By train the journey from Bikaner to Jaisalmer is scheduled to take from 5 hours 35 minutes to 6 hours 10 minutes depending upon which train you take. Via the shortest route the distance travelled is 314 km.
Train Times from Bikaner to Jaisalmer
There are currently 2 train services from Bikaner to Jaisalmer, departing from two different train stations in Bikaner and arriving at the same train station in Jaisalmer.
- 1 of these train services is from Bikaner Junction Railway Station (BKN) to Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM).
- 1 of these train services is from Lalgarh Junction Railway Station (LGH) to Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM).
Fastest Train: The fastest train from Bikaner to Jaisalmer is the Leelan SF Express (Train 12468) departing at 23:25 everyday of the week.
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Location of Bikaner Junction Railway Station
Bikaner Junction Railway Station is located 2.0 km by road from the Junagarh Fort.
Location of Lalgarh Junction Railway Station
Lalgarh Junction Railway Station is located 3.1 km by road from the Junagarh Fort.
Location of Jaisalmer Railway Station
Jaisalmer Railway Station is 1.8 km by road from Jaisalmer Fort.
Jaisalmer is a small city located in the far west of Rajasthan, right in the centre of the Thar desert. The permanent population is estimated to be around 80,000 making it much smaller than the state capital Jaipur, which has over 3 million residents. Jaisalmer is also one of India’s more difficult to reach cities, which limits the number of tourists who make it there compared to other popular cities in Rajasthan, such as Jaipur, Jodphur and Udaipur. Jaisalmer does, however, attract enough visitors to support a large tourist infrastructure and the city of plenty of good quality hotels and restaurants catering for foreign visitors.
There are two major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer Fort and the desert sounding the city.
Jaisalmer Fort is the central feature of the city, which itself developed only as the local population overgrew the living space available inside the fort. Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1156 and measures 460 by 230 metres. Another noteable feature of Jaisalmer Fort is that it is still inhabited. 2,000 to 4,000 people live within the fort, and for the most part their families have also lived in the fort for generations. Inside the fort there are privately run shops, restaurants and hotels.
The Thar Desert offers interesting experiences for visitors, and Jaislamer is the best starting point for exploring it. Once a year, in February, a Desert Festival takes place near Jaisalmer involving camel racing, folk songs and dance of the people who live in the Thar Desert. At other times of the year you can organise tours around the various point of interest in the desert, such as abandoned temples and palaces, either in a car or on a camel. Multi-day camel trekking into the desert can also be arranged locally and at value for money prices for those who do their research.