Every section of the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner is embellished to impress. Huge sandstone walls, detailed carvings and royal history associated with the fort welcomes its visitors. The best part is that the fort looks so alive as it is well maintained. This exclusive piece of architecture was built by Raja Rai Singh and is counted among the most revered forts in Rajasthan. The Junagarh Fort is know by other popular names – Chintamani and Old Fort.
Location: Bikaner, Rajasthan
Visiting Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (entry closes at 4:00 pm)
Closed on: Fridays
Time required to explore the fort: 2-3 hours
- Karan Pol – It is the east-facing main entrance of the fort that is guarded by two colossal elephant statues.
- Karan Mahal (or the Public Audience Hall) – Adorned with pure white marble and stucco designs, the palace is a classic example of Rajput architecture.
- Phool Mahal – The palace is decorated with glass inlay, stucco work, motifs and rose water sprinklers.
- Gaj Mandir – Intricately decorated and embellished walls of this apartment, speaks of the artistic excellence of that era. Gorgeous panels, carvings and designs here are indeed impressive.
- Anup Mahal or the Privy Council Room – The ‘golden’ charm of this palace will surprise you with gold varnish work, mirrors and glass mosaics.
- Hawa Mahal – Palace where the King used to rest during summers.
- Badal Mahal – Because of its blue and white interiors, it is also called the “Hall of Clouds.”
- Prachina Museum or Fort Museum – Preserves armory of post medieval period. Besides this, you will find an extensive collection of manuscripts, carpets, royal costumes and exhibits of artistic excellence.
- Other attractions – Dungar Niwas, Durbar Hall, Vikram Vilas.
- Cameras are allowed inside the fort but photography is prohibited in some sections.
- Eatables are not allowed inside. Carry water.
- Co-operate during the security check-up.
- Both, private and government appointed guides are available there. Many visitors prefer audio guide to explore the fort.
- Beware of hawkers.
- Wear comfortable foot wear.
- Umbrella and waterproof gears are a must for monsoons. Use sunblocks, shades and scarves to avoid any damage by sun.
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