The quaint Nathdwara town is surrounded by the great Aravalli Hills in
the centre of the state of Rajasthan, alongside the Banas River and has immense
natural beauty. The meaning of Nathdwara is ‘The Gateway to God’ and is a
famous Hindu pilgrimage site, visited by thousands each year, for religious and
tourism purposes. Nathdwara also holds fame for its traditional style
Rajasthani Pichwai Paintings and terracotta creations. The town is known as a
centre for traditional art, handicrafts and artefacts.
The name Nathdwara specifically translates to the phrase ‘Gateway to
Shrinathji’ based on the famous temple that is located there. For foodies as
well, there are plenty of attractions in Nathdwara as there are numerous food
options available. Overall, Nathdwara has striking architecture and great
religious importance, attracting all types of tourists.
More on Nathdwara
Lord Krishna’s Abode
Located on the
banks of the Banas River, Nathdwara is a picturesque town surrounded by
numerous ancient temples. The mesmerizing surroundings, the backdrop of the
Aravalli Hills and ancient temples further enhance Nathdwara’s image as the
gateway to the gods.
History of Nathdwara
The origins of
Nathdwara are traceable from 1665. At the time, a 14th-century idol of
Shrinathji, a 7-year old form of Lord Krishna, was seated in Mathura’s
Vrindavan. However, when the Mughal Emperor of the time, Aurangzeb, began
plundering Mathura, the heads of the community decided that it would be better
to move the Shrinathji idol to a safer place away from the destruction and
wrath of Aurangzeb. For 6 months, the idol was kept in Agra and then travelling
began again. According to legend, when the idol was being moved across
Nathdwara, the bullock carts that were transporting the idol stopped and would
not move further. The priest stopped, believing this to be a sign that Lord
Krishna wished for the idol to stay there. A temple was constructed and soon a
township also grew around the temple area, to later become known as Nathdwara.
Restaurants and Local Food in Nathdwara
Foodies need to
look no further than Nathdwara, which is an absolute paradise for those fond of
trying tasty foods. In between the temple darshan timings, there is ample time
to squeeze in time to eat. There are plenty of roadside food stalls and street
food options offering a variety of delicious vegetarian as well as
non-vegetarian food options. Specialities of Nathdwara are khaman and thandai.
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One Day Itinerary
Arrive in Nathdwara
city and begin your day by visiting the Shrinathji temple, the central
attraction of the town. Next, you can continue to the Rakht Talai, the location
of the famous Haldighati battle. A museum is next to the Rakht Talai, where you
can explore and view statues of some of the famous warriors. Later in the
evening, make a trip to the Dwarkadheesh temple that is considered to be the
most significant temple for the Vaishnavas.