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     Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 AD when a Rajput prince Rao Bika ji a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD)., Rao Jodha Ji established his kingdom here. Bika Ji chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped it into an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name. Archeological surveys and excavations have established beyond doubt that civilization flourished here even before the Harappa period . Excavated statues, coins and carvings of stones and clay stands as testimony to this fact.

Ever since the foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian Union in 1947 A.D. and there after it's integration in Rajasthan state in 30-3-1949 A.D., Bikaner has played a notable role in the history of the country. Bikaner state has produced several able Generals and warriors and distinguished Rulers and just to name of few Raja Rai Singh Ji-One of Akbar's most distinguished Generals. Another famous name is Raja Anup Singh who ascended the throne in AD 1669 a scholar and warrior. His period has been described as "the golden time of Bikaner valor and fame".

In the modern period Bikaner produced the most outstanding Ruler, namely Maharaja Ganga Singh who ruled for 56 years. He was  a strong and able ruler who renovated the traditional administration, modernized the army, separated the judiciary from the executive, constructed the famous "Gang Canal" and provided a number of welfare schemes, hospitals. His son and successor Maharaja Sardul Singh, who ascended the throne in  A.D. 1943, played a conspicuous role in the merger of the princely states in the Indian Union. His Nationalistic outlook shall ever be remembered by the citizens of Bikaner. His son Dr. Karni Singh made a mark in Indian politics and in the field of sports. Ever since 1952 General Elections he had been elected as member of Parliament continuously for five terms. He attained international fame in shooting arena.

At present the city is developing fast into an industrial and tourism center.

The royal fortified city with a timeless appeal . Lying in the north of the desert state , the city is dotted with many sand dunes . Bikaner retains the medieval splendour that  pervades the city’s lifestyle . More popularly called the camel  country , the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world . The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here . Be it pulling heavy carts transporting grains or working on wells , camels are the prime helpers . The wells of Bikaner – an  important source of water are other attractions of the city . These are built on high plinths with slender minareted towers on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance .

Bikaner’s history dates back to 1488 A.D. when a Rathore Prince , Rao Bikaji a desendent his kingdom  here .Rao Jodhaji had five sons but Rao Bikaji was the  most enterprising of them . Bikaji chose a barren  wilderness called , “Jangladesh” and transformed it to an impressive city , called bikaner after the founder’s name .

The  Stratigic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from West /Central Asia . Made it a prime trade center in the times of the Yore . Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates . The magnificent forts and palaces , created with delicacy in reddish –pink sandstone , bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy . Undulating lanes , colourful bazzars and bright and cheerful folks make Bikaner and interesting experience .

How to reach Bikaner  
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Bikaner is connected to all the major Indian cities by train. Buses, taxis and other coaches are available from Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and all the other major cities.

Bikaner lies in the north-western part of Rajasthan state of India. This desert city has a stark beauty which is totally unique. The wide-spread sand dunes, the moonlit glittering beauty and desert agility, the worth-seeing natural sites, the marvelous palaces and temples, wild life sanctuaries and archeological treasures all combine to make this city a place of lasting charm and permanent attraction.
Famous all over the world for it's sweets and namkeens (bhujia), the city offers over 500 years old culture and heritage, the very feel of Rajasthan.

General Information

Area:          27,000 sq. kms
Altitude:      237 meters
Climate:      Max ºC  Min. ºC
Summer:      48           28
Winter:        22            4 
Rainfall:       26-46 cm.
Best season:Oct-March
 

How to get here

Bikaner is well connected with rail and road network with all major cities of the country. Nearby airports are Jodhpur (254 kms) and Sanganer airport Jaipur(325 kms). 
It has direct trains from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jammu, Chandigarh etc.
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Distance from major cities in kms

 
Delhi      494            Jaipur  324
Jodhpur  278            Jaisalmer  315
Agra      560            Udaipur    625
Ajmer     325            Chandigarh 594

  What to see

Architectural wealth of Bikaner lies in its forts, palaces and temples. Areas of interest are Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Karni Mata temple (Deshnok),
Kolayat, Kodamdesar, Bhandasar Jain temple .

Festive Fun:
Delve into the local festivals and fairs and see the  customs, cultures and heritage preserved over a period of 500 years. These add a great value in tourism in the city.
Camel Festival    :        2nd week of January 
Gangaur Festival :       April
Kolayat Fair       :        November
Holi                  :        March     

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