Steeped in the history of many royals battling for power and acquisition of land, Nagaur in Rajasthan is like a page out of a history book. Believed to have been founded by the Naga Kshatriyas back in 4th century BC, Nagaur also found mention in the mythological epic Mahabharat
Legend has it that Arjuna conquered Nagaur and gifted it to his Guru Dronacharya. Located centrally amongst tourist-centric cities like Bikaner and Jodhpur, Nagaur is dotted with imposing historic monuments that tell tales of eras gone by. Against the dry, sandy landscape of this desert city, these structures truly stand out and add a charming character to it. From the Chauhans and the Rathores to the Rajputs and the Mughals, many influential kingdoms have ruled this land, each leaving indelible marks on the cityscape. However, the strongest impact was perhaps left by the Rajputs and Mughals, as evident in the architecture of all of the major monuments. Nagaur is probably best known for the Nagaur Fort, also known as Ahicchatragarh Fort, which translates into the ‘fort of the hooded cobra’. This fort, a magnificent example of the Rajput-Mughal architecture, was built in the early 12th century and has undergone major renovations over the years. Today, it is a huge tourist attraction, replete with many buildings, manicured gardens, fountains, and a venue that hosts an annual Sufi festival.There are a number of other notable forts in Nagaur that warrant a visit as well. The Khinvsar Fort, Kuchaman Fort and Khatu Fort are a few you can head to for a slice of history, architecture and some epic views of the surroundings.Of course, Nagaur would be incomplete without ancient temples on its cityscape. The Meera Bai Temple in Merta is over 400 years old and is believed to be very sacred. Many believe that this temple can turn poison into amrit, or holy water. Local transport is fairly easily available in Nagaur. You can opt for cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, buses and taxis that can all be hailed from the streets. Hire a private taxi, preferably with a tour guide, and go sightseeing at your own leisure.Summers are harsh in Nagaur so avoid traveling during that time. During other seasons, always carry a scarf to protect yourself from the sun and dust.Beware of touts posing as guides, and politely but firmly refuse offers of being shown around local sites.
Nagaur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur at a distance of 125kms.
Airports: Jodhpur Airport
There is no regular trains to Nagaur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Bikaner which is located at a distance of 100kms.