Nagaur is a city in Rajasthan, India. It is the capital of Nagaur District. Another name for it is the village "Khatwan". Nagaur does not see a lot of tourists. The city is quite clean and features several city garden parks.
Most of the people are very friendly and genuine, but have had little interaction with tourists. There have been incidents of rock throwing and other untoward behavior by locals who feel ignored or disrespected.
There is not a lot of tourism opportunities in the city. Travelers on a schedule should probably plan only one or one-half day to see the city.
Nagaur lies approximately midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner. You can reach the city by rail or bus.
Shared taxis ply around the city. Most sites are reachable for 10 INR. If you plan to catch a bus out of town, tell the driver which bus you are taking since the buses stage on the highway.
- Nagaur Fort, city centre. This is a very well preserved fort/palace where water features used to be the big thing. This includes rainwater harvesting, outdoor pools and tanks, water channels on top of the walls leading from a camel-driven well to the palace, and indoor waterfalls and rivers. Of course it's all dry now. The whole place is quiet and peaceful. It's certainly worth a visit. Allow two hours. 2018 Tickets to enter the fort cost 100INR, plus additional costs for cameras, video, etc. edit
- Old city architecture. There are old havelis located throughout the city. Most of them are located in the area of Azad Chowk and Hathi Chowk. edit
- Cattle Fair, just outside Nagaur town. This is the second biggest cattle fair in India(?) and is held at the end of Jan - check on the internet for exact dates, as it's fixed by the moon, so is different every year. The fairground is about 2km south west of the town on the road which leads to Jodhpur, so an easy tuk-tuk ride. You'll see hundreds of cattle and hundreds of camels, and lots of rustic Rajasthani farmers camping with fires, bright turbans, trade stalls, horses, buffalo…many amazing photo opportunities. The official Rajasthan government tourism website listed the wrong dates for the 2018 fair. Don't rely solely on online dates if you plan to attend. It might be best to call a hotel owner and ask for clarification. free. edit
There are a number of small dhabas near the railway station, and just north of the railway station.
There is a wine shop just outside the railway station.
Nagaur has very few hotels. Prices for a basic room are much higher than you would find in neighboring cities of Pushkar, Jodhpur, Bikaner, or Jaisalmer.
- Hotel Mahaveer International, Vijay Vallabh Chowk, Ajmer Road, ☎ +91 1582 244158 ([email protected], fax: +91 1582 243158), . edit
- Raj Inn, 50m from Railway Station (Leaving the station, turn left. The Raj Inn is a tall, modern block with about 6 floors and tinted windows), . This is a clean, friendly and modern hotel with a good restaurant and WiFi. Probably the best hotel in Nagaur. Very close to the station and the market and a short ride from the cattle fair. edit