This is one of the old city of Rajasthan where the local king presence is still can be felt. Son of Rao Jodha , Rao Bika established his kingdom and this city at Rati Ghati ( at present outskirt of the city ). In the year 1589 with the construction of Junagarh fort Bikaner city was developed around this.
Unlike Havelies of Jaisalmer here almost all havelies are in locked condition and you can view the outside or front side only. You can share an Auto ( Local cab ) with other passengers to reach Jain temple from main city center or from Junagarh fort area.
If you are at Bikaner then never miss a visit to Bhanda Shaha Jain temple and Laxminath temple ( both side by side ) . The road to this temple passes through many old Havelies and you can see these traditional houses in red standstone having many Jali windows .
The road also passes through narrow lanes and very old houses giving an idea to the tourist that this is an old city still have its royal touch of Maharajas and the old traditions of fort and havelies.
This Jain temple was constructed by a rich business man Bhandasa Oswal in the year 1468 AD, after his death his daughter completed this in the year 1514. During the foundation of the temple Ghee ( liquid butter ) was used instead of water. This temple is dedicated to Sumtinath Ji, the fifth Tirthankar of Jain. Close to this Jain temple is Laxmi Narayana temple.
Junagarh Fort and museum
The main attraction of Bikaner city , this fort is located at the center of the city. Read more on Junagarh fort here
Ganga Government Museum
At the centre of the city this is also known as Golden Jubilee Museum. Best place to know about history of Bikaner
Indian Adult Rs 5/-, Indian Student Rs 2/-
Foreign Adult Rs 50/-, Foreign student Rs 25/-
Bikaner by Indian Rail
Bikaner station code is BKN. This railway station is located well within city and several express trains starts and passes by this station. Daily and weekly trains connects Bikaner to Delhi, Mumbai,Jaipur, Gauhati, Jodhpur , Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Howrah and many other Indian cities. Bikaner is a railway junction.
Nearest airport is Jodhpur ( 5 Hours by road , ). Regular flights connects it to Jaipur, Delhi and other places.
Bikaner by road
Rajasthan State Road Transport corporation operates a excellent fleet of buses from different locations of Rajasthan to Bikaner. Near the Bikaher bus stop there are number of budget hotels and good hotels are also available. Here also 3 x 2 buses starts for Delhi at evening 6.00 PM.
Nandu travels near Haryana hotel is the point where night sleeper buses to Delhi starts. You can buy ticket from any travel agent of the city but this is the main departure point for the private buses connecting to other cities of Rajasthan and Delhi. From here bus starts at 8.30 PM and reaches Delhi morning at 8 AM.
Near Haryana Hotel, Ganga Shahar Road
Phone Numbers: 0151-2520611, 2205270, 921448077
Every year Bikaner Camel festival is organized here in the month of January.