National Symposium on
“Sustainable Management of Livestock and Poultry Diversity for enhancing the Farmers’ Income”

February 8-10, 2018

College of Veterinary & Animal Science, RAJUVAS, Bikaner (Rajasthan)

About Bikaner

About Bikaner

Bikaner is a city in the northwest part of Rajasthan in northern India. It is located 330 kilometres northwest of the state capital, Jaipur. The city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486. It has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. The Gang Canal, (1928), and the Indira Gandhi Canal (1987), facilitated its development. Various educational Institutes such as Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Swami Keshwanand Agricultural University and Technical University and Research Institutes such as NRCC on Camels, NRC on Equine, Arid Campus of CSWRI and Institute of Arid Horticulture are located in Bikaner.

Places of Interest

Junagarh Fort

"The Junagarh Fort is an impressive fort in the city of Bikaner. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop. The modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort. The fort complex was built under the supervision of Karan Chand, the Prime Minister of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled from 1571 to 1611 AD.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharaja Ganga Singh, in Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was designed in 1896 in an Indo-Saracenic style by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, and built between 1898 and 1902. It is now a luxury hotel managed by Golden Triangle Fort & Palace P. Ltd. It is located 1.6 miles from Bikaner Railway Junction and 0.6 miles from the Bikaner Bus Stand. It is 157.8 miles from the nearest airport.

Karni Mata Temple

The Karni Mata temple, 30 km from Bikaner, is dedicated to an early fifteenth century mystic who was considered to be a reincarnation of goddess Durga. It is also known as the Temple of Rats and considered as 8th wonder of the World. The uniqueness of the temple is that it is inhabited by legions of brown rats which scurry around the complex without any fear. The rats are believed to be repositories of the souls of dead Charans, the traditional bards.

Bhandasar Jain Temple

Bhandasar Jain Temple is famous for its beautiful leaf paintings, frescoes and ornamented mirror work. This temple was constructed by Bhandasa Oswal in 15th century. This temple is constructed using red sand stone with beautiful paintings on walls and pillars of the sanctum and mandapa. The temple is dedicated to the 5th tirthankar Sumatinatha. According to legends 40,000 kilograms of ghee was used in the construction of this temple instead of water in mortar. On the walls there are illustrations depicting the lives of the 24 Jain tirthankars. The temple consists of garbhagriha, antarala, mahamandapa and ardhamandapa.

National Research Centre on Camel

Camel Research Farm, Bikaner is a premier Research Centre of ICAR which was established in 1984 to conduct the research on camels. It is located about 8 km from Bikaner city in the state of Rajasthan in India. Various breeds of camels are studied at this research center as they are very important for the fragile eco-system of the desert. There is a museum in this research centre which depicts the research and developmental aspects of camels. One can enjoy camel ride or ice cream made of camel milk. The farm permits tourists at certain hours of the day.


Bikaner is situated in the middle of the Thar Desert and has a hot semi-arid climate with very little rainfall and extreme temperatures. The climate in Bikaner is characterized by significant variations in temperature. During February month, the weather will be slightly cold (temp ranges from 26 °C to 8 °C) therefore, delegates are advised to brings woollen cloths.

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