This imposing fort was built between 1589 and
1594 by Raja Rai Singh, one of the trusted Rajputs general of the Akbar.
the fort is formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some
beautiful places within. These places made in red sandstone and
marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, windows dotted all over
the structure. It has 96 mt long wall, with 37 bastions and 2 entrances.
The main entrance of the fort is Sun Gate. the fort encompasses many
places amongst which the most spectacular ones are the Moon Mahal, and
Flower Palace both ornated with carved panels and mirrors and Karan Mahal,
Karan Mahal was built in remembrance of the celebration of the grand
victory over Aurangzeb.
The Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh
in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The Palace has beautiful
latticework and filigree work. The Palace is quite imposing with
overhanging balconies and delicate work. Peacocks and blooming
bougainvillea in the garden welcome the visitor to the place. Part of the
Palace has been converted into a hotel, but the rest remains a museum,
displaying an excellent collection of old photographs and hunting
trophies. There is also a library which is supposed to possess the largest
collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts in the world. These
manuscripts are on parchment, copper, and gold or silver plaques.
It is the main entrance to the fort. among the
notable of these places are the exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal with
marvelous paintings, mirrors and carved marble panels and the Phool Mahal
ornate with glass and mirror work.
Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
One of the best museum in Rajasthan, the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum has
one of the richest collection of terracotta ware, weapons, miniature,
paintings of Bikaner school and coins dating back to Harappan civilazation
and gupta and Kushan era.
The 600 year old temple dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess
Durga. the Temple has huge intricately carved silver gates denoted by
Maharaja Ganga Singh. The Temple plays host to thousand of rats that form
the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped
A part of the Lalgarh Palace has been converted into a museum. Known as
the Sadul Museum, it covers the entire first floor of the palace. Some of
the well-preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife collected by
the royalty have been housed here.
The Ganga Mahal was Maharaja Ganga Singh's contribution to Junagarh Fort
in the early 20th century. This pink sandstone hall, having walls carved
with delicate tracery and scrollwork, today houses part of the fort
museum. From jade-handled daggers to ivory-inlaid muskets, an exotic array
of antique Rajput weaponry is on display here.
The place located on the bank of the lake was
the summer resort of the former kings . today it has been treated as a