Bikaner Tourism

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Bikaner is a city about 330 kilometres northwest of Jaipur; the state capital of Rajasthan and was considered as an Oasis on the way to Gujrat from Central Asia due to its adequate supply of spring water. Today it’s an Oasis of temples and forts that delights the sore eye of the desert traveller. From being a small city, it has grown to be the fourth largest in Rajasthan having a great tourism value. It attracts a lot of Indian and foreign tourists every year.

Bikaner gets its name from the ruler Rao Bikaji who colonized the city in the late 15th century. Before that it was known as ‘Jangladesh’ meaning forest land. The word Bikaner literally means the ‘settlement of Bika’. After him Bikaner kept on flourishing even more under subsequent rulers. The Infamous Junagarh fort was built a hundred years after Rao Bikaji passed.

The town is famous for a lot of things such as sweets and eatables, textiles, clothing and the traditional Rajasthani jewellery. It is known for its sandstone built forts and temples. The architecture here is a great blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and British styles. There are a lot of colourful shopping streets embodying the perfect flavour of Rajasthan.

Bikaner Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Bikaner tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
  • Currency: Indian Rupee.
  • Electricity and Internet: Available
  • Languages: Marwaadi, Hindi, English


  • Police Number: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Disaster: 108

Best to not visit sparsely populated areas after sunset.

Remove footwear before entering temple.

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Facts and Stats for Bikaner*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bikaner

    Know the pollution level of Bikaner before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 67.86 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 67.86 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 45 (Moderate)
  • Bikaner: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bikaner for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bikaner.

    • Burglary and Theft 100 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 100 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 100 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 100 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 100 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 100 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 100 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 100 (Very High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Bikaner - Quality of Life

    • Pollution Index 53.84 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 56.06 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bikaner

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bikaner

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.77 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 21.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.59 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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