Bikaner Tourism

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.

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.

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

    • Air Pollution 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.91 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 70.45 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • 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)
    • Pollution Index 54.28 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 20.91 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 23.69 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 50.4 (Low)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 51.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 57.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.22 USD

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