Nagur is a town of two halves: the old and the new. Like many Indian towns, the new part is teeming with daily life but doesn’t offer too much to the traveller thirsting for cultural adventure. It is the old part, the 12th Century Ahhichatragarh Fort, that gets the heart pumping and sets your mind imagining the extraordinary people and scenes that have gone before you. And to take away any stress, Yonder has selected the perfect Nagaur hotel for you.
It is one of those genuinely fabulous discoveries you never quite expected. The old fort, perhaps more accurately described as a small walled town with a palace at its core, covers an area of approximately 35 acres. The outer sections today are vast fields of grass but when the fort was inhabited were the sites of thriving communities living within the town walls. Fortunately, the palace, complete with its ornate overhanging balconies, elegant colonnades and Mughal courtyards and water gardens has not crumbled, despite being completely abandoned.
There is much to be admired about the construction. From the ingenious water system to provide drinking water and power the fountains of the royal court, to the fort’s raw materials, largely red and brown sandstone which gives the whole area a feeling of grandeur.
The interior of the palace is, arguably, more impressive than the exterior. There are fine frescos on the walls in many of the rooms and intricate stone and wood carvings throughout. The sheer creativity that went into the construction is mind-boggling. The royal bedrooms and living rooms have irrigation systems through which water flows in channels down the walls and through the floor to provide cooling.
If you only do three things in Nagaur…
- Marvel at the intricately detailed frescoes on the walls and ceilings of the old palace.
- Get up onto the ramparts to discover the secret irrigation system that kept the fountains flowing and brought drinking water into the fort.
- Visit the royal baths to see how the ancient emperors enjoyed a life of luxury with hot water.
In fact, Nagur is so impressive that a number of international benefactors have clubbed together to kick start the restoration process. The Helen Hamlyn Trust and Getty Foundation as well as the Mehrangarh Trust run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur have combined forces to bring international conservationists to painstakingly uncover and restore the frescos and other beautiful features of this stunning palace.
Thoughts on a postcard
The fort at Nagaur is so far off the beaten track, we were the only people in the beautiful old palace. Amazingly, we had the place to ourselves. A surreal experience that was also absolutely fantastic.
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