October sees a handful of tourists lands up in Bikaner, while the major chunk of travellers decide on the more popular destinations. This means you can explore the history of the city without worrying about crowds. The temperature in October ranges between 20°C and 36°C. This makes October an agreeable time to visit post-monsoon Bikaner.
November onward, tourism starts picking up in Bikaner. The weather is much cooler with temperatures dropping to around 14°C during the evenings and night. Make sure you carry a light jacket for the desert night.
A December holiday in Bikaner will see you enjoy the perfect weather conditions. Temperatures go down to about 9°C and even daytime temperature hardly goes above 26°C. This means you can explore Bikaner on foot without worrying about dehydration. The Kapil Muni Fair (at Kolayat, 55kms from Bikaner) takes place in November and is the ideal destination for the adventurous traveller.
The best time to visit Bikaner is during the first month of the year. The weather is absolutely brilliant- ranging between 7°C to 23°C, and you can witness the exuberant Bikaner Camel Festival. This two-day January extravaganza is all about the Ship of the Desert. The kaleidoscopic camel procession that begins from Junagarh Fort is a sight to behold.
For those looking for a quieter experience, make sure you plan your Bikaner trip in February. The weather is still quite pleasant- between 11°C and 27°C.
December to February is camel safari season and Bikaner can turn out to be a better choice than Jaisalmer. Ghantiyali, Dawi, Sarunda and Raisar are great spots for desert camping trips. These villages offer curious travellers the all-round experience of rustic desert life. If you’re short on time, land up at the National Research Centre On Camel for an enjoyable ride and camel milk ice-cream! Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts should plan their Bikaner trip in the winter months. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is less than an hour’s drive from Bikaner and offers brilliant wildlife safaris. The thickly forested hills are home to blackbuck, desert fox, nilgai, wild boar, and many other animals. Jorbeed is a birdwatcher’s utopia. A 30 minute drive from Bikaner will have you spot a variety of raptors- Saker falcon, Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, steppe eagle, and more.