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Honey Chitkara Mar 27 2014

How do I explore Nagaur in one day?

Benazir Khan Mar 27 2014
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One of the labyrinthine, narrow lanes leading out from Gandhi Chowk will take your car to the Jain Kaanch ka Mandir. It houses large-eyed, marble tirthankaras, their images multiplied a thousand times in the bits of coloured glass covering the walls, pillars and ceilings. The sight is even more remarkable in the evening, by
lamplight. Bansiwale ka Mandir, nearby, has a series of huge courtyards.

Inside are idols of Krishna and Radha, whose attire is changed for the jhanki
(viewing), which takes place a number of times during the day. Khwaja Hamiduddin ka Dargah, also known as Tarkin ka Dargah, is a mosque with an elaborately carved entrance. Inside, you are surrounded by graves, and right
in front are two domed structures that are clearly modern. It is behind them
that you will find the original domed stone cenotaph of Hamiduddin.


A photo of the shrine of Khwajaji (by Shahnoor Habib Munmun)

To one side, there is a dharamshala with one locked room. Peep in to see the broken remnants of sandstone arches, pillars and other bits and pieces. The Bade Pir Sahib ki Dargah was built in memory of a popular saint and disciple of Ajmer’s famous Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, after whom The Dargah Complex is dedicated. This mosque is one of the oldest in Nagaur and a major attraction.

Nagaur cattle fair

Nagaur is known for its fine cattle and, not surprisingly, one of the largest cattle
fairs of the region is held here, between January and February each year. It’s a
hectic few days of trading bulls, calves, cows and camels. Cattle and camel races
and cockfights are also held during that time, according to the lunar calendar, to
coincide with the Ramdeoji Fair.


A photo of Nagaur Fort (by Rituraj.bharti)

SHOPPING

At first sight, the lanes of the old town surrounding Gandhi Chowk seem
straight out of some medieval souk, bustling with activity and colour. Though none of the wares are meant for tourists, you can still pick up some nice clay cooking pots for a song. The local fabrics are quite interesting too, and the patterns are likely to be very bright.

WHERE TO STAY

As yet, Nagaur is not equipped to handle tourists in large numbers and its
handful of ‘hotels’ are merely tiny hovels that cater to the needs of unfortunate travelling salesmen who come to top up the town’s supply of washing powders and toilet soaps. Therefore, unless you’re in for the spiffy experience of camping in the 15 luxury tents (with attached baths!) of Royal Camp.

(Jodhpur Tel: +91-291-2572321-27,
Mob: 08875004150;
Tariff: INR 12,500-14,500, with all meals.

They are pitched on the old polo ground within Ahchitragarh Fort, it’s best to stay in Khimsar (40 km). The state highways are excellent, and you can commute back and forth easily.

WHERE TO EAT

If you are staying at Ahchitragarh, food won’t be a problem. There are no fullfledged restaurants in Nagaur. All you’ll find are simple eating houses. If
you are here on a day trip, carry a picnic hamper. The bhojanalayas, though, are not a bad choice if you don’t mind spicy food and strictly veg fare. If you are lucky, they will serve a local speciality such as sangri (dried beans) or gwarphali (cluster beans), with hot rotis.

The best you can do here is Jai Gopal Chhaganlal, right on the main road where you have a choice of samosas and kachoris, cream rolls, chaat in the evenings, and the best rasmalai I have ever tasted. The bhojanalaya right beside it could be
your ticket for a fuller meal.

AROUND NAGAUR

Khimsar (40 km)


A photo of Khimsar Fort (by Khimsarfort)

This thikana, or fiefdom, paid allegiance to the kingdom of Marwar, though tales
are told of how it tried to establish itself separately. There is also a rumour that
Aurangzeb once visited this village as a guest of the thakur, but there seems
little validity in the claim, even though a part of the fortified castle is named
after him. The castle, or Khimsar Fort.

Tel: +91-1585-262345-49,
Jaipur Tel: +91-141-2229700,
Mob: +91-91667-53055;
Tariff: INR 8,500-12,500,

is now a Welcom Heritage property. It has a charming ambience, and the meals and entertainment tend to be quite splendid. Part of the package includes camel and jeep safaris to view blackbuck and gazelle. They also arrange puppet and magic shows at Khimsar Fort.

Nokha (57 km)

Though one of the largest wholesale markets for wool and grain, Nokha is
famous for its quilts, which rival Jaipur’s. It’s a mystery why these quilts,
despite being so light, are so warm. Apparently the trick lies in the quality
of dhunai, or the whisking of the cotton that goes in to fill a quilt.


A photo of Bikaner (by Archan dave)

No more than a kilogram of cotton is used for a large quilt and this is fluffed so fine that it traps air not just in layers but also between the fibre. The trapped air is
what makes these so warm.

The only difference is that Jaipur quilts are handstitched, whereas they use machines in Nokha. You can pick these up very cheap here; it’s an easy stopover since Nokha is on the Nagaur- Bikaner Road.

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