Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or “Old Fort” in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop. The modern city of Bikaner has developed around the fort.
The fort complex was built under the supervision of Karan Chand, the Prime Minister of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled from 1571 to 1611 AD. Construction of the walls and associated moat commenced in 1589 and was completed in 1594. It was built outside the original fort of the city, about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre. Some remnants of the old fort are preserved near the Lakshmi Narayan temple.
Historical records reveal that despite the repeated attacks by enemies to capture the fort, it was not taken, except for a lone one-day occupation by Kamran Mirza. Kamran was the second son of the Mughal Emperor Babur who attacked Bikaner in 1534, which was then ruled by Rao Jait Singh.
The 5.28 hectares large fort precinct is studded with palaces, temples and pavilions. These buildings depict a composite culture, manifest in the mix of architectural styles.
The scenery here is picture perfect. You don`t need company to enjoy the serenity of this picturesque lake. So easy to soak up the peace and tranquility that prevails. A must add to your visit to Abu.
The history of the fort is very interesting, and they have a beautiful collection of artifacts. It houses the first plane gifted to Maharaja Ganga Singhji, a De Havilland.
Most sought after tourist spot in Bikaner is Junagarh fort. The best part is they always provide guide services free of cost and tours are made in groups. its a big fort so it’s always nice to go along others and guide. the fort is beautiful, big and must visit in Bikaner
The fort is located at the center of Bikaner city and can be seen miles away. At night the whole fort is lit up and makes a spectacular picture. The museum within the grounds of the fort is also worth a visit.
Bikaner is as such not at great place for tourism since there is not much places to see near by it.But if you are at Bikaner, it’s worth to go junagarh fort.
Since it is private property but open for tourist visits. Gate pass cost Rs. 50 for visiting the fort.A guide will ascort you and explain the fort architecture, structure, paintings etc. It is a new and maintained fort or mostly it is Rajmahal not a fort. Good to visit if you went to Bikaner.