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Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
This impregnable fort has the distinction of remaining unconquered. Raja Rai Singh (1571 - 1611 A.D.) one of the most outstanding generals of Emperor Akbar, built this impressive fort, with embellishments in the form of palaces and Luxurious suites added by subsequent Maharajas.
This fort has a 986m-long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. The Surajpol or the 'Sun Gate' is the main entrance. The palaces within the fort are on the southern side and make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks, towers and windows.
Some places of interest inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas and Rang Mahal or Palace of pleasure. In Har Mandir, a majestic chapel, the royal family worshipped their gods and godesses.
Chandra Mahal or Moon Palace has exquisite paintings on the lime plaster walls and Phool Mahal or the Flower Palace, is decorated with inset mirror work. The gigantic columns, arches and graceful screens grace the palaces. The other important parts are Durbar Hall, Gaj Mandir, Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Chamber and Karan Mahal etc.
It also houses a museum possessing a rich treasure of the area, and other rare items which are several centuries old.
A major feature of this fort and palace is the superb quality of stone carving. The handprints which can be seen close to the Daulatpol commemorate the wives of Rajput soldiers lost in battles, who committed sati on their husbands' funeral pyres.
Despite that fact Junagarh doesn't command hilltop position, as do some of the Rajasthan's other grand forts, it is no less imposing and a credit to its planners and architects has never been conquered.
Timings: 10 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 50/- per head for the complete museum with guide
Rs. 10/- for part of the museum.
Rs. 30/- for an ordinary camera &
Rs. 50/- for a movie camera
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