Touring Bikaner in One Day

Can't miss Banhandasar Jain Temple on Bikaner tour

Among the most toured and well-known places of Rajasthan, Bikaner features in the list of potential tourist destinations. Placed close to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, the city has several activities and places to indulge in. So here is an account of touring Bikaner in one day and making the most out of your short holiday.

Junagarh Fort: Magnificence At Par

Junagarh fort while touring Bikaner in one day
Imagine walking down this romantic place in Junagarh Fort

A popular location for film shoots, Junagarh Fort is the only non-hill fort in Rajasthan. Majestic and magnificent, the fort has preserved the historical artifacts with much care. From gold-plated walls and weapon rooms to royal assembly halls and an air-craft collection, Junagarh fort is home to Bikaner’s long history. In fact, this is the first place that tourists are suggested to visit.

Where: Junagarh Fort Fort (New Bikaner)

How to reach: Hire an auto, taxi or hop onto a bus. You can also drive in. The motor-able roads are in good condition.

Entry fee: Rs 50 for Indians.

Rampuriya Havelis: The Heritage of Bikaner

Bikaner's Iconic red Rampuria Haveli
The Iconic Rampuria Haveli

The rich merchants of Bikaner had beautiful homes to themselves known as the Rampuriya Havelis. These spacious houses with colorful glass panes, intricate carvings, and vintage designs on the exterior draw tourists to indulge in their rich history. Eventually, the havelis were placed under the protection of the Government of Rajasthan. Nonetheless, the abandoned havelis stand tall in the alleys of Old Bikaner withstanding the weather of time and shining in full glory. It is an extravagant treat to the eyes and highly recommended while touring Bikaner in one day.

The royal lanes in old Bikaner
The royal lanes through the Rampuriya Havelis

Where: Old part of Bikaner city, 2 km from Bikaner Railway Station

How to reach: One can easily reach the place via auto or taxi. If your hotel is close by in the oldĀ BikanerĀ city, you might as well walk.

Entry fee: None

Bikaji ki Tekri: Bikaner’s first fort

The cenotaph of Bikaji in Bikaner
The cenotaph of Rao Bikaji

This is an ode to the founding fathers of the 500 year old city. This was the first humble fort he had built in the city. The outer wall with chhatris and a small temple inside the fort are among the few remnants of the structure. Lying in ruins, the place hardly has any visitors. However, the guard might apprise you of interesting stories related to Bikaji ki Tekri.

Where: Old Bikaner, 3 km from the main city

How to reach: Do not drive your car in the congested lanes here. Hire an auto or walk.

Entry fee: None

Bhandasar Jain Temple – Bikaner’s lesser known gem

Can't miss Bhandasar Jain Temple on Bikaner tour
The beautiful interiors of Bhandsar Jain Temple

After seeing the splendid beauty of the Dilwara Jain temple in Mount Abu, we could not resist visiting this one in Bikaner. In the old part of the city, very close to Bikaji ki Tekri, Bhandsar Jain Temple is absolutely enchanting. To begin with, it is known for its ornamented mirror work, beautiful leaf paintings, and frescoes. Besides, this 15th-century temple is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Also, the best part is that photography is allowed inside. You cannot miss this beautiful gem of Bikaner.

Entry fee: None

Where: Old Bikaner, walking distance from Bikaji ki Tekri

How to reach: It is foolish to take your car in the narrow lanes of old Bikaner. Hire an auto or rickshaw to reach here.

Karni Mata Temple: World’s Only Rat Temple

Larni Mata Temple in Bikaner
The only rat temple of the world- Karni Mata Temple

That’s one adventure you can indulge in, and you need a brave heart for it. Dedicated to goddess Karni (an avatar of goddess Durga) this is also known as the rat temple. Home to thousands of rats, every corner, hole, wall, and the gate has several rodents running around. However, as the legends have it, the residents of this place have never been affected by plague or any rat-borne disease. Otherwise, leave these rodents undisturbed and they do not harm you. The temple attracts thousands of tourists every day who come for this unique rat-experience.

Rat Temple in Bikaner- A must visit while touring Bikaner
Karni Mata Temple where rats are worshipped

Where: 30 km from the main city

How to reach: Hop onto a local bus from the Bikaner bus stand or highway. Taxis or autos ply on the roads but their charges are extremely high. Hence the best way to commute is to drive there.

Entry fee: None

National Research Center on Camels

National institute of camel research if you have extra time in hand while touring Bikaner
National institute of camel research

Established by the Central Government under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the National Research Center on Camels promotes research and development on camels. Further, tourists get to see different breeds and their behavior. Camel riding, safari, photography, and a camel museum draw a lot of attention. Camel milk parlor is a special attraction as it vendors unique value-added camel milk products like ice cream, and hot and cold beverages.

Where: Jodhpur Bypass, Bikaner, 8 km from the main city

How to reach: Better to drive rather than rely on public transport.

Entry fee: Rs 20 for Indians, Rs 50 for foreigners

Touring Bikaner in One Day: A Summary

Being a small town, touring Bikaner in one day is possible. However, to avoid rushing up and taking it slow, we recommend two days in Bikaner. The city is not commercialized yet and retains the charm of the old times. However, with the Bikaner Camel Festival and other infrastructure development, it may not remain the same.

This trip of ours was in March 2019. It was a road trip covering three cities of Bikaner, Jaisalmer, and Nagaur. If you need help in planning your itinerary or knowing more about the place, do drop us a line.