A spirited, dust-swirling city located in the northwest of Rajasthan, Bikaner is a beauty bloomed within the Thar Desert that was founded by Rajput Rao Bika in 1486. After the completion of the Ganges Canal in 1928 and the Indira Gandhi Canal in 1987, the agricultural and textile industry was allowed to flourish with crops such as wheat, cotton etc. being the forerunners.
Today, Bikaner is the fifth-largest city in Rajasthan and the administrative headquarters of the Bikaner district and Bikaner division. The city is most popular for its sweets and snacks which can be found in markets all over India. It also has the highest production of milk per capita in India.
To the southwest of the city lies the atmospheric old city that houses the main railway station, Bikaner Junction, while the northern parts elude more of a modern feel with wider roads and streets. Imposing forts and richly sculpted palaces furnish the city with some of the finest creations of the Rajput civilization. Dotted by a myriad of sand dunes, this royal fortified city retains the medieval splendor that is very evident in the lifestyle of the local residents, bestowing Bikaner with sheer effervescence.
Stats and Facts
The population of Bikaner, as per the provisional reports of the census 2011, is 6,47,804.
The citys sex ratio is lower than the national average at 900 per 1000 males. The child sex ratio of 901 girls per 1000 boys is much closer to the average child sex ratio of the country.
The average literacy rate in Bikaner is below par at 79.86% as recorded in 2011. However, this number should see a rise in the following years with an improvement in facilities.
The Schedule Caste (SC) and the Schedule Tribe (ST) population of Bikaner stand at 4,93,646 and 7,779 respectively.
While Hinduism is the dominant religion of the city, other cultures coexist and have an influential presence over the locals.
Bikaner Growing Industrial Sector
While the entire district of Bikaner is devoid of exposed rocks, the Bikaner city has fuller and richer earth. The soil, locally known as Magra, contains many economically significant minerals like sandstone, gypsum, multani mitti, white clay, lignite, grit and yellow ochre.
The primary industries of Bikaner are extraction and refinery, grinding, PVC cables, bathroom fittings, carpet and shoddy yarn, cement, cattle feed, cotton (in bales) textiles, leather footwear, ceramic tiles, dairy products, gypsum, groundnut oil, cable wire wood, handicraft items, machine tools and parts, mosaic tiles, textiles and woolen products etc..
Bikaners carpet yarn manufacturing industry is at par with its competitors all over the world and has Asias biggest wool market.
Regular district-level and Panchayat Samiti-level industrial awareness and promotion campaigns are being organized by DIC and other institutions to develop awareness among the first generation entrepreneurship.
While the pace of industrial development has remained slow, there is great potential for SMEs in areas like sanitary wares, gypsum grinding, plaster of paris, lime kiln, yellow and red clay grinding, mosaic tiles, and sodium silicate.
The Nal Airport serves Bikaner. It lies 13 km from the main city center. It serves the Indian Air Force and is soon going to enter civil operations.
Serving Bikaner are two railway stations, namely Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station which connect the city with other cities and towns in Rajasthan as well as major cities throughout North India.
The city has a good network of roads linked directly to Agra, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, and Indore among others.
Auto-rickshaws and city buses are the most efficient forms of internal transport providing services to the locals on a daily basis.
All Localities in Bikaner
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