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Introduction

Junagarh Fort

Junagarh Fort

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Bikaner is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, capital of the district with the same name.

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Sights and Activities

  • Junagarh Fort
  • Lagarh Palace
  • Bhandasar Jain Temple
  • Shiv Bari Temple

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Events and Festivals

  • Camel Festival

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Weather

Bikaner has one of the most extreme climates in India, though it is almost not affected by monsoon rains. It receives just about 240mm of rain a year, with all of it falling from late May to mid-September, peaking in July and August with around 80-90mm. Temperatures are only mild from December to February with 22-25 °C during the day and 8-11 °C at night. Nights have been known to drop below zero, but only just and only very rarely. May and June are the hottest months with average days of 41 °C, but the alltime high stands at 50 °C! Sometimes nights don't drop below 30 °C!

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max22.6 °C25.9 °C31.9 °C37.8 °C41.8 °C41.7 °C38.4 °C36.6 °C36.8 °C35.9 °C30.5 °C24.7 °C
Avg Min6.6 °C9.7 °C15.8 °C22.1 °C27.2 °C29.3 °C28.1 °C26.8 °C25.3 °C20 °C12.6 °C7.5 °C
Rainfall5.5 mm9.1 mm6.4 mm11.3 mm16.1 mm32.9 mm87.4 mm78.5 mm39.9 mm9.9 mm1.8 mm2.9 mm
Rain Days1.112.21.23.42.46.17.13.30.90.81.5

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Getting There

By Train

The city has direct rail connections to Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Agra, Jalandhar, Baroda, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Chandigarh, Jammu and Ahmedabad.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel Harasar HaveliHarasar House, Near Karni Singh Stadiumhotel-
Hotel Jaswant BhawanDaudsar house Alakh Sagar Road IInd entry to railway stationHotel-
Hotel Padmini Niwas148, SadulganjHotel89
Hotel SagarLalgarh Palace Complexhotel86
Shri Ram HotelA-228 Sadul GanjHotel78
Vijay Guest HouseOpposite Sophia School Jaipur Roadguesthouse88
Vinayak Guest HouseNear Junagarh Fort, Near Matagi Temple Old GinaniGuesthouse87
Vino Paying Guest HouseOppsite gopeshwar temple, GangasharGuesthouse82
Youth Hostel BikanerA-228 Sadul GanjHostel-
Shanti HouseNew Well, Near City Kotwali Old CityGUESTHOUSE-
Vinayak Guest HouseNear Junagarh Fort Old GinaniGuesthouse-
SHRI RAM HERITAGEA-228, Sardul Ganj, RajasthanHotel-
Hotel Shri Ram HaritageA- 228 sadul ganj Near dungar collage near hotel dhola maruHotel-
Ashiana Paying Guest HouseC-187, Karni Nagar LalgarhGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.

Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.

The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.

Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.

If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.

Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

If you want to send bigger packages/parcels, it might be better, faster and sometimes even cheaper, to contact a private company like DHL, TNT or UPS.

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