Ganganagar, also known as Sri Ganganagar, is a town in the northern side of Rajasthan. The place is named after Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner who designed the irrigation structure for the town by channelising River Satluj through canals. The town is called the ‘Bread Basket of Rajasthan’ since the major crops of the region include wheat, jowar and grams. The age old temples and beautiful gurdwaras attract pilgrims to this place. Kalibangan, the archaeological site, is also a tourist spot.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Ganganagar. Some options are Hotel 3H (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Star Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1224).
The most commonly spoken languages of Ganganagar are Punjabi and a dialect of Rajasthani called Bagri. English and Hindi are also spoken in this region.
The significant festivals of Ganganagar are Bhadrakali Mela and Gogamedi Mela (celebration in honour of the Serpent God Gogaji) which falls during the rainy month of September every year. Other festivals celebrated are Holi (festival of colours celebrated in March) and Diwali (celebrated in November).
Places of Interest
The main tourist spots in Ganganagar are Gurudwara Buddha Johad (66.8 km from the town of Ganganagar), Balaji Dham (27.7 km from Ganganagar), Gol Bazar (2.4 km from Ganganagar) and Hindumalkot Border (29.8 km from Ganganagar).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ganganagar is the Bhatinda Airport (93 km away from the town). Delhi and Jaipur airports are secondary options as both are approximately 400 km away from Ganganagar.
There are train services from major cities like Jaipur and Delhi to Sri Ganganagar Railway station.
There are private bus and state bus services to Ganganagar from Jaipur, Delhi and Punjab. Some other options are Aravind Travels, Chouhan Travels, Indo Canadian Tpt. Co. and Hardev Travels. You can now get bus tickets offer through TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service provider. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.