Tapo bhoomi' of great sages and saints, since pre-historic times. The holy rivers of Saraswati and Drishadwati used to flow in this region. Archaeologists believe that the great Indian desert, of which Bikaner is a part, was once an ocean. A belief which stands substantiated by the presence of sedimentary layers of various kinds of the precious clay, bajri etc. in the holy Kolayat area55 kms away from Bikaner.
Junagarh FortThis fort was built between1588-1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, a general in army of Mughal emperor Akbar. The Suraj pol is the main entrance to this fort. The palaces are on the southern side of the fort and courtyards, balconies and windows.\r\nThe major feature of the Junagarh fort is the excellent quality of stone carving, best in the world. The Chandra Mahal or the moon palace is beautiful with paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels. The phool mahal or the flower palace is decorated with glass and mirrors. The Karan mahal was built to commemorate the victory over Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Anup Mahal is famous for its gold leaf painting.\r\n
Lalgarh PalaceThe architectural masterpiece in red sand stone, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881-1942A.D.) in the memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, this palace has large halls, pavilions, lounges and couplas. It has magnificent pillars, richly carved fire mantles, Italian colonnades and motif of lotus in full bloom. Walls of the palace are reminiscent of the past vintage etchings, hunting trophies and old portraits. The palace has its own museum and library that is the fourth largest in the world. The royal family still lives in part of the palace.
Gajner PalaceGajner palace was summer resort of the Maharajas of Bikaner and is often referred to as the incomparable jewel in the Thar desert. The beautiful paace stands on lake. Built by Ganga Singh of Bikaner, the palace was used for grand shoots and lavish entertainments by the Maharaja. Indian and foreign royalties, Viceroys and other dignitaries have been entertained here. The amazing craftsmanship with intricately carved pillars, charkas and screens leaves one awestruck. It is surrounded by beautiful sanctuary which provides shelter to chinkaras, black bucks, Nilgai and flocks of imperial sand grouse. A part of the palace is converted into hotel.
Ganga Golden Jubilee MuseumThis museum has the richest collections of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature paintings of Bikaner school and coins. The exhibits are splendid masterpieces of the Harrapan civilization, Gupta and Kushan era and sculptures of the late classical time.
KalibanganThe extensive remains of the pre-Harrapan and the Harrapan civilization in the Hanumangarh district are of immense importance and interesting. They are also the very important for archaeologists.
Deshnok's Karni Mata TempleThis 600 year old famous temple on the Jodhpur highway is dedicated to mata Karni, a form of Goddess Durga. The temple has huge intricately carved silver gates donated by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The interesting thing about the temple is the rats roaming freely around. They are fed by the priests and the devotees, owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men.
Camel Breeding FarmThe camel is an important animal component of the fragile desert eco-system. With its unique bio-physiological characteristics, the camel has become an icon of adaptation to challenging ways of living in arid and semi-arid regions. The proverbial Ship of Desert earned its epithet on account of its indispensability as a mode of transportation and draught power in desert but the utilities are many and are subject to continuous social and economic changes. The camel has played a significant role in civil law and order, defense and battles from the ancient times till date. The world famous Ganga-Risala of erstwhile Bikaner State was accepted as Imperial Service Troup and participated in World War I and II. The camel helped the engineers while constructing the Indira Gandhi Canal in Western part of Rajasthan. Presently, the camel corps constitutes an important wing of Border Security Force of Indian Para-Military Services.
Considering the importance of camel in the socio-economic development of arid and semi-arid zones, the Government of India established a Project Directorate on Camel at Bikaner (India) on 5th July 1984 under aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was upgraded to National Research Center on Camel (NRCC) on September 20, 1995.

Timings: 1500-1700Hrs
Wonderful Rajasthan with Golden Triangle (MEX) / PC-532 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Rajasthan in the local language means the land of Kings, which Rajathsn actually was once. Now the largest state of India, Rajasthan was dotted with small and big kingdoms all around. The Kings here built beautiful palaces and massive forts as per their needs. Even the traders and the local people of Rajasthan built houses which are worth watching. This fascinating tour will take you to the most exciting of the places in Rajasthan. Combined with Delhi and Agra, it becomes an awesome combination.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi-Agra
Day 3 : Agra - Jaipur
Day 4 : Jaipur
Day 5 : Jaipur-Mandawa
Day 6 : Mandawa-Bikaner
Day 7 : Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Day 8 : Jaisalmer
Day 9 : Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
Day 10 : Jodhpur-Udaipur
Day 11 : Udaipur
Day 12 : Udaipur-Delhi
Day 13 : Delhi
Royal Rajasthan

Royal Rajasthan
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

 85870
Royal Rajasthan / PC-642 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Rajasthan, the largest state In India areawise, was formed by merging 22 princely states and centrally administered areas of Ajmer and Mewar. Rarely would you find such diversity in people, customs , cultures, costumes, music, mannerism, dialect and cuisine as you travel through this colorful state. Geologists have traced the origin of this wonderland to the stone ages. Its ruins, relics and history speaks of the vicissitudes through which it has gone through over centuries filled with moments of glory and turbulent past. Rajasthan as a tourist destination offers a wide and varied spectrum of interesting locations, from the grandeur of its forts, palaces, Temples and havelis to the scenic beauty of lakes surrounded by the Aravali ranges to the awesome sand dunes of the vast Desert.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi-Mandawa
Day 4 : Mandawa-Bikaner
Day 5 : Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Day 6 : Jaisalmer
Day 7 : Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
Day 8 : Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur
Day 9 : Udaipur
Day 10 : Udaipur-Pushkar
Day 11 : Pushkar-Jaipur
Day 12 : Jaipur
Day 13 : Jaipur-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra
Day 14 : Agra-Delhi
Colourful India Tour

Colourful India Tour
(11 Days / 10 Nights)

On Request
Colourful India Tour / PC-572 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
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Discover the varied hues of Indian culture with this short trip to some of the most celebrated fair grounds of India. These grounds play host to thousands of worshippers every year and have an important role in the Indian mythology and legends.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi-Pushkar
Day 3 : Pushkar
Day 4 : Pushkar-Bikaner
Day 5 : Bikaner-Kolayat-Bikaner
Day 6 : Bikaner-Kolayat-Bikaner
Day 7 : Bikaner-Jaipur
Day 8 : Jaipur-Kota
Day 9 : Kota-Chandrabhaga-Kota
Day 10 : Kota-Chandrabhaga-Kota
Day 11 : Kota-Delhi
Camel Safari Tour

Camel Safari Tour
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
Camel Safari Tour / PI-0323 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Passing through some of the most magnificent sand dunes, temples and remote villages, this camel safari tour in Rajasthan gives you a real India adventure you would be hardly forget in a hurry. The yellow sandstone walls of the exquisitely carved buildings in the narrow streets of villages impart a whole medieval feel to the tour. Though this tour package is valid only from the month of October to March, the experience is well worth the wait.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Jaisalmer
Day 3 : Jaisalmer
Day 4 : Jaisalmer - Ramdevra - Biramdevra
Day 5 : Biramdevra - Modon ki Dhani
Day 6 : Modon ki Dhani - Lordia - Jambha
Day 7 : Jambha - Ajasar - Ahu
Day 8 : Ahu - Anopsar - Gantiyali
Day 9 : Gantiyali - Bungri - Chakhu
Day 10 : Chakhu - Ruina - Chimana
Day 11 : Chimana - Beldaron ki Dhani - Deshnok - Bikaner
Day 12 : Bikaner
Day 13 : Bikaner - Jaipur
Day 14 : Jaipur - Delhi
North India Safari

North India Safari
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
North India Safari / PI-0325 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Jaisalmer
Day 3 : Jaisalmer
Day 4 : Jaisalmer - Ramdevra - Biramdevra
Day 5 : Biramdevra - Modon ki Dhani
Day 6 : Modon ki Dhani - Lordia - Jambha
Day 7 : Jambha - Ajasar - Ahu
Day 8 : Ahu - Anopsar - Gantiyali
Day 9 : Gantiyali - Bungri - Chakhu
Day 10 : Chakhu - Ruina - Chimana
Day 11 : Chimana - Beldaron ki Dhani - Deshnok - Bikaner
Day 12 : Bikaner
Day 13 : Bikaner - Jaipur
Day 14 : Jaipur - Delhi
Forts, Haveli, Palaces & Monasteries Tour with Bhutan / PI-0436 (22 Days / 21 Nights)
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In addition to being the place of several historical incidents and events, India is also a land of spiritualism with the country being home to several important pilgrimage centers from various religions. Of these, Buddhism is an important one. This tour takes you across the medieval palaces and forts of the country followed by several ancient Buddhist monasteries.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Mandawa
Day 3 : Mandawa - Bikaner
Day 4 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Day 5 : Jaisalmer
Day 6 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Luni
Day 7 : Luni - Udaipur
Day 8 : Udaipur
Day 9 : Udaipur - Deogarh
Day 10 : Deogarh - Jaipur
Day 11 : Jaipur
Day 12 : Jaipur - Agra
Day 13 : Agra
Day 14 : Delhi - Bagdogra
Day 15 : Darjeeling
Day 16 : Darjeeling - Pelling
Day 17 : Pelling - Gangtok
Day 18 : Gangtok - Phuntsoling
Day 19 : Phuntsoling - Thimphu
Day 20 : Thimphu
Day 21 : Thimphu - Paro
Day 22 : Paro - Delhi

Bikaner, India Tours

RAJVILAS PALACE
3 Star
Bikaner, India
 2566
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DESERT WINDS
1 Star
Bikaner, India
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MARUDYAN RESORT
0 Star
Bikaner, India
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SHIVA'S REGENCY
3 Star
Bikaner, India
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Bhanwar Niwas
4 Star
Bikaner, India
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GAJ KESRI
3 Star
Bikaner, India
 2854
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HARASAR HAVELI
3 Star
Bikaner, India
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BASANT VIHAR PALACE
1 Star
Bikaner, India
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SAGAR HOTEL
2 Star
Bikaner, India
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HERITAGE RESORT
4 Star
Bikaner, India
 3649
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KARNI BHAWAN
0 Star
Bikaner, India
 4577
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GAJNER PALACE
3 Star
Bikaner, India
 5343
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LAXMI NIWAS PALACE
5 Star
Bikaner, India
 4485
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LALLGARH PALACE
3 Star
Bikaner, India
 5175
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