Nathdwara is renowned as the “Abode of Srinathji”, situated at the bank of river Banas. The lives of people here revolve around the Lord and it is common to be here to greeted with “Hare Krishna” or “Jaya Sri krishna”.
It was in the holy land of Vrindavan where Shrinathji’s idol was originally enshrined. During the destructive range of Aurangzeb, Rana Raj Singh decided to take Shrinathji to a safer place. While being taken to the decided place, the chariot miraculously stopped at Nathdwara and it was believed that the spot was chosen by the lord himself. It was then that the beautiful temple of Shrinathji was built in this city.
The idol is carved out of a large black stone, representing the incarnation of Shri Krishna lifting the “Govardhan Parbat”, along with images of two cows, a snake, parrot, lion and two peacocks imprinted on it.
Nathdwara is frequented by devotees from all over the country during the festivals of Holi, Janmashtmi and Diwali. Another significant festival celebrated zealously in this town is Annakutta.
Not only this, Nathdwara is also popular for its flavoursome sweets, “Pichwai” paintings and ivory items. The famous Pichwai paintings wonderfully portray the artist’s love for Lord Krishna, hence making it a unique artform.
How to reach Nathdwara
There is no airport in Nathdwara. The nearest one is Maharana Pratap airport or Dabok airport, located at a distance of 60 Kilometers from Nathdwara. From the airport, you can easily avail bus or taxi services.
Nathdwara is well connected with all major cities via roadways. You can conveniently drive to this city from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahemdabad, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and so on or can avail bus services from these cities as well.
- Udaipur to Nathdwara: 46 Kilometers
- Chittorgarh to Nathdwara: 107 Kilometers
- Ahmedabad to Nathdwara: 305 Kilometers
- Jaisalmer to Nathdwara: 485 km
- Delhi to Nathdwara: 619 Kilometers
There is no railway station in Nathdwara while there are 2 railway stations located near by. The nearest one is Mavli Jn. situated 30 Kilometers from Nathdwara while the other one is located 50 Kilometers away, the Udaipur City Railway Station. Even though Mavli Jn. isn’t a major station, all trains stop at Udaipur City Railway Station.
Commuting Within Nathdwara
Going around the city is not a problem. You can easily hire rickshaws, buses, taxis, tempos or cabs to commute within Nathdwara.