When you think of going to Rajasthan the major cities which come to the usual mind is Jaipur, Jaisalmer or Udaipur, but guess what here we have the unsung hero in the name of Bikaner.
It is a city filled with its own unique identity and colors, which will be inevitable as soon as you enter the city from its unique railway station. The bustling streets and the legendary bikaneri bhujia will be everywhere around you in Bikaner. While wandering through the city you will finally be satisfied by visiting a place which has not been tourism commercialized.
But the long history of trade and business culture of Bikaner is somewhat working against the city. The Havelis are now being abandoned, thus the old charm is slowly fading away. Still, the town still carries a lot within itself and looking back at my trip, it is probably my favorite place which I will revisit in Rajasthan.
Best Time to Visit
Bikaner is a town which is still untouched by tourist thus there is no pressure of getting stuck in tourist traffic. So any time of the year the place will be quiet but because of the extreme weather, you will have to choose the destination in the correct season.
Bikaner is close or inside the desert region of Rajasthan. Hence the first season to completely avoid is Summer Season from March to June. The average temperature during this time is 45-degree celsius which is then combined with dust storms make up for horrible weather to experience.
The Monsoon Season in Bikaner is unpredictable. Sometimes the region doesn’t receive rainfall over a year but then there are chances of heavy rains with hailstorms as well. There is one certainty of having humid weather which may get you uncomfortable while wandering outside. The season will last from July to September. The advantage of visiting in monsoon season is that the prices of luxury villas and palaces are much cheaper in comparison to other times of the year.
Then there comes the season with which all of you are familiar i.e. Winter Season. The best time to visit Bikaner is during this season only. As I have mentioned 50 times by now that there is no headache of peak season in Bikaner so you can chill around even when the whole Rajasthan is taken over by tourists. The evenings are much more relaxed during this time and the sun is bearable while wandering in the town. Camel Festival is also held during the winter season in January, which is a great alternative to Pushkar Camel Fair. It is also the ideal time to visit the desert as well. The seasons ranges from November to February.
I also visited Bikaner in December itself, with the quest of exploring the new city in Rajasthan, and left with a big smile on my face with many reasons to visit the colorful city of Bikaner again.
1. Exotic Rampuria Havelis Bikaner
You can’t enter the Havelis but an early morning visit to these Havelis will give you a much rather enchantment and the color of these havelis will paint your eyes with the blue, golden and red colour of its Gates.
Therefore visit Rampuria Havelis during the morning before 8 o’ clock to wander in the silence before the storm. It is located in the old Bikaner right beside the main market.
2. Say Hy! to more than 300 camels in NRCC
As soon as you put your foot in the National Research Center on Camel you will be surprised by the number of camels in front of you.
NRCC was established in 1995 after completing a successful project on camels in 1988. The research center is responsible for studying Camels as they are one of the most important part of the fragile eco-system. It is also an important breeding farm for camels. The research center is currently extending its research to double-humped camels found in the cold desert of Nubra Valley.
They have 4 kinds of camels and an increasing count of more than 400. The place is special for people who want to learn more about these amazing animals.
Read my blog on National research center on Camels Bikaner to find all of the information before visiting the place.
3. Exquisite Junagadh Fort
Junagadh Fort is one of my favorite forts to visit in Rajasthan. The fort is well preserved in terms of its architecture, color, and the museum of weapons. The staff has maintained it pretty well and additionally, you get a free guide who will tell you all about its history of rulers, and importance.
This fort of Bikaner was constructed back in 1594 and now the whole city of Bikaner has been developed around it. One of the most beautiful forts of India, Junagadh has some of its own specialties such as Mesmerizing wall Carvings, Amazing weapon collection and Grand Diwan -e-Khas. It has a semi-western architecture as well.
The museum inside the fort has all the information of Rajput warriors and the weapons they used in battles. It has exquisite painting and jewels preserved as well.
Junagadh Fort is like no other fort in India and has locked me by its beauty for long-lasting memory.
4. Walk carefully at Karni Mata Temple or Rat Temple
Karni Mata Temple also known as “Rat Temple”, is widely famous among tourists around the world. It is held as a go-to place in Bikaner. The obvious attractions of the temple are rats. There are about 25,000 rats who are living in the premises of the temple. The rats are known as kabbas, held high in the eyes of devotees. These rats are fed, protected, and worshipped by devotees of the temple.
The temple is dedicated to Mata Karni, who is a reincarnation of Goddess Durga.
There are rats everywhere around the temple, like everywhere! They will be running all around you and you can even touch them. If you are unsatisfied with this much, then you can go ahead and eat with rats because it is considered as a holy activity to practice.
Read my blog on Rat Temple or Karni Mata Temple Bikaner to get all the interesting facts, and information before visiting the temple.
5. Food of Bikaner
If you are an Indian you probably know about the famous Bikanervala right around the next red light of your house and that Bikanervala originated from Bikaner itself. Bikaner is famous for its Bhujia and it is the most important thing to eat here. You will find great Bikaneri Bhujia in the main bazaar in the old city near Junagadh.
The amazing food in Bikaner can be enjoyed right from the railway station by visiting Chotu Motu Joshi, where you get fabulous Kachori, Jalebi, and Rabri.
Crunchy Kachoris, Tasty Sharbat and luscious Rasgullas are some of the highlights of Bikaner.
If you are a budget traveller like me then you are probably glad to read this right now that Bikaner is one of the most budget-friendly places in Rajasthan. The cost of sightseeing is also cheaper in comparison to other attractions in Rajasthan.
With the availability of Tuk-Tuk and cheap
7. Maintaining its old Charm
The biggest reason to travel to Bikaner is the way it has stopped from getting itself commercialized like Jaipur or Udaipur.
You will still feel the scent of old Bikaner when you roll around the city. Early morning walks will tackle you with decade-old chai and bhujia shops where all the nearby residents come and chill around. Even a conversation with the people will show you that Bikaner hasn’t lost its charm and it will not lose it in the foreseeable future.
So with these reasons your trip to Bikaner will be a remarkable one and will leave you with your own reasons to visit here again and again.
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