THROWBACK IN TIME
This wasn’t a well-planned tour, last minute tickets hastily bought to view the famous cattle fair in Nagaur and its historical fort. I charted out the entire plan on my train journey and next day I was at humble Nagaur station, with my disbelieving eyes drinking in the sights, assuring myself I was still in this century. ‘The town looks ancient,’ I thought, and it was teeming with crowds coming to attend the cattle fair at the beginning of February. Nagaur is in the arid northwest of India’s largest state, Rajasthan. Bordering the Thar desert, most of the cityscape had been painted a royal yellow, with a magnificent Fort standing in the middle of the city, and the city walls echoing legends from time immemorial and the fort reflecting its glory and valour.
I was soon drawn into a history lesson by my chauffeur as we drove to the hotel in the fort. A major draw for anyone seeking an immersion in courtly history, Nagaur grew from a strategic trading point to the centre of Rajputana power in its heyday. Naguar lived under the influence of conquerors from vastly different cultures. Over time it gained a distinct Rajputmughal architectural design as gardens, temples and fountains were added. Passing
Tank inside Nagaur Fort