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Small to medium-sized Bikaner hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Bikaner traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Bikaner hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Bikaner is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Bikaner bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Bikaner B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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Bikaner hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Bikaner hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Bikaner
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Bikaner hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Bikaner lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Bikaner
Bikaner timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Bikaner often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Bikaner on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Bikaner motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Bikaner for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Bikaner motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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This article is about the city Bikaner in Rajasthan, India. For its namesake district, see Bikaner district. For other uses, see Bikaner.
Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Nickname(s): BKN
Bikaner is located in Rajasthan
Bikaner is located in India
Coordinates:  / 28.01667; 73.31194  / 28.01667; 73.31194
Country India
State Rajasthan
District Bikaner
Founded by Rao Bika ji
• Body Municipal corporation
• Total 155 km (60 sq mi)
Elevation 242 m (794 ft)
Population (2011)
• Total 644,406
• Density 4,200/km (11,000/sq mi)
• Official Hindi, English
• Regional Marwari
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 3340XX
Telephone code +91 151
Vehicle registration RJ-07

Bikaner (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in the northwest of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. It is located 330 kilometres (205 mi) northwest of the state capital, Jaipur. Bikaner city is the administrative headquarters of Bikaner District and Bikaner division.

Formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. The Ganges Canal, completed in 1928, and the Indira Gandhi Canal, completed in 1987, facilitated its development.

The city celebrates its foundation day on Akshaya Tritiya by flying kites and eating special Rajasthani food that includes Bajre Ka Khichda and Imli ka Paani (Tamarind Water) among other snacks. The celebration lasts for two days, known as Chhoti Akha Teej and Badi Akha Teej. People can be seen flying kites during these two days right from the early morning at 5-6am till late sunset. Given the extreme desert weather, standing for long hours under the bright Sun is a torture in itself. Hence, a quick home-made drink like Tamarind Water really helps in controlling body temperature and prevents from heat stroke.

Bikaner: History

Further information: History of Bikaner

Prior to the mid 15th century, the region that is now Bikaner was a barren wilderness called Jangladesh. Rao Bika established the city of Bikaner in 1488. He was the first son of Maharaja Rao Jodha of the Rathor clan, the founder of Jodhpur and conquered the largely arid country in the north of Rajasthan. As the first son of Jodha he wanted to have his own kingdom, not inheriting Jodhpur from his father or the title of Maharaja. He therefore decided to build his own kingdom in what is now the state of Bikaner in the area of Jangladesh. Though it was in the Thar Desert, Bikaner was considered an oasis on the trade route between Central Asia and the Gujarat coast as it had adequate spring water. Bika's name was attached to the city he built and to the state of Bikaner ("the settlement of Bika") that he established. Bika built a fort in 1478, which is now in ruins, and a hundred years later a new fort was built about 1.5 km from the city centre, known as the Junagarh Fort.

Around a century after Rao Bika founded Bikaner, the state's fortunes flourished under the sixth Raja, Rai Singhji, who ruled from 1571 to 1611. During the Mughal Empire's rule in the country, Raja Rai Singh accepted the suzerainty of the Mughals and held a high rank as an army general at the court of the Emperor Akbar and his son the Emperor Jahangir. Rai Singh's successful military exploits, which involved winning half of Mewar kingdom for the Empire, won him accolades and rewards from the Mughal emperors. He was given the jagirs (lands) of Gujarat and Burhanpur. With the large revenue earned from these jagirs, he built the Chintamani durg (Junagarh fort) on a plain which has an average elevation of 760 feet (230 m). He was an expert in arts and architecture, and the knowledge he acquired during his visits abroad is amply reflected in the numerous monuments he built at the Junagarh fort.

Maharaja Karan Singh, who ruled from 1631 to 1639, under the suzerainty of the Mughals, built the Karan Mahal palace. Later rulers added more floors and decorations to this Mahal. Anup Singh ji, who ruled from 1669 to 1698, made substantial additions to the fort complex, with new palaces and the Zenana quarter, a royal dwelling for women and children. He refurbished the Karan Mahal with a Diwan-i-Am (public audience hall) and called it the Anup Mahal.Maharaja Gaj Singh, who ruled from 1746 to 1787 refurbished the Chandra Mahal (the Moon palace).

During the 18th century, there was internecine war between the rulers of Bikaner and Jodhpur and also amongst other thakurs, which was put down by British troops.

Following Maharaja Gaj Singh, Maharaja Surat Singh ruled from 1787 to 1828 and lavishly decorated the audience hall (see illustration) with glass and lively paintwork. Under a treaty of paramountcy signed in 1818, during Maharaja Surat Singh's reign, Bikaner came under the suzerainty of the British, after which the Maharajas of Bikaner invested heavily in refurbishing Junagarh fort.

Left: Lalgarh Palace, built (Indo-Saracenic style) for Maharaja Ganga Singh and named after his father, presently a heritage hotel and also a residence of the Bikaner Royal Family. Right: Ganga Singh as a member of the Imperial War Cabinet at No. 10 Downing Street, 1917.

Dungar Singh, who reigned from 1872 to 1887, built the Badal Mahal, the 'weather palace', so named in view of a painting of clouds and falling rain, a rare event in arid Bikaner.

General Maharaja Ganga Singh, who ruled from 1887 to 1943, was the best-known of the Rajasthan princes and was a favourite of the British Viceroys of India. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India, served as a member of the Imperial War Cabinet, represented India at the Imperial Conferences during the First World War and the British Empire at the Versailles Peace Conference. His contribution to the building activity in Junagarh involved separate halls for public and private audiences in the Ganga Mahal and a durbar hall for formal functions. He also built the Ganga Niwas Palace, which has towers at the entrance patio. This palace was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, the third of the new palaces built in Bikaner. He named the building Lalgarh Palace in honour of his father and moved his main residence there from Junagarh Fort in 1902. The hall where he held his Golden Jubilee (in 1938) as Bikaner's ruler is now a museum.

Ganga Singh's son, Lieutenant-General Sir Sadul Singh, the Yuvaraja of Bikaner, succeeded his father as Maharaja in 1943, but acceded his state to the Union of India in 1949. Maharaja Sadul Singh died in 1950, being succeeded in the title by his son, Karni Singh (1924-1988). The Royal Family still lives in a suite in Lalgarh Palace, which they have converted into a heritage hotel.

Bikaner: Transport

The internal transport system in Bikaner consists of autorickshaws. Bikaner railway station is on the Jodhpur-Bathinda line. Bikaner is connected to some of major Indian cities via broad gauge railway. The city has direct rail connections to Sri Ganganagar, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Alwar, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Bilaspur, Kanpur, Agra, Jalandhar, Baroda, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Jaipur, Surat, Gurgaon, Puri, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chandigarh, Kota, Kollam, Jammu, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, Vijayawada.Connections can be made for other major Indian cities like Silchar, Indore, Jhansi, Ranchi, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kurukshetra, Faridabad.

Bikaner is well served with roads and is linked directly to Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Ludhiana, Sri Ganganagar, Bhatinda, Ambala, Ahmedabad, Haridwar, Jodhpur, and many other cities. National highways 11, 15, and 89 meet at Bikaner.

Bikaner has Domestic Civil Airport where daily flight between Bikaner to Jaipur is running and Direct flight between Bikaner to Delhi and Bikaner to Jaisalmer will start soon.

Bikaner: Climate

Sand dunes near Bikaner, Rajasthan
A shrub in desert of Bikaner

Bikaner is situated in the middle of the Thar desert and has a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh) with very little rainfall and extreme temperatures. In summer temperatures can exceed 45 °C, and during the winter they may dip below freezing.

The climate in Bikaner is characterised by significant variations in temperature. In the summer season it is very hot when the temperatures lie in the range of 28–50.5 °C (82.4–122.9 °F). In the winter, it is fairly cold with temperatures lying in the range of 5–23.2 °C (41.0–73.8 °F). Annual rainfall is in the range of 260–440 millimetres (10–17 in).

Climate data for Bikaner
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32.9
Average high °C (°F) 23.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.3
Average low °C (°F) 5.6
Record low °C (°F) −4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 5.5
Average precipitation days 0.8 1.0 1.5 0.9 2.6 3.2 6.6 5.6 3.0 0.6 0.3 0.5 26.6
Average relative humidity (%) 49 43 34 25 27 39 58 61 52 36 40 48 42.7
Source: IMD extremes upto(2010)

Bikaner: Junagarh Fort

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

The Junagarh Fort and its temples and palaces are preserved as museums and provide insight into the grandiose living style of the past Maharanas of Rajasthan.

Bikaner: Laxmi Niwas Palace

Laxmi Niwas Palace

The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace built by Maharajah Ganga Singh, the ruler of the former state of Bikaner. It was designed by the British architect, Col Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902. The style of architecture is Indo-Saracenic. It is now a luxury Heritage hotel owned by Golden Triangle Fort & Palace P. Ltd. The magnificent structure in red sandstone is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Bikaner. The Shri ram heritage a unit of Rao Bikaji Groups home stay by Brigadier Jagmal singh rathore VrC,VsM descendant of Rao Bika ji Founder of Bikaner, Rao Bikaji Camel safari a unit of Rao Bikaji Groups

Bikaner: Karni Mata Temple

Main article: Karni Mata Temple

The world-famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found in the town of Deshnoke 30 km south from Bikaner on the road to Jodhpur. Karni Mata is worshiped as an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

Bikaner: Bhandasar Jain Temple

Bhandasar Jain Temple

Bhandasar Jain Temple is famous for its beautiful leaf paintings, frescoes and ornamented mirror work. This temple was constructed by Bhandasa Oswal in 15th century. This temple is constructed using red sand stone with beautiful paintings on walls and pillars of the sanctum and mandapa. The temple is dedicated to the 5th tirthankar sumatinatha. According to legends 40,000 kilograms of ghee was used in the construction of this temple instead of water in mortar. On the walls there are illustrations depicting the lives of the 24 Jain tirthankaras. The temple consist of garbhagriha, antarala, mahamandapa and ardhamandapa

Bikaner: Demographics

Population Growth of Bikaner City
Census Pop.
1891 56,300
1901 53,100 -5.7%
1911 55,800 5.1%
1921 69,400 24.4%
1931 85,900 23.8%
1941 127,200 48.1%
1951 117,100 -7.9%
1961 150,600 28.6%
1971 208,900 38.7%
1981 280,400 34.2%
1991 416,300 48.5%
2001 529,690 27.2%
2011 644,406 21.7%

Bikaner: People from Bikaner

  • Karni Singh - politician and clay pigeon/skeet champion.
  • Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore - award-winning trap shooter, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting
  • Rameshwar Lal Dudi - politician
  • Bulaki Das Kalla - politician
  • Bharat Vyas - Bollywood lyricist
  • Anuradha Acharya - CEO, Ocimum Bio Solutions Multinational Company
  • T.D Dogra - Former Director All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi. Vice-Chancellor of SGT University,Budhera,Gurgaon,Haryana.
  • Karan Singh Yadav - Cardio-thoracic surgeon turn Politician
  • Mohammed Usman Arif - Politician and former Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Ghulam Mohammad - Music composer, Bollywood
  • Santosh Joshi - classical singer
  • Pannalal Barupal - Indian independence activist, Congress MP from Ganga Nagar.
  • Harish Bhadani - Hindi and Rajasthani Poet.
  • Rao Bika - Founder of Bikaner
  • Surajratan Fatehchand Damani - Member of the 2nd Lok Sabha of India from the Jalore constituency of Rajasthan and a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He later become member of 4th, 5th and 6th Lok Sabha from the Solapur constituency of Maharashtra.
  • Devi Singh Bhati - Ex-member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kolayat in Rajasthan state in India.
  • Raja Hasan - Play back singer, a finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007.
  • Kishan Singh Rathore - recipient of Mahavir Chakra for bravery displayed in Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 .
  • Mubarak Begum
  • Sandeep Acharya - crowned the winner of Indian Idol (season 2) on 22 April 2006.
  • Shiv Kumari of Kotah - an Indian Hindu royal and the daughter of Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner.
  • Rajyashree Kumari - former shooter from India. She was conferred the Arjuna Award in shooting in 1968.
  • Sidhi Kumari - member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Bikaner East, elected in 2008 on as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Shankar Lal Bihani - was head of local panchayat, and established first electric shop in Bikaner.
  • Nand Kishore Achyarya - Indian playwright, poet, and critic who was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal - elected to the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha, lower house of the Parliament of India from Bikaner constituency, Rajasthan in 2009 and in 2014. Also awarded the Best parliamentarian Award in 2013.
  • Magan Singh Rajvi - former Indian football player. He hails from Rajasthan. He was given the Arjuna Award in 1973 for his achievements as a football player.
  • Narpat Singh Rajvi - former Minister and MLA
  • Abdul Rehman Rana - Pakistani former politician and soldier from Jaranwala, the city of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Akbar Khan - visually impaired Singer, Composer, Writer and a Banker honoured with National Award in 1989.
  • Ambika Dutt Ranga - Indian footballer
  • Kanwar Sen - Civil Engineer
  • Indra Chandra Shastri - Indian author and philosopher
  • Ahmad Bakhsh Sindhi - was Law and Justice Minister in Rajasthan
  • Colonel Rao Bahadur Thakur Sir Sadul Singh was a senior administrator in Bikaner State.
  • Sudhir Tailang - cartoonist
  • Shaukat Usmani - member of the émigré Communist Party of India and Freedom fighter
  • Hisam-ud-din Usta - artisan-painter
  • Vijay Shankar Vyas - agricultural economist of India
  • Shri Harakh Chand Nahata, Indian businessman and social leader
  • Khemchand Prakash - music composer in Hindi film industry.
  • Shiv R. Jhawar - Indian-American author, public speaker and entrepreneur
  • Satish Kumar - renowned philosopher from Dungergarh Bikaner.
  • Mubarak Begum - Indian vocalist who sang in the Hindi and Urdu languages.
  • Qasim Bikaneri - shayar writer

Bikaner: See also

  • Magra sheep
  • Bikaner State
  • Bikaner Camel Corps
  • Bikaneri Bhujia
  • List of universities and colleges in Bikaner
  • List of schools in Bikaner, Rajasthan

Bikaner: References

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