Constructed between 1587 and 1593 by the third ruler of Bikaner, Rai Singh, Junagarh Fort is protected by a 986 m long sandstone wall with 37 bastions, a moat and, most effectively of all, by the forbidding expanse of the Thar Desert. Not surprisingly, the fort has never been conquered, a fact which explains its excellent state of preservation.
Built in 1593 A D. by Raja Rai Singh. Junagarh Fort is a perfect example of an invincible structure , The fort is encircled whit high walls and moat It is one of the few major that were not built on a hilltop The Fort comprises of many palaces courtyards pavilions and intricately carved structures . Magnificent palace like Anup Mahal Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or palace of pleasure are beautifully preserved and leave one spellbound.
One of the most attractive forts in Bikaner is Junagarh fort. It was built by Maharaja Rai Singh. The entire fort is rooted deep into history due to which it appeals to the tourists to a great extent. The fort is completely built with red sandstone brought from the Thar Desert. However, marble is used for the interior work. The fort is a mini collection of many temples and Havelis of the kings’ royal heritage. To name a few palaces are Ganga Mahal, Phool Mahal, Badal Mahal, etc. There is also a fort museum within the fort and displays collection of dresses, weapons, paintings and many other things of historical importance.
How to reach Bikaner
Nearest airport is Jodhpur, connected by daily flights to Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai.
Bikaner Junction is well-connected to Delhi by the Bikaner Mail, to Mumbai by the Jammu Tawi and to Kolkata by the Howrah-Jodhpur Express. The Jaipur-Bikaner Intercity and Jaipur-Bikaner express trains are the best options to Jaipur. Both taxis and autos are easily available at the station.
Bikaner is at the western end of NH11 that links Agra to Jaipur. Travelers from Delhi should turn off NH8 at Kot Putli and take the road to Sikar via Nim ka Thana and Khandela. From here, take NH11 to Bikaner.