Think of camel fairs, and chances are you will head to Pushkar in Rajasthan. But hold on to your horses (or camels) for a moment – consider Bikaner, with its smaller yet far more enchanting version. And that is only one of the reasons why you need to be in this desert city.
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Click on the following links to read more about Bikaner:
* Bikaner Camel Festival: Festivities in a Sand Bowl under Open Skies
* The Fire Dancers at the Bikaner Festival 2009
* Go to Bikaner with an empty stomach
* Bikaner: This is where the mawa comes from
* Shopping in Bikaner’s bazaars, at night
* Bikaner: The Junagarh Fort, a walk-through
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Bikaner: Travel Tips
• Weather: Mild winters and very hot summers.
• Best time to go: October to February.
• How to reach: By road or train. Nearest airports are at Jaipur and Jodhpur.
• Recommended Stay: At least 3 days.
• While you are there: Visit the Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke (30 kms / 19 miles) away. Or spend a night at the Gajner Palace heritage hotel (32 kms / 20 miles away) with its artificial lake and beautiful surroundings; the royalty hosted wildlife shooting parties here at one time. Also check out the Lallgarh Palace in town made of pink-red sandstone. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1902 as modern quarters for the royal family, it houses a museum and a hotel, the Laxmi Niwas Palace. Scout the inner lanes of Bikaner to see some old Havelis or mansions built by businessmen; the Bhanwar Niwas is one that has been converted into a must-stay hotel.
• Combine trip with: Jaisalmer and Shekhawati.
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