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Travel guide to Nagaur

Nagaur - The Destination


Nagaur with its massive ramparts and impressive gateways is one of the fascinating towns of Rajputs. The town was given to Raja Amar Singh Rathore by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The historic Nagaur Fort houses splendid palaces, temples and palatial mansions. Some of the beautiful palaces within the fort including Moti Mahal, Badal Mahal and Hawa Mahal are all examples of splendid architectural creations. The courtyard or Baradari has painted walls, adorned with some exquisite frescoes and lovely murals which are a blend of Persian and the typical Nagaur styles.

The unique highlights of Nagaur‘s temples are their decorated walls and entrances, ornamented with beautiful paintings depicting various episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The paintings in the Jain temples, portray motifs related to the life of Lord Mahavira and Parsavnath. In addition, the Tarkin ka Dargah is a noteworthy 15th century mosque worth visiting.

Nagaur is also the venue of an annual cattle fair held in Jan/Feb. During the four-day festival, the town is thronged by cows, bullocks, oxen and camels escorted by turbaned sellers and eager buyers. Cock and bullfights, camels races, folk dances and music render further excitement of the fair.

Nagaur - Facts at a Glance

State : Rajasthan
Area : 17,718 sq. km
Temperature : 24°C - 46°C (Summers)
8°C - 22°C (Winters)
Rainfall : 36.16 cm
Language : Rajasthani, English, Hindi
Best Season : October-March
History of Nagaur

It was conferred upon Balban as his jagir in 1242. Sher Shah captured Nagaur in 1542 A.D. Nagaur was a sarkar (division) of Ajmer subah during Sur empire and later in Mughal empire. Emperor Akbar built the mosque here, and there is a shrine of the disciple of Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer.

Badal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal & Hadi Rani Mahal are worth seeing. All three have exquisite 18th century frescos on the ceilings. There is also fascinating medieval air cooling system and an ornate old hamam, or bath.

Attractions in Nagaur

Khwaja Hamiduddin ka Dargah - Also known as Tarkin ka Dargah, this mosque has an elaborately carved entrance. Inside, you are surrounded by graves, and right in front are two domed structures. The original domed stone cenotaph of Hamiduddin is to be found here. You will also find broken remnants of sandstone arches, pillars and other bits and pieces of days gone by.

Amar Singh Rathore-ki-Chhatri - A yellow sandstone cenotaph honours the valiant warrior Amar Singh , who  upheld his dignity in the
Khwaja Hamiduddin ka Dargah in Nagaur
face of odds. His footsteps are inscribed in the entrance next to which incense sticks are lit. There are some floral carvings on the pillars and ceiling, and surrounding it are pink sandstone cenotaphs in memory of his wives and other clan-members.
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