Originally called “ Chintamani “ and renamed “Junagarh Fort” in the early 20th century ,echo the tales of rich culture and heritage .The architecture of the fort is influenced by different places providing how wide political and artistic exposure were at that time .
The foundation of Junagarh Fort was built in 1478 by Rao Bika .The palace inside the fort , balconies , kiosks etc depicts a feat of composite architectural style which s influenced by the cultural differences of the different rulers and also foreign inspiration
This most famous fort in Bikaner ,remains unconquered evenafter thousand vicious attempts by invaders ,even though it lacks the advantage of height as it’s not located on hill top..
A part of the fort has been converted to a grand museum where ancient artifacts have been well preserved .
It stands with all its regal glory as an epitome of dazzling and exquisite architectural brilliance , attracting thousands of tourists from all over every year .
The fort is in the heart of the city of Bikaner which can be reached easily by hiring a car , a private bus , a cab or by auto rickshaw . Public buses are also available
* Timings - 10am to 4.30 pm
* Time required -2/3 hours
* Entry fee - INR 50
* camera ticket s mandatory for still camera / video video camera
* Guides are available at the fort premises instructing in Hindi or English . The audio tour facility s available at a nominal charge in French , German and English
Best Time To Visit :- between November to February
Points to remember :-
* Take a look at the historic pieces of art and paintings that are displayed in the museum
* There are some regions within the fort where flash photography or even non flash photography is prohibited . So keep ur eyes open to look out for the signs so that u don’t get caught 😊
* wear comfortable shoes as u have to walk a lot
* carry a bottle of water as mineral water s not sufficient on the premises nd u may have to buy it at double the price
* carry an umbrella if u are allergic to sun as few parts of the fort u hv to walk without cover under the sun
Nearby restaurants :-
* Laxmi Niwas palace
*Heeralal sweet shop
*chhotu Motu Joshi sweet shop