About Nagaur | Tourist Attractions in Nagaur | How To Reach Nagaur | Where To Stay in Nagaur | Where To Shop in Nagaur
The picturesque town of Nagaur lies in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner. The dull sandy stretch of Thar desert surrounds it. The city itself has three main entrances called the Delhi gate, the Tripolia gate, and the Nakash gate.
The early history of Nagaur before the advent of the Mughals is intermingled with the exploits of the Sultans of Delhi, Gujarat and Marwar, who contended for its possession because of its strategic location. It was later included in the Mughal empire and became a 'Sarkar' (Division) under Ajmer Subah (province), yielding annual revenue of about ten lakhs of rupees.
Nagaur is the fifth largest district in Rajasthan with a vast topography spreading over 17,718 sq. kms. Its landscape is a good combination of plain, hills, sand mounds & it is also a part of the great Indian Thar Desert.
Nagaur is a fortified desert city where the focal point is the fort itself. The Muslim influences is apparent in the important monuments here. Akbar's five-domed mosque and Shams Masjid. The fort is medium sized and there are portions in it which have been built by Akbar and Shah Jahan. The Mugal Style gardens have been given special attention. Even in its present condition it remains its attractiveness. Nagaur is best visited in February for the Nagaur Fair and the Tejaji gair in August.
Tourist Attractions in Nagaur
Nagaur Fort | Tarkeen Dargah | Jain Temple in Glass | Saiji ka Tanka | Exquisite Chhatris (Cenotaphs) | Hamiddudin Nagauri's Tomb
Nagaur Fort (Ahhichatragarh Fort)
The Nagaur Fort, located in the heart of the town is said to the best example of a Bhumi Durg (land fort) in Rajasthan. Protected by massive gates and ramparts on all sides, this magnificent fort houses a number of palaces, temples, mosques, gardens, fountains open terraces, and pleasure gardens dating back to the Mughal times. Handi Rani Palace, Deepak Mahal, Amar Singh Mahal, Shah Jahani Mosque, Krishna Mandir and Ganesh Mandir are some of the beautiful palaces within the fort.
The Nagaur Fort has Three Main Gates: Sireh Pol - The outermost gate has heavy wooden doors fitted with iron spikes to prevent elephant charge. Beech Ka Pol - This is the second gate of the impressive fort and Kacheri Pol - The last gate is known so because it housed the judiciary of Nagaur in ancient times.
This is the dargah of Khwaja Hamiduddin Nagauri, who was also one of the chief disciples of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer. This is also a very sacred place for the Sufis.
Jain Temple in Glass:
A very sacred place for the Jain community, this temple is built of glass and is indeed a great display of master craftsmanship.
Saiji ka Tanka:
It is the Samadhi of a renowned saint, inspires the liberation of the soul with simplicity and truthfulness and a symbol of communal harmony.
Exquisite Chhatris (Cenotaphs):
The outskirts of the city houses some beautiful cenotaphs, the most outstanding of which are the Sawan and Bhadon Cenotaphs which commemorate the seasons monsoon and autumn respectively. Hardly surprising in a place which is dry and arid that rainfall was much sought after.
There is also a cenotaph dedicated to Amar Singh, the king which reclaimed Nagaur from the Mughals. 4km from the town in the village of Tausar is a cenotaph of the Maratha General Appaji
Hamiddudin Nagauri's Tomb:
The most famous of the tombs is the mausoleum of Qazi Hamiddudin Nagauri. The mausoleum is considered to be one of the finest in western Rajasthan. The gateway to the shrine is magnificent and almost a monument in its own right. This Sufi saint came to Rajputana from Baghdad. There is a mosque within the complex which is said to be in possession of some unspecified holy relic brought by the Qazi (cleric) from Baghdad
The festival of Urs (commemoration of the death anniversary of a saint) is also held here and attracts devotees to his dargah (shrine) from all over the country. Sufi saints like Hamiddudin came to India before the Turkish conquest which began in the latter half of the 12th century.
Unlike the mission of the invaders, the Sufis purpose was that of universal peace. They were great spiritualists, and Hindus as well as Muslims were attracted to their movement because adherents of other religions did not have to renounce their faith to pray at their shrines. The Sufi saints were known for their tolerance and liberal outlook.
How To Reach Nagaur
Fly Away: The nearest airport is at Jodhpur (137 km) from Nagaur.
On Tracks: Nagaur town is well connected by a broad gauge line with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner and Delhi. Total length of railway line within the district is 384 km.
On Wheels: Regular buses operate from Nagaur to Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur and Delhi.
Where To Stay in Nagaur
Please visit our exclusive section on Hotels in Nagaur to find the best accommodation in Nagaur.
Where To Shop in Nagaur
Nagaur is famous for wooden items, iron crafts and leather accessories.
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