The unconquerable fort ever in the history set on the erstwhile area of Bikaner or the then called jangaldesh is also named as “Chintamani Mahal”. As it lies on the midst of Thar Desert of India it is a tremendous symbolic fort of Rathore’s clan of Rajput. Rao Bika laid the foundation of the city of Bikaner in 1488 AD; Rao Bika subdued all the contemporary Chiefs and was recognized as the ruler of the land. The structures built within the Junagarh fort are the palaces and temples, which are made of red sandstone and marble. The fort has seven gates for several palaces named as Karan Pol, Daulat Pol, Chand Pol (a double gate) and Fateh Pol and Suraj Pol, Suraj Pol is the main entry gate of fortress. The palaces are depicted as picturesque with their assortment of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows. The most magnificent attractions of the fort are their inbuilt edifices which has their own past and importance at that time. Some of the main attractions are-
Karan Mahal (Public Audience Hall) was built by Karan Singh in 1680 AD to commemorate his victory over the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is believed as one of the daintiest palaces built with gardens, which displays the aesthetic sensibilities of the royalty of Rajasthan.
Phool Mahal ("Flower Palace") is the oldest part of the palace and was built by king Raja Rai Singh of Bikaner.
Anup Mahal is a multi-storey structure, which functioned as the administrative headquarters of the kingdom. It is marked as grandest construction.
Chandra Mahal has the most sumptuous room in the palace, which are adorned with gold plated gods and paintings graced with precious gems. In the royal bedroom, mirrors have been placed in very organized manner so that the Maharaja could see from his bed, any unwanted entering his room.
Ganga Mahal was built in the 20th century by Ganga Singh and now it turns into the museum where the then weaponry and the 1st world war plane have been kept.
Badal Mahal (The weather palace) is part of the Anup Mahal extensions. And this palace is highly enriched with Paintings and Maharajas portrait in different turbans.
Junagarh Fort Entry Fee: Indian – Rs 20, Foreigner – Rs 100
Camera Fee: Stills – Rs 30, Video – Rs 100
Junagarh Fort Timings: 10 am – 4:30 pm
It is very well connected by roads, rails and airways. There are frequent services of public transport and private cabs are easily available, nearest railway station is “Bikaner railway station” some trains running from New Delhi to Bikaner are
Bikaner intercity (22472), Abadh Assam express (15909), DEE BKN SF Express (12455), and the Jodhpur airport is the nearest airport which is at 250 km approx.
Being vast in its heritage and culture Rajasthan state has consistently growing up in its hospitality and tourism. The entire Rajasthan has something which is very eye catching and thus State Government is also promoting their tourism by saying “Rajasthan- Jane Kya Dhik jaye”. Some mesmerizing spots near Bikaner city are; KARNI MATA TEMPLE, LAXMI NIWAS PALACE, and JUNAGARH PALACE.
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