Bikaner is an attractive city in the state of Rajasthan. The city and its surroundings are home to great cultural and historical places such as Lalgardh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace and Junagarh Fort to name a few. For food-lovers, Bikaner is also known for its namkeens (tasty snacks). It is also called the ‘Camel Country,’ as the best riding camels of the world are found in the city.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Bikaner. Some of them are Sagar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan Regency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Mangalam (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Regent Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Bikanerare Rajasthani and Marwari. Other languages spoken are Hindi and English.
The important festivals of Bikaner are Maha Shivratri (March), Holi (March), Dussehra (October) and Diwali (November).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Bikaner. Some of them are Camel Research Firm (8 km), Devi Kund (8 km), Gajner wildlife Sanctuary (32 km).
How to Get There
Surat Gujarat Airport is the closest airport situated at a distance of 173 km from the city.
The closest railway station is Bikaner Junction Railway Station, which is situated in the city itself.
Bikaner is directly connected to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Ajmer. The nearest bus stand is Bikaner Bus Station, which is just a kilometre away from the city. There are options for local travellers to get around in local buses. Today Volvo bus service has become very popular amongst travellers across India.
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.