Bikaner Forts, Bikaner Palaces

The Bikaner Forts and Bikaner Places constitute the true essence of the Rajasthani city of Bikaner. Rajasthan is known as the city of palaces and the Bikaner forts, Bikaner palaces are the best examples of them. The most important among the Bikaner forts and Bikaner palaces are Junagarh Fort which is also known as the Bikaner fort and the Lalgarh Palace.

The Lalgarh palace made of red sandstone is an architectural masterpiece. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902, this Bikaner fort and palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob. This oriental fantasy is a glorious example of the fusion art of the Rajputs, the British and Mughal architecture. Hallmark of great craftsmanship, the Lalgarh palace displays some unique lattice work and filigree work.

The Lalgarh palace is home to some of the most well preserved hunting trophies and paintings. The library of the Lalgarh palace is a treasury housing the greatest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts written on parchments, silver, copper and gold plaques.

Built by Raja Rai Singh in 1587, the Junagarh fort is perhaps one of the best examples of the forts built by the Rajputs. This Bikaner fort was attacked many times, but remained unbeaten. The Junagarh fort is surrounded by a wall which encompasses 37 palaces and many pavilions and temples. The walls of these palaces are decorated beautifully and are covered with fresco paintings. Exquisite work of lacquer work of red and gold gives a very ornate look to the palace.

Last Updated on 19 December 2011