One of the most stunning and emblematic attractions of Bikaner is the Junagarh Fort that still stands strong. The foundation of the fort was laid by Rao Bika (founder of Bikaner) in the 15th-century, and it was then known as the Stone Fort. However, the imposing structure that we see today was completed in 1594 under the rule of Raja Rai Singh, and was renamed as the Junagarh Fort in the early 20th-century.
The architecture is a blend of Mughal, traditional Rajput and Gujarati styles. Visitors can get an idea of the architectural brilliance and grandeur, however, just from the admiring its main gates made from red and gold sandstone. Lacquer work, red and gold filigree designs, mirror work, stone carvings, lattice windows, frescoes, wooden ceilings and Gothic archways complete the effects of splendour. Some of the major highlights here include the Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Har Mandir, the Prachina Museum and the Fort Museum that houses an impressive collection of royal costumes, jewels, arms and ammunition, and other relics.
Junagarh Fort, Junagarh Fort Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, +91 151 220 2297; Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-4:30pm