Top things to do in Bikaner

Top Choice Fort in Bikaner

Junagarh

This most impressive fort was constructed between 1589 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, ruler of Bikaner and a general in the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar. You enter through the Karan Prole gate on the east side and …
Top Choice Jain Temple in Bikaner

Bhandasar Temple

Of Bikaner’s two Jain temples, Bhandasar is particularly beautiful, with yellow-stone carving and vibrant paintings. The interior of the temple is stunning. The pillars bear floral arabesques and depictions of the l…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Bikaner

Gallops

This contemporary cafe and restaurant close to the Junagarh entrance is known as ‘Glops’ to rickshaw-wallahs. There are snacks such as pizzas, wraps and sandwiches, and a good range of Indian and Chinese veg and non…
Area in Bikaner

Old City

The old city still has a medieval feel despite the motorbikes and autorickshaws. This labyrinth of narrow, winding streets conceals a number of fine havelis, and a couple of notable Jain temples just inside the sout…
Hindu Temple in Bikaner

Lakshminath Temple

The splendid Hindu Lakshminath Temple, behind Bhandasar Temple, was built during the reign of Rao Lunkaran between 1505 and 1526. Lakshminath was the patron god of the rulers of Bikaner, and during major religious f…
Museum in Bikaner

Prachina Cultural Centre & Museum

Across the fort’s main courtyard from the palace entrance, this museum is fascinating and well labelled. It focuses on the Western influence on the Bikaner royals before Independence, including crockery from England…
Multicuisine in Bikaner

Heeralal’s

This bright and hugely popular 1st-floor restaurant serves up pretty good veg Indian dishes, plus a few Chinese mains and pizzas (but unfortunately no beer), amid large banks of plastic flowers. It's a good place to…
Indian in Bikaner

Evergreen

Evergreen is a neat and clean restaurant where the delicious air-conditioning hits you the moment you walk through the door. The veg and nonveg menu leans equally towards North Indian and South Indian cuisines, with…
Indian in Bikaner

Palace Garden Restaurant

This excellent garden restaurant at one of Bikaner’s best hotels is a lovely place to eat – at least until the nights become too chilly. The fare spans South Indian, veg and nonveg North Indian, and Chinese, and if …
Art in Bikaner

Bikaner Miniature Arts

The Swami family has been painting miniatures in Bikaner for four generations, and now run this art school and gallery. The quality of work is astounding, and cheaper than you’ll find in some of the bigger tourist c…