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Travel Guide for India:Rajasthan:Bikaner

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Basic Facts

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Introduction Bikaner is located in the northern part of Rajasthan. It was founded by a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur whose name was Rao Bhikaji. Bikaner, like Jaisalmer, was an important town on the great trade route in the medieval period. The city is surrounded by high fortifications comprising a seven-kilometre long wall, which encircles the old city and has five entrances-all constructed in the 18th century. Bikaner has seen many upheavals in its long and eventful history. Due to its ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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BIKANER - HISTORY AND LEGENDS Rao Bhikaji was the sixth son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Bikaner. He left the kingdom of his father when he realized that his fortunes lay somewhere else. He founded Bikaner after pastoral Jats of Northern Rajasthan submitted to his authority in AD 1488. According to the legends, Rao Bhikaji sought the blessings of Goddess Karni at Deshnoke before embarking on his campaigns. Karni Mata Temple is still being patronized by the erstwhile ruling family of Bikan ... more

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Bikaner - Gajner Gajner A little to the south of Bikaner - you will find a former hunting lodge of the Marahadjas. The lake is impressive - the small pavillions too. They use to tell a story - an Indian legend. Go and visit them --------------------- Bikaner - wall decoration Strolling around in Bikaner - you will find some restored nice buildings - colorfull and telling the story of the country - many times explored and colonised by western imperiums! ------------------- Camel Research F ... more

Suggested Itineraries and Walking Tours

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1 Day Walking through the streets We have a housenumber or a private plate ! They have a whole history showed at the entrance - telling how important the (former) householder was ! Fascinating !! and indeed - every picture is a story of believe or memory

Transport

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The city has good roads and the convenient mode is autorickshaws, which are easily available at negotiable prices. Bicycles are available for hire at the Dau Cycle Shop, opposite the Railway Station.

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Local Specialties ... 1.Bhujia & Papads: Bhujia & Papads Written by RAJASTHANBYCAR on May 6, 2005. 1.Bikaner, known in the world for it's "BHUJIA,PAPADS & Rasgulla's", spicy snacks made from fried gram and pulses and also for "RASGULLAS" (a dessert). 2.Carpet: Carpet Camel and sheep wool woven carpets and woolen items can be purchased from here. Raw wool produced in Bikaner is renown for its quality and has proved best for making carpets . Bikaner wool blended with New Zealand ... more

Money and Costs

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Exchanging Money, Costs...

Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Post Office Tel: 524185 Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Hospitals and Doctors

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Hospitals PBM Hospital (Government) Tel: 61 931/ 2/ 3 Government Ayurvedic Hospital Tel: 27 122 MN Hospital (Private) Tel: 52 172/ 27 422 Ambulance Tel: 102

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Passports and Visas All foreign nationals require visa to enter India. However, there are some relaxations for Bhutanese and Nepalese nationals. Details and types of visa and the fee may be obtained from the Embassy of India. (Address given on opening cover page). Information for Tours which offers trekking and mountaineering expiditions to India. 1) Where the proposed tour includes any point above 6000 mtrs, visa may be given only after receiving the formal clearence from the indian Moun ... more

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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The Desert The few days between Agra and Bikaner were overwhelming, tiring, inspiring, fun, and busy. Oh but first, going to see the Taj Mahal from the other side of the river was really cool. As I think I said before, there are symmetrical red sandstone buildings on either side of the Taj Mahal that are part of the overall design, but it's impossible to get pictures of the whole thing at once (maybe with a wide-angle lens, which I don't have). From the other side of the river, though, the back ... more

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Activities and Sports

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Culture and Local Customs

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Rajasthan Customs and Traditions Birth, marriage and death are inextricably woven in the pattern of folk customs and tradition. The cultural cycle commences at conception, passes through birth and marriage, and continues even after death.The folks consider barrenness as a great misfortune for a family. Propitiations are made to gods, treatments taken from wizards, talismans worn round necks, ants fed daily and many other devices employed to have a child. Once the pregnancy is established, a ... more

Events and Holidays

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Camel Festival - 13th to 14th January 2006 A lively and colourful event, the Camel Festival is organised by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Rajasthan in Bikaner every year. January is just the right month for a desert spree, and Bikaner just the right place to see the Ships of the Desert. In the camel country Bikaner, these desert leviathans pull heavy cart loads, transport grain and even work at the wells. The Camel Festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels ... more

Dangers and Warnings

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Free guide Free, or included-with-entry guides, are not really the deal you might think. We passed up on the opportunity to hire a private guide at Bikaner's Junagarh Fort, as we were advised that one came with our ticket. There was a guide, leading a goup of predominantly Indian tourists, but we really got the short end of the deal. He was obviously more comfortable in Hindi than in English, and I know enough of the language to know how much was not being translated for us. All of his attentio ... more

Tourist Traps

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History

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History of Bikaner A Rajput prince Rao Bika ji who was the descendent of Rao Jodha Ji, the founder of Jodhpur established his kingdom in Bikaner in 1459 AD. Bika Ji chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped it into an impressive city called Bikaner. Ever since the foundation of Bikaner till its accession into Indian Union in 1947 A.D. and after it's integration in Rajasthan state in 1949 AD, Bikaner has played a notable role in the history of Rajasthan. Bikaner has produced several abl ... more

Economy

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Major Industries...Rajasthan perhaps more than any other State in India, is a Shopper’s Paradise centuries- old skills in the traditional crafts continue to produce some of the most exciting wares in the world. Tie-and-dye fabrics in vibrant colours. Fine block printed textiles and skills. Wood and ivory carving. Lacquer and filigree work. Delicately cut precious stones, and exquisite enamelled jewellery. Rajasthan’s Terracotta tradition that was linked with the civilization of t ... more

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Media

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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India:- Wishing to international Experience study abroad, internship, teach, intern, and volunteer option including Hindi language Culture immersion and adventure learning. Preparation Variety of Courses for individuals (Personalized) and groups for Students, Travelers, individuals, foreigners One-to-One teaching for students of all age and levels. Offer summer home stay, Intensive and Residential course of Hindi language and Culture immersion. Opportunity ... more

Organized Tours

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Shopping

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Abhivyakti, a small craft shop run by the Urmul Trust, offers high quality items made by locals from the surrounding villages. Proceeds from here go to health and education projects of these villages. The traditional usta (camel leather) products are available at Usha Street in the old city.

Books and Further Reading

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