Junagarh Fort Bikaner
The fascinating piece of architecture was built between 1588 -1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh (1571 – 1611 AD) , a general in army of Mughal emperor, Akbar. The imposing fort has 986 long walls with 37 bastions and two entrances. The Suraj Pole (Sun Gate) is the main entrance to the fort. The palaces within the fort are on the southern side and make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows.
A measure feature of Junagarhfort is the superb quality of the stone carving-it rivals the best anywhere in the world. Among the places of interest are the Chandra Mahal, or Moon Palace, with paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels. The Phool Mahal or Flower Palace is decorated with glass and mirrors. The Karan Mahal was built to commemorate a notable victory over the Mughal Aurangzeb. The Anoop Mahal is famous for it’s gold leaf painting. Other places worth visiting are the Dungar Niwas, Ganga Nivas, Gaj Mandir, Rang Mahal, Bijai Mahal. Gigantic columns, imposing arches and graceful scenes, minarets and pavilions, in fact, make it worth a repeat visit.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM on all weekdays except Sunday.
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 30 for foreigners. Rs. 30 for still camera & Rs. 50 for video camera.
Lallgarh Palace Bikaner
The architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1881 AD-1942 AD) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh between 1902 -1926.This magnificent palace is an example of pure Rajput martial architecture. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, this palace has several grand halls, lounges, cupolas and pavilions. The exotic palace has magnificent pillars, richly carved fire mantles , Italian colonnades and motif of lotus in full bloom, adding to the magic of this jewel of the desert. Walls of places are reminiscent of the past vintage etchings, hunting trophies, and old portraits. The treasure trove where the guests can spend hours ‘walking in the past’. The palace has it’s own museum and library (the fourth largest in the world), clay pigeon trap and skeet shooting traps facilities at adjoining ranges. Palace has wild peacocks spreading their feathers at almost every step flowering rows of bougainvillea.
Bikaner royal family still lives in part of the palace. A portion of palace is now a hotel.
Timings: 10:00AM to 5:00PM on all weekdays except on Sunday.
Entry Fee: Rs. 10.
Gajner Palace Bikaner
Gajner Palace is a summer resort of Bikaner Maharajas. It has often been described as “an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert”. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji of Bikaner, palace stands on the embankment of a lake.The palace was used by Maharaja for grand shoots and lavish entertainment. Royalty, both Indian as well as international, Viceroys and other dignitaries have been entertained at this grand palace.
The architecture of Gajner palace is truly outstanding. Built in red sandstone with intricately carved pillars, jharokhas, and screens, the craftsmanship here is amazing. Palace is surrounded by beautiful wooded area, now a preserved sanctuary which provides shelter to chinkaras, blackbucks, blue bull (neel gai) and flocks of imperial sand grouse. A part of palace has been transformed into hotel.