The scorching afternoon of the desert of Rajasthan … Junagarh Fort of Bikaner … A magnificent fort, which stands with self-respect with unbeatable strength. During the tour of the fort in the afternoon filled with sweat, suddenly clouds of sweat are seen. As soon as you reach the height of the palace, the shock of the sudden cold air refreshes you, a very pleasant feeling.
This is the ‘Badal Mahal’ of Junagarh Fort in Bikaner. Even today, Junagadh fort proudly narrates its history and says that no ruler has ever defeated me. It is said that only once in history there is a mention of an attempt by a non-ruler to capture this grand fort.
Mughal ruler Kamran is said to have succeeded in seizing the throne of Junagarh and conquering the fort, but he had to leave the throne within 24 hours. Apart from this, there is no mention that any plans to destroy & win Junagadh and it was successful.
The rainy year of Rajasthan, especially in the old times when it was a festival for the rainy Rajasthan, during that time, the King-Maharaja used to realize the rain by building a Badal Mahal in the royal fort of the state. Badal Mahal built in many forts including Jaipur, Nagaur forts are examples of this, but the Junagarh fort of Bikaner is quite popular for the specially built Badal Mahal. This magnificent palace, built at a very high altitude in the Junagadh fort complex, is called Badal Mahal because it is situated at the highest height in the fort.
In this palace, the king used to spend special time with his queen. Recognizing the Junagarh Fort of Bikaner as the best fortress for more than 5 century, Trip Advisor “Reputed Travel Agency of America” has awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence-2015’ honour.
Some of the palaces here include Ganga Mahal, Phool Mahal etc. including ‘Badal Mahal’. There is also a museum in this fort which also has clothes, paintings and weapons of historical importance. This museum is one of the special attractions of Rajasthan for tourists. Here you will also find many manuscripts written in Sanskrit and Persian. The museum inside the Junagarh Fort is the biggest attraction for tourists in Bikaner and Rajasthan. This fort museum has some very rare paintings, jewellery, weapons, biplanes of the first world war etc.
According to historians, the foundations of this fort were laid on Thursday, 30 January 1589. Its construction was completed on Thursday 17 January 1594. Architectural, archaeological and historically significant, the Turkish style was adopted in the construction of this fort in which the walls are tilted inwards. Palaces in Delhi, Agra and Lahore are also reflected in the palace built in the fort.
Timings: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Photography allowed: Yes
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Entry Fee & Photography charges: Yes
HOW TO REACH :
Bikaner is easily accessible from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi and all major cities of India by government and private buses. By reaching Bikaner, you can reach Junagadh Fort from any part of the city by local transport.
Trains to Bikaner are available from cities like Delhi, Calcutta Agra, Jaipur, Allahabad. The distance from Bikaner to Junagadh Fort is just 1 km.
The closest airport to Bikaner is Jodhpur Airport which is 235 km away. Bikaner can be reached from here by private taxi and local transport.