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Junagarh Fort

Junagarh FortLocation : Bikaner
Built By: Rao Bika
Built in : 1587 AD
Highlights : Anup Mahal and exquisitely carved windows
Perfect Time to Visit : September to February

Located in Bikaner, Junagarh Fort is a magnificent fort and one of the finest of Rajput monuments. Encircled by a high wall, the fort is surrounded by deep moats and 37 bastions, owing to which this fort has never been conquered. It has two gates Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate, which is the main entrance to the fort and the Karan Pol, which faces the east. The Junagarh Fort is a huge complex housing a number of fascinating palaces. There are 37 palaces, temples and pavilions made in red sandstone. Apart from that, there are also several public court buildings and intimate zenanas that were meant to hide the women in the court from the vision of the courtiers. The interiors of Junagarh fort have been accentuated with beautiful Rajput paintings, amazing mirror-work and awe-inspiring lacquer-work.
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The palace encompasses multi-storeyed Anup Mahal, which was the governance chambers for the rulers. The well preserved rooms display the treasures of the Royal family. The fort also has a Moon Palace, which adorns paintings and carved marble panels that are a 'must see' for every visitor. The fort also has a Phool Mahal, which has mirrors, paintings and carved marble panels. The victory over Aurangzeb was celebrated by building the Karan Mahal.

The fort museum has an extensive collection of illuminated manuscripts, jewelery, jars, carpets, arms, weapons, treaties etc. There is also a chapel inside the fort, Har Mandir that was the place of worship of the the royal families. Also worth visiting are the Ganga Niwas, Dungar Niwas, Vijai Mahal and Rang Mahal.

How to Reach
Air : The nearest airport from Junagadh are Keshod, which is 40 km away from Junagarh
Rail : The railway station of Junagadh lies on Ahmedabad-Junagadh and Rajkot- Junagadh line and connects it to the major cities of the country.
Road : State transport buses link the city with all the major cities of the state.

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