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

Malabar Rampage 2018: Chilling in Kochin

Malabar Rampage 2018: Chilling in Kochin

Day 4 of the Malabar Rampage wasn't too strenuous. After three busy days, on Day 4 the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge slowed down. It was a short drive from Alleppey to Kochin, so teams had plenty time to do sightseeing, or just relax in the pool...   Houseboat Hunting An easy to challenge to start off w...
10 Apr, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Holy Cow!

Malabar Rampage 2018: Holy Cow!

On Malabar Rampage Day 3, teams had to make chai, seek out holy cows... and find fuel!   After a great first two days in Trivandrum, on Day 3 the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge hit the road. There were challenges to complete, not least travelling the 150 or so kilometers to Alappuzha. It was an eventful day, b...
9 Apr, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Ticket to the Temple

Malabar Rampage 2018: Ticket to the Temple

  Day 2 was a relaxed day, which gave teams a chance to explore Trivandrum. After a busy first day, Day 2 on the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge 2018 was a chance for participants to relax, see some of Trivandrum's most famous spots, and prepare for the week ahead. There were a couple of challenges to complete...
8 Apr, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Training Day!

Malabar Rampage 2018: Training Day!

  The Malabar Rampage 2018 has begun. It doesn't seem long since the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge 2017, now a whole year ago. This Rickshaw Challenge is always one of the most popular (understandably so, in such an incredible area of the country) and the three months since the Classic Run couldn't pass quic...
8 Apr, 2018 by David 
Tuk Tuk The Movie

Tuk Tuk The Movie

Tuk Tuk The Movie will tell the story of girls' education in India. You may remember that a little over a year ago there was a special Rickshaw Challenge, outside the ordinary schedule. It was known as the FFLV Tuk Tuk Challenge Charity Rally, and covered a route from Mumbai all the way down to Kanyakumari, India's sout...
12 Mar, 2018 by David 
The Malabar Rampage: What

The Malabar Rampage: What's Changed and What's the Same

The Malabar Rampage 2018 begins in less than a month!   We can't believe it's almost been a year since the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge 2017. We had a great time, and we're sure the Malabar Rampage 2018 will be just as much fun! The event will be almost exactly the same visiting the same states and all the ...
11 Mar, 2018 by David 
The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 2)

The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 2)

More of our favourite Classic Run moments.   It turned out that one blog celebrating our the best of the Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge just wasn't enough! We already looked back at training, crazy costumes, and making friend on the road. But there's a lot more to the Classic Run than that! Here are some of our...
26 Feb, 2018 by David 
The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 1)

The Best of the Classic Run 2018 (Part 1)

The Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge 2018 was a great success!     We can't believe it's already been a month since the end of the Classic Run Rickshaw Challenge 2018. It's always a great way to start the year, and this event was as good as ever. With two months till the next Rickshaw Challenge (the Malabar...
13 Feb, 2018 by David 
Classic Run 2018: Makeover Challenge

Classic Run 2018: Makeover Challenge

Teams used all their creativity to "pimp" their 'shaws.     The Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2018 is over and all we're left with is fantastic memories -- but, luckily, there are lots of memories still left to share! One popular part of the Classic Run is the makeover challenge, when teams have a chance...
4 Feb, 2018 by David 
The Top 10 Craziest Things to Happen on the Rickshaw Challenge

The Top 10 Craziest Things to Happen on the Rickshaw Challenge

The GamingZion Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015 was a fiesta of non-stop crazy, but to break things down into a more distilled form of craziness here are our top 10 nutty moments from this year’s event. 10. Driving India in wacky costumes   From Santa Claus to superheroes, from pirates to the Super Mario Brot...
24 Jan, 2018 by Jennifer Walker 
Page 1 of 9112345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤