Junagarh Fort

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About Junagarh fort

In Bikaner, Rajasthan sits the Junagarh Fort, formerly known as Chintamani before being renamed in the 20th century. Not perched on a hill, this fort was constructed in 1594 by Raja Rai Singh. One of India's most ornamented forts, with lavish palaces that showcase a diverse range of architectural styles, it is truly magnificent.


The 20th-century renaming of Bikaner's Junagarh Fort from Chintamani to Junagarh Fort showcases a fusion of architectural styles. Constructed between 1589 and 1594, it remains a testament to bravery and artistry. The fort's resilience to attacks demonstrated its strategic genius. Unlike most Rajasthani forts, it is situated on a hill, which makes it stand out. Spanning 5.28 hectares, the fort precinct features pavilions, temples, and palaces that depict a composite culture. Bikaner's magnificence is demonstrated by the construction carried out under Raja Rai Singh's prime minister, Karan Chand. Subsequent rulers made significant additions to the fort, each adding to its magnificence. Architectural wonders include the Diwan-i-Am, Anup Mahal, Ganga Niwas Palace, and others. Renowned ruler Ganga Singh's extensive renovations and additions left an enduring impression.

More renovations were necessary after Bikaner was placed under suzerainty in 1818 during the British Raj. Renowned king Ganga Singh was instrumental in both World Wars I and II and left behind magnificent buildings such as Lalgarh Palace. As a testament to Bikaner's illustrious past, Junagarh Fort today displays the splendor of Rajasthan's princely lineage.

How to reach

By road

There are three ways to get to Junagarh Fort from the road: autorickshaws, local buses, and taxis. The fort is easily accessible from Bikaner due to its excellent road network.

By plane

Nal Airport in Bikaner is the closest airport to Junagarh Fort, situated roughly 15 km away. Taxis and other local transportation options can be used to get to the fort from the airport.

By train

From major Indian cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Agra, Bikaner can be reached by train. The primary railway station, Bikaner Junction (BKN), provides regular services that link it to cities like Delhi and Jaipur with ease. Take advantage of the well-established rail network and plan your trip with ease.

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Early Departure (6:00 AM): Begin your journey early for a full day. Travel Time (8:30 AM): Reach Bikaner by around 8:30 AM.

Late Morning:

Explore Junagarh Fort (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM): Spend the late morning exploring the fort and its various palaces and museums.

Lunch (12:30 PM):

Have lunch at a local restaurant near the fort.

Visit Nearby Attractions (1:30 PM - 3:00 PM): Explore nearby attractions like Karni Mata Temple or Bhandasar Jain Temple.


Famous for its delicious snacks is Bikaner. Savor the famous Bikaneri Bhujia, a crispy and spicy savory dish. The delicious Rasgullas, Ghevar, and Dal Baati Churma are must-tries; they are classic Rajasthani foods that showcase the city's diverse culinary culture.

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