Old City


Still with a faint medieval feel despite the fume-belching motorbikes and autorickshaws, this labyrinth of narrow, winding streets conceals a number of fine havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences), and a couple of notable Jain temples just inside the southern wall, 1.5km southwest of Bikaner Junction train station. It makes for an interesting wander – we guarantee you’ll get lost at least once. It's encircled by a 7km-long, 18th-century wall with five entrance gates, the main entrance being the triple-arched Kothe Gate.

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Nearby Bikaner attractions

1. Junagarh

0.67 MILES

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…

2. Prachina Cultural Centre & Museum

0.68 MILES

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…

4. Bhandasar Temple

0.93 MILES

Of Bikaner’s two Jain temples, Bhandasar is particularly beautiful, with yellow-stone carving and vibrant paintings. The interior of the temple is…

5. Lakshminath Temple

0.94 MILES

The splendid Hindu Lakshminath Temple, behind Bhandasar Temple, was built during the reign of Rao Lunkaran between 1505 and 1526. Lakshminath was the…

6. Ganga Government Museum

1.14 MILES

This museum houses well-displayed, interesting exhibits including terracotta ware from the Gupta period, Rajasthani traditional musical instruments, rich…

7. National Research Centre on Camels

4.02 MILES

The National Research Centre on Camels is 8km southeast of central Bikaner, beside the Jodhpur–Jaipur Bypass. While here you can visit baby camels, go for…

8. Devi Kund

5.01 MILES

The marble and red-sandstone royal chhatris (cenotaphs) of the Bika dynasty rulers, with some fine frescos, are located 8km east of the centre of Bikaner…