Friday, September 26, 2008
Junagarh Fort is the prime attraction of Bikaner. It took 5 years from 1588 to 1593 AD to build this fort by King Raysingh. There are two entrances for the fort one is Surajpol another is Karanpol.
The fort remain open for the visitors from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Entry fee is INR 10.
On the right side of the fort you will be mesmerized to see the beautifully carved and decorated balconies , pillars and windows. There are many mahals in the forest. Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal, Rajtilak Mahal are to name a few. You can see in the museum the paintings, arms, and the dresses of the king and queen of ancient time.
From Junagarh Fort your next destination will be Lalgad Palace. Maharaja Gangasingh built this palace in the memory of his fathe Maharaja Lalsingh in 1902 AD. The architecture of this palace is unique in the sense that you will find the effect of Rajput, Mughal and European at one place. Peacocks roam around the green carpet outside the palace. Different flowers add to the beauty of the place.
One portion of the palace is now turned into heritage hotel. At one part there is museum, where exclusive paintings, dresses, arms are exhibited.
Other places around bikaner worth visiting are Golden Jubillee Museum, Rajasthan state archive. Those who are interested in history, will find this place as gold mine.
Roam around the city and lanes to see many old Havelis with unique architecture.
Camel breeding farm is another attractive place to see from here. It is 8 km from here and open everyday from 3 to 5 pm except Sundays.