Located at the center of Bikaner city this fort attracts visitors from all part of the world. The kingdom of Bikaner was established by Rao Bikaji the son of Rao Jodhaji. Rao Bikaji after giving up his claim on Jodhpur established his fort at Rattighati. This fort was residence of 20 rulers of Bikaner till 1902 AD. Different parts of the palace is added by different rulers.
Karan Mahal built by Maharaja Gaj Singhji
Anup Mahal by Maharaja Surat Singhji
Gaj Mandir by Maharaja Gaj Singhji
Phul Mahal by Maharaja Gaj Singhji
Chhatar Mahal by Maharaja Dungar Singhji
Maharaja Ganga Singhji continued to live in Junagarh fort till 1902 and Rajmata Mahrab Kanwarji continued to reside at Dalel Niwas till her demise on 19th Nov 1959. Maharaja Karani Singhji had crated Maharaja Rai Singhji Trust in 1963 and donated Junagarh fort to the trust and opened to general public to visit. Inside the fort tourist can visit the open area where holly festival was played. There are balcony around these places for the queens to watch the festivals and official meetings. In Anup Mahal there is a 65 Kg silver gate is on display. Among the exhibits there is a war plane used in first world war, small telephone exchange, weapons Palinik and several other furniture and garments used by Kings.
Visitors after buying the tickets are allowed in groups and each group is accompanied by one guide. No extra guide charges to be paid. Fort
Entry fee to Fort is Rs 30/- ( including guide charges )
Still photography is free
Video photography is at Rs 100/-
Minimum of one hour is required to visit this fort inside. Better to arrive here at 9 AM and go for a visit to the museum as it opens at 9 AM. Then at 10 AM main fort inside can be visited.
Bikaner cultural center & Museum ( within the fort complex )
This museum is located within the Junagarh palace complex. Inside this museum visitors can see contemporary arts gallery , ritual crafts gallery, aristocratic textiles and costume gallery, royal photography and miniature photography, glass and cut glass objects, decorative wall paintings , gallery of aristocratic transportation, doll houses, dresses, weapons are in display inside the museum. This two storied building houses several furniture and wall paintings at it top floor.
This opens at 9 AM ( one hour before opening of main fort ) and closes at 6 PM
Separate entry ticket of Rs 20 is to be taken. Still camera charges are Rs 20/- and video camera is at Rs 100/- .