Photographer's Note

Another interior photo from Junagarh Fort in Rajasthan, this time from Durbar Hall showing not only the beautiful fort hall but also famous DH-9DE Havilland airplane.

In recognition of services rendered by Bikaner State Forces led by Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner during 1st World War the British Government presented him several war souvenirs amongst which were the shot down parts of two DH-9DE Havilland war airplanes. These war trophies were transported to Bikaner along with Bikaner State Forces by ship around 1920.

Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji of Bikaner was very keen to get the DH-9DE Havilland trophy properly restored and around 1985 with the help of the local craftsmen one completed trophy was assembled from decaying parts of these two war souvenirs.

This was then put on display at Durbar Hall of the fort since the time of late Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji.
After the demise of Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji all the artefacts loaned by him including this war airplane souvenir became the property of estate of late Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji of Bikaner and are on loan to the Maharaja Ray Singhji trust by kind permission of the executors of his estate for public viewing.

Do not miss it when are you in Bikaner.

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