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Nathdwara Tourism

Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills, the charming town of Nathdwara is literally translates to "The Gateway of the Lord'. It is situated in the heart of Rajasthan, on the banks of river Banas and is a pristine picturesque location. It is also a sacred Hindu site and is flocked by thousands of tourists every year. Nathdwara is also famous for "Pichwai Paintings" which are traditional Rajasthani style paintings and terracotta work. It is considered the hub of traditional handicrafts, arts and artefacts.

This town also owes its name to this famous temple given the fact that Nathdwara literally translates to 'Gateway to Shrinathji'. This place is also considered to be a foodie's paradise with a lot of options available for the tourists. All in all, Nathdwara is a wealthy town in terms of its architecture and religious significance.

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Nestled beautifully amongst the Aravallis, Nathdwara is situated on the banks of the River Banas. The name "Nathdwara" can be attributed to the "Entrance of the Lord". This mesmerising town is surrounded by a wide range of ancient temples, truly looking like the threshold of Lord's abode.

The history of Nathdwara can be traced back to 1665. Back in those times the idol of Shrinathji- which is a 14th century, 7 years old infant’ incarnation of Lord Krishna, was originally seated in Vrindavan, Mathura. When Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb began philandering the city, the community heads decided that it was time to move the idol to a safer place to escape the wrath and destruction of the king. The idol stayed in Agra for around 6 months before it started travelling again. While travelling through Nathdwara, it is believed, that the bullock carts carrying Lord Krishna’s idol halted and refused to move any further. The priest saw this as a sign of Lord Krishna’s will to stay there. Hence, a temple was built there and gradually a township developed around the area, which later came to be known as Nathdwara- “Gateway to Lord’s Abode”.

Nathdwara is a foodie's paradise. Funnily, eating is a hobby of this town. Roadside food stalls famous for their yummy, scrumptious and delicious on-the-street food are flooded with people in between darshan timings. Be it vegetarian or non vegetarian, everyone's hunger needs are looked after here. The thandai and the khaman are the specialties here.

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Arrive in the city and start off by visiting the centre attraction- the temple of Shrinathji. Once you have paid homage to the sacred site, you can proceed to Rakht Talai- where the famous battle of Haldighati was fought. You can also find a museum just next to it, which houses the statues of famous warriors. In the evening you can visit the Dwarkadheesh temple, which is the most important temple of the Vaishnavas.

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9 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- There is a scam going on where some people approach you promising VIP darshan for a small fee. Do not fall into it. There would be more than 2000 people even in VIP darshan and it is just a way to extort money.- Photography is strictly prohibited in the main Shrinathji temple premises.

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Picturesque scenery. Great place for Pilgrimage.

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Has extreme weather with hot summers and cold winters. Not much to explore apart from the temples.

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Nathdwara is a great place for pilgrims and devotees of Lord Krishna.

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How to Reach Nathdwara

You can travel to Nathdwara by air, rail, or road. The nearest airport is located in Udaipur from where taxis and bus services are easily available to reach Nathdwara. Buses are also regularly avai... (Read More)

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Answer: You can take train such as Chetak express and Mewar superfast express from Nizamuddin railway station to Mavli Junction. From Mavli Junction a train goes to Nathdwara at 7am morning. Also, you can also take bus from Mavli Junction to Nathdwara.

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