Nathdwara is a town in Rajasthan, India. It is located on the banks of Banas River. This place is well known for Krishna Temple which is dates back to 12th century. Lord Krishna worshipped here in the form of Shrinathji. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. Idol was originally located at Mathura but later shifted from Govardhna hill with the intention to protect from anti Hindu Islamic Polices of Aurangzeb. Nathdwara means gate way to the lord.
This town is well known for terracotta products and Pichhwai Paintings. From more than 2000 years old this tradition of making these products is following by the local people. Meena work of Nathdwara must buy thing though it is expensive. Silver ornaments will be available at reasonable price. Janmashtami, Holi and Diwali celebrate so grandly in Nathdwara.
What to see in Nathdwara:
Shrinathji Temple: Lord Shrinathji incarnation of lord Krishna is worshipped here. Idol is 7 years old infant with Govardhan Hill on his hand. This temple was built in the shape of a house but not in the shape of the temple. Live Concerts present at this place at regular intervals to entertain the infant Lord. One of the most interesting this at this place is, during Royal Darshan in the noon, trumpets and drums will rang like old days and give the announcement as king entering into the court. Between 3.30 to 4.00 PM , visitors rush will be more as people believe that at this time lord Krishna wakes up at this time.
Eklingji: This temple belongs to Lord Shiva. It is best example for beautiful carvings, artistic work. It is one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva. 4 faced idol of Lord Shiva can be seen here. This temple belongs to 15th century. In the temple premises, 108 temples can be seen.
What to see around Nathdwara:
Charbhuja: It is located 14kms away from the town. Other name of this place is Gadbor. This is well known for its history. Charbhuja temple is the major attraction of this place. Structural designs of this temple are most beautiful. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This place is also famous for Victorian Past.
Kankroli dam: Major attractions of this place are marvellous chhathris of the former royal families. It is the best picnic spot for the natural lovers. It is located 72kms away from the town.
Dwarkadheesh: Major attraction of this place is Dwarkadheesh temple. Lord Dwarkadheesh incarnation of Lord Krishna is worshipped here. For the vaishnavites this is most famous place. It is located 20kms away from the town.
Getting to Nathdwara: Nathdwara is well connected with roadways. Both state run buses as well as private buses reach to this place. From Jaipur, Ajmer, Delhi, Pushkar, Udaipur etc buses reach to this place. Nearest railway head is located at Udaipur. This place is well connected with North India, Delhi and Jaipur. Taxis are available to reach the town from the railway station. Nearest airport is also located at Udaipur. From Udaipur to Rajasthan buses reach at regular intervals. Airport is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Kolkata. Taxis are also available to reach the destination from the airport.
Getting around Nathdwara: Walking is the best way to see the town. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Nathdwara.
Best time to visit Nathdwara: Best time to visit this place is between July to September.
Where to stay in Nathdwara: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay at this place. Along with hotels, Dharmashalas are also available to stay. Cost of deluxe rooms is Rs.1800. Cost of affordable rooms is Rs.20 to Rs.50. Luxury hotels is available at the cost of Rs.2500 to Rs.3500 per day.
Where to eat in Nathdwara: Restaurants are available to eat in Nathdwara. Most famous food of this place is Phaphda, Kand, Khaman. All sorts of jeera Golis are available here.