Nagaur is a historic city located in the state of Rajasthan and is said to have been founded by the Naga Kshatriyas. The city serves as the headquarters of the Nagaur District. It lies between the popular tourist destinations, Bikaner and Jodhpur. The history of this place can be traced back to the days of the great epic 'the Mahabharata'.
Though now it has lost much of it's former glory, the city even today attracts a large number of tourists who come here to relive its forgotten history. Here is a guide to this amazing town.
Nagaur Fort is a prime tourist attraction located in the Nagaur city. It is a beautiful sandy fortress believed to have been built in the 2nd century. This fort has witnessed plenty of battles during the bygone era. It is the best flat land fort in Rajasthan and is famous for its high walls and huge campus. Tourists can see many palaces, fountains, temples and beautiful gardens inside the fort. The Nagavanshis constructed this fort and later on, it was renovated by Mohammed Bahlim.
View of the Nagaur Fort.
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Hadi Rani Mahal is one of the most elegantly decorated palaces of Nagaur. The walls and ceilings of the palace are adorned with antique carvings and scriptures. Tourists can also see a beautiful collection of mural paintings inside the palace. Majority of the mural paintings depict the Queen Hadi Rani with her numerous attendants.
Tarkeen Dargah is an important religious centre located in Nagaur city and this shrine holds enormous religious significance among the Muslims. It is considered next to the Ajmer-e-Sharif Dargah and was constructed in memory of Khwaja Hamiduddin Nagauri who was one of the main disciples of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is visited by many Muslim pilgrims from nearby places who come here to pray to the lord and seek his blessings. Travellers coming here can explore the dargah and be mesmerised by its beauty.
Saiji ki Tanka is one of the popular tourist spots in Nagaur and is known for the Samadhi of the saint, Shri Saiji Maharaj. According to the locals, the saint spent his whole life silently praying to God, therefore the Thakurs, members of a Rajput clan, invited him to live here, so as to free the place from all evil spirits. This place is visited by large numbers of devotees who come to offer their prayers to the saint.
How to Reach Nagaur
By Air: The Jodhpur Airport is the nearest domestic airbase of Nagaur, at a distance of 140 km. This airport is connected to major Indian destinations like Mumbai, Delhi, and Jaipur by frequent flights.
By Rail: Nagaur has its own railway station which is connected to major Indian tourist destinations like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Delhi by frequent trains.
By Road: Tourists planning a holiday trip to Nagaur can reach the destination by buses from Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaipur. The capital city of Delhi is also well connected to the destination by regular bus services.
So when are you travelling to Nagaur?
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