Activities in Bikaner
A stroll down the King Edward Memorial road and inside Kote Gate will reveal the shopping pleasure
in Bikaner. The purses, slippers made from the camel hide are worth a deal. The camel skin is also used to make cushions and
lacquered lampshades. Bikaner is a famous spot for buying embroidery and appliqué work, painted pottery, carpet weaving and
delicately carved wooden doors. The local carpets and the woodwork are very popular among the tourists.
Besides indulging in shopping, you may also go for a camel safari through a Rajasthani village or a long-distance
expedition lasting a few days. The best times for travelling are the cooler parts of the day, the mornings and evenings.
The sights on the way will fascinate you and become a part of your
most treasured memories. There may be barren land for as far as the eyes can see but the sea of yellow sparkling
sand looks extraordinary. Closer to the village you can see herds of cattle and sheep roaming around purposelessly.
Stop over for a taste of the authentic Rajasthani food. The hospitable men and women will be at your service, eager
to fulfill your every request. Underneath the star-studded sky, you feel the cool desert breeze and wonder about life
in the untamed countryside of this fascinating desert.
Cuisine in Bikaner
In the desert belt of Bikaner, minimum use of water is made. Instead, more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter are used for cooking.
Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri, ker, etc are liberally used. Gram flour is a key ingredient here and
is used to make some of the delicacies like khata, gatta ki sabzi and pakodi. Powdered lentils are used for
mangodi, papad, Bajra and corn is used all over the state for preparations of rabdi, kheechdi, and rotis. An assortment of chutneys
are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. Perhaps the best-known cuisine popular all over
the state is the combination of dal, bati and churma but if you are an adventurous traveller, willing
to experiment, there is a lot of variety available. Besides spicy flavours, its popular sweet Rasogullas, Raj Bhog, GaundPak,
Ghevar, Phirni, and Rabri distinguish Bikaner. In addition, Bikaner also has a whole range of other savories and
snacks like the world famous Bikaner ki bhujia.
Events in Bikaner
Festival, held in the month of January, is the most exciting and awaited festival. Competitions related
to camels like camel races, milking, dancing, etc., make this festival even more interesting. The festival begins
with the procession of beautifully decorated camels. The procession heads towards the open sand grounds. Here, the
celebrations begin in earnest. The Camel Pageant is held on the first day wherein the camel owners show off their
Camels' decorations and jewellery. Camel dance performances are also held. A competition for best decorated camel, fur
camel milking and the best camel hair cut is organized The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully
to the slightest direction of their drivers. Colourful bridles, bejewelled necks, jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows
on dusky sands, cast a magical spell. In this festival tea and sweets prepared by camel milk are made available to the visitors
interested in enjoying them.
On the second day, the swiftest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The competition is fierce as the best camels
compete for the honors.
On both days, the evening ends with a rendezvous with the renowned folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances,
the breathtaking fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors. The grand finale is a magnificent
display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.
Kolayat Festival is the holy festival when the people take a dip in the holy water of the Kolayat
Lake. It normally takes place on the full-moon night of the Hindu month Kartik (November).
Gangaur Festival, dedicated to Goddess Parvati, is an 18-day long spring festival celebrated
during the month of April.
Getting There & Away to Bikaner
The Jodhpur Airport is the nearest Airport (240 kms). Jaipur the State Capital city
is well connected by regular flights from all the Metros i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
||Bikaner is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.|
The city is also well linked by road network. National highways and State Highway link the
City with rest of the cities and metros of India.