it is a historical city with a beautiful fort and palace. the old town has many protected old monuments and buildings.
The bikaner is renown for its craftmanship and intricate art work. Junnagarh fort is excellent for a study trip . there are many other palaces to see.
Compared to other places in Rajasthan, Bikaner seems nearly off the beaten track. There is a Fort, yes but it´s not as spectacular as the one in Jodhpur.
There are temples, mosques, museums but there is no "Must go" in Bikaner and this is why we liked it so much. The city is not presented to you as a showcase. It seems much more authentic than many other places. The few foreign tourists we met, came mainly in groups, visited the Camel Training Centre, which is great if you like camels ;) and/or went for a camel safari into the nearby desert, which is a lovely experience as long as you don´t expect an Arabian or Saharalike sand deserts. Yes there is a dune and my son loved to run it up and down but I wouldn´t be surprised if it´s the only one. The annual Camel festival in nearby Landera is a bloke´s thing for sure. Not only because there were maybe 10 women, all foreign, between thousands of men and boys. No, the hosts also locked all the toilets! Here´s surely room for improvement. The local tourist authorities made a big effort organising free buses, setting up a stage and bringing loads of artists into the desert but forgot the keys to the toilet and there were so few food stalls, that one had to invest quite some physical commitment to feed one´s family ;)
Bikaner is clean and nice city with good roads. Shopping is not and attraction if a visitor is coming from big city.
However people interested to learn about History & Culture should visit this place. This place is also recommended for Religious interest especially Karni Mata Temple & Shiv Bari Temple.
- this is a rough city if you travel solo and/or by your own means (that is not with a driver or a group), - very busy, very poluted, - the old city is incredibely busy with rickshaws and motorbikes and cows!.
You have to be very careful and look everywhere, - I did not come acros any tourists in the old city at all, - people's looks are ot always friendly for some reasons and like everywhere else you can get harrassed by young indian males, - The Camel farm is worth a visit but the only way to get there is with a rickshaw or by car.
Bikaner is a very typical Rajastan city..Beautiful sight seeing places. other than that city doesnot offer much