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Padharo Nawalgarh, The Vibrant City In Rajasthan

Padharo Sa Maare Desh’ says a very popular Rajasthani song. It is the epitome of being a gracious host and invites everyone to come see the wondrous state. If you love tasty food, marvelous architecture and vibrant artifacts, then you must plan a trip to Rajasthan. Top among the places to visit is Nawalgarh, a tiny town in the state.

Rajasthan had several dynasties in the early ages. These dynasties were full of strong, rich leaders who built sturdy forts and expensive palaces. Each palace or Haveli was a staggering display of wealth and power. It was the princes and the families that founded towns and villages. Most of the smaller towns didn’t even exist till a ruler or King built a fort on it. As it is a desert, the living conditions were harsh and brutal. Water was scarce and the weather was terrible. The families hired intelligent architects and engineers who ensured the conditions were habitable. They built the palaces and Havelis using stone, marble and brick. The marble allowed it to be cool and pleasant inside and the stone could withstand damage and enemy attacks. The engineers found wells and dams that would provide entire cities and towns with water. The villages or towns were then named after the ruler or King who founded them. Thus it was Maharaja Nawal Singh who established the princely town of Nawalgarh.

Nawalgarh photo
“Photo of MorakaHaveliNawalgarh” by Saurabh Chatterjee under CC BY 2.0

If you are an adventurous tourist and want to do something unconventional, this is it. Away from the overcrowded and expensive cities such as Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur, this town is a getaway you will be thankful for. The town of Nawalgarh is accessible by all major forms of transportation such as road, air and train. Direct flights from major cities of India are available to Jaipur. Jaipur airport is at a distance of 100 kilometres from Nawalgarh. You can catch a taxi or bus to the town after landing at the airport. Trains run regularly from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to Jaipur. From Jaipur you can catch a connecting train. If you are planning a road trip, then you can fly or take a train to any big city in Rajasthan and hire a cab from there. The roads are clean, comfortable and safe to travel. The location of the town in a desert can tell you that the weather is always going to be tricky. October to early March is a decent time to visit as the days don’t get too hot and the nights are cool and chilly. The town of Nawalgarh is one of the few planned places in Rajasthan.

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Like any other princely town, the first thing to be built was the fort. The town then started to be settled in and around the fort. The layout of the town, the markets, the residences, and the commercial areas hint at a smartly built town. The fort was built in 1678 AD and is in a dire state today due to lack of maintenance. Offices and banks take up place instead of the royal family in the Fort but you can always take a walk around to see the place. The Roop Niwas Palace is a much better and well maintained Palace. It is a heritage hotel complete with a spectacular garden that is a thing of beauty even today. There is only one Haveli in all of Nawalgarh which is the Anandi Lal Podar Haveli. Built in the early 19th century, it has now been converted into a school. The building still houses most of the original artwork which can be viewed by travelers and tourists. Nawalgarh also hosts the annual Shekhawati Festival every February. The festival is a showcase of the many murals, artworks, frescoes and paintings in the havelis and palaces in the Shekhawati district.

Featured Photo of Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel by michael clarke stuff under CC BY-SA 2.0 

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