Bikaner

Welcome to ‘Camel Country. Bikaner is a charming city of reddish-pink forts, sand dunes and colourful attires.

It was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, the second son of the King of Jodhpur. As the second son, he could not inherit Jodhpur or the title of Maharaja. So he built his won kingdom at Bikaner. The city had abundant spring water and served as an oasis on the trade route between Central Asia and the Gujarat coast. In 181, the then King of Bikaner signed a treaty with the British and acknowledged their supremacy. However, in-fighting erupted between the rulers of Bikaner and Jodhpur and was ceased only on British intermediation.

Bikaner is famous for its imposing architecture and delicious snacks. Its intricately carved Jharokas are a big hit with the tourists. These are red sandstone stone screens and are commonly found on the windows of Bikaner’s forts, temples and havelis. As for snacks, savouring Bikaneri Bhujia is a must for any food lover. Made from pulses, spices and edible oil, it has a delicious spicy flavour. Bikaner’s handicrafts are world renowned. It is also a major hub for leather articles as it home to Asia's biggest camel farm.

Bikaner’s culture is every bit as colourful as its history. It is the centre of Usta Art, a unique form of art that involves embossing floral and geometric patterned objects layered with gold. Usta artists are known for their signature miniature paintings as well.

If you happen to be in Bikaner in April, you can join in the Akka Teej celebrations. This was the day when Rao Bika laid the foundation of a new empire. The locals fly kites and enjoy special meals to mark the occasion.

As for the climate, Bikaner’s a scorching and arid. It receives very little rainfall and sees extreme temperatures. In summer, temperatures shoot up to 50 °C and during the winter, they dip to freezing point!

Places of interest:
Junagad Fort – This is one of those rare forts which was never conquered! Built in 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, this fort is encircled by a moat. It houses many magnificent palaces like Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal. All these palaces were made with red sandstone and marble. The many courtyards, balconies, kiosks add to their charm. The fort also has a temple called Har Mandir and a big museum.



Laxmi Niwas Palace – This is the erstwhile residence of Maharaja Ganga Singh. It was designed by British architect Sir Samuel Jacob in 1902. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, this sandstone monument is one of the most popular destinations in Bikaner.

Lalgarh Palace – Built over a long period (1902-1926), this stunning place draws upon Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. Maharaj Ganga Singh built it in the memory of his father. It is made of red sandstone and has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. Though the Bikaner Royal Family still lives in the palace, part of it has been converted to a luxury hotel.

Camel Research Farm – This farm is about 8 kms away from Bikaner. This research and camel breeding centre is the only one of its kind in Asia. It is spread over 2000 acres and is managed by the Central Government. These camels are decorated in colourful finery and displayed in cattle fairs.

Top News

Tuk-tuks gain licence reprieve

Tuk-tuks gain licence reprieve

City Hall has announced it will stop fining tuk-tuk drivers who lack licence plates until the end of the year, but a ban on tuk-tuks driving along Norodom Boulevard is set to remain in place. Full article here...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Biogas fuel for tuk-tuks in Sri Lanka

Biogas fuel for tuk-tuks in Sri Lanka

Tuk-tuk' at the University of Moratuwa burns a fuel that provides completely negligible emissions. By taking the use of gas is cleaner, and a transition from diesel and gasoline to biogas produces less greenhouse gases. More tuk-tuks in Sri-Lanka will now be running on fuel derived from food waste. Full article here...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Uniforms: Auto drivers get 1 month more

Uniforms: Auto drivers get 1 month more

The autorickshaw drivers in the city got another month's time to get their uniforms ready, which were made mandatory by the traffic police and the regional transport authority (RTA). However, wearing of badges is compulsory for every auto driver from December 1. This decision was announced by the traffic department of the city ...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Autos fleece passengers

Autos fleece passengers

Faced with the clampdown on overloading and imposition of the three plus one (driver) norm, autorickshaws in the city seem to have turned to fleecing passengers in the name of compensating their fare loss. Full article here...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Cops crack whip on illegal autos

Cops crack whip on illegal autos

17 offenders nabbed operating rickshaws without valid permits The traffic department has finally started cracking the whip on erring auto rickshaws that overcharge and refuse fares across the city. As part of the initial leg of the drive across the city, traffic cops have booked around 17 rickshaw drivers and owners operating ...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Five solar rickshaws to go on-road

Five solar rickshaws to go on-road

The municipal corporation here has shortlisted five rickshaw pullers of the city for allotting them solar-cum-battery operated rickshaws. These will be allotted on Wednesday at a formal ceremony. A total of 10 solar rickshaws will be launched, though five more pullers are yet to shortlisted by the civic body, which is the nodal...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  2
A good looking new tuk-tuk

A good looking new tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk's are all over but we never use them. I hate the bargaining hassle with their drivers. Bargaining, in my opinion, is a waste of time and energy. Full article here...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
tuktuk - Bangkok, city of angels

tuktuk - Bangkok, city of angels

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‘Not a single legal auto stand in national capital’

‘Not a single legal auto stand in national capital’

This is hard to believe, but there is not a single legally authorised stand for the 55,000-odd auto rickshaws registered in the capital, says a suit filed by an NGO that is working to improve the lives of auto rickshaw drivers. Full article here...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
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