Bikaner is a city located in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan. The city was founded by Rao Bika, the son of Rao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur, in 1486 and is now the fifth largest city in Rajasthan. Prior to its formation in the 15th century, it was an abandoned land known as Jangladesh. It is believed that the area which Rao Bika chose as his capital belonged to a Nehra Jat named Naira or Nera who agreed to surrender his property in one condition that his name be associated with it, thus the name ‘Bikaner’. Rao Bika also built a fort in 1478 in the then princely state of Bikaner which eventually demolished and is non-existent today. The city of Bikaner is situated amidst the Thar Desert and thus sees a hot desert climate in summers (up to 47 degree Celsius) and really cold weather in winters (up to -2.7 degree Celsius).
Let’s take a look at some of the interesting sights in Bikaner:
The city of Bikaner celebrates a grand Camel Festival every year around in late December or January. It is a three day event of which one day takes place at the Karni Singh Stadium and the remaining two days take place at Ladera. The festival provides an in-depth insight in the cultural aspect of the city of Bikaner and also makes for a nice photography opportunity.
Bikaner is connected with the nearby cities via trains and buses. Daily buses operate between Delhi, Deshnok, Fatehpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar and the city. Likewise, Bikaner is connected to Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Delhi via trains.