“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”? - Mark Twain
The above quote makes much sense. No? So, let's travel as much as we can. :D
It was month of Jan 2019, when I was travelling around different cities of Rajasthan with my Parents and my sister. After spending 2 nights in the Capital city of Rajasthan- Jaipur, we were heading to Bikaner.
If you have not checked my Jaipur blog, then you can have a look here.
Bikaner is located approx. 330 KM northwest of Jaipur. Initially Bikaner was not there in my plan. I wanted to go directly to Jaisalmer - The Golden city from Jaipur. But Jaislamer is 560 KM away from Jaipur and it takes approx 10 hrs to reach. So then I decided to halt in Bikaner for a night.
Not only me, this city gets ignored by most of the travelers. May be because of the assumption that there are not so many places to explore. I am not sure about other travelers, but I can say why I didn't want to cover it in my Rajasthan plan.
When you inquiry about Rajasthan, there are a lot of other cities (Like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer etc) that take the priority in your search result and Bikaner tops the list from bottom. And that was my sole reason for not considering Bikaner.
Now let me ask you a question, what pops up in your mind when someone says Bikaner. I am sure it's either Junagarh Fort or Bikaner famous Bhujia (a spicy snack made from moth dal, spices and edible oil). Right?
It was no different for me as well. But now after visiting Bikaner, I can say there are lot of things to do other than this.
Here I am going to share my experience with all you guys. I bet after going through this, you won't exclude Bikaner from your list now. Let's start the journey now.
It took us approx 7 hrs to reach in Bikaner from Jaipur that included 1 hr lunch break as well. We reached around 7 PM. We had arranged our stay before hand in Hotel Shiva's Regency. This hotel is located in the Heart of Bikaner. It is situated in the first floor. Compared to other hotels, the rooms of this hotels were huge.
While the rooms were very spacious and clean, everything else was not comfortable. The parking area was worse. You have to go in a narrow dirty lane which will take you to the lift area of the hotel. The lift was also extremely dirty.
The only best thing of this hotel was it was near to the Main Market. And all the forts and palaces are near by.
After having our dinner, we called it a day. The real experience was going to start the next morning.