Bikaner Travel Guide, India
Bikaner isn’t a famous industrial hub for the country but it has been an important tourist spot for foreign tourists and is very famous in terms of historical monuments and rich culture. Bikaner is located in the western region of Rajasthan. Bikaner was also the capital for the Bikaner State which was one of the 565 princely states that existed before the Indian Independence.
It excels in the farming of crops like mustard, wheat, and cotton. Other famous industries, which help the economy of Bikaner grow, are that of plaster of Paris, gypsum, and bentonite. Bikaner is made up of four different tahsils (known as sub divisions in English).
Bikaner has a great network of rail and road while air transport is still to be launched for the locals of the city. The current military airport is only for military purposes and not for common citizens.
Broad Gauge railway connects Bikaner to major Indian cities like those of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Surat, Jaipur, Thiruvananthpuram, Jalandhar, Jammu, Chandigarh, and Ahmedabad. This is enough proof that Bikaner is an important city on the rail map of India even if it is located on the far west of the country. Similarly, road network inter - links major landmarks of the city and also the city to other major cities like Haridwar, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad and many other famous cities of the country.
Bikaner is actually a deserted land and hence summers are extremely hot in the city. Temperatures can easily exceed the limits of 50 degree Celsius and hence summers are unbearable for foreign tourists although locals are used to such temperatures. On the contrary, winters can bring down the temperature to zero degrees Celsius. This huge difference in temperature is due to the location of Bikaner which is right in the center of Thar Desert.
Some famous festivals of the city are Ganguar, Camel festival (which is race of camels every year during the month of January), Kapil Muni fair, Karni Mata fair, and Aksaye Tritya (known as Akkha Teej in local language) which is actually the foundation day of Bikaner. This is the same day when Rao Bika actually laid the foundation of his empire in this land which is now famous by the name of Bikaner.
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