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Nagaur Fair

by Madhav Srinivasan 1735 days ago

Nagaur is a small town in Rajasthan located near the popular tourist destinations of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Nagaur hosts a camel and livestock fair in the first fortnight of February each year.

Cattle Fair at Nagaur

The cattle fair at Nagaur is the second biggest in Rajasthan after the Pushkar fair, and it is organized by the Animal Husbandry Department and the Rajasthan Tourism Department. In 2012, the fair is scheduled to be held between 30th January and 2nd February. Farmers from all over India, particularly from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, are regular visitors to the Nagaur Fair. Livestock, particularly cattle, camels and bullocks, is freely traded here. Over 70000 cattle and 25000 camels were traded at Nagaur during the 4 days of the fair in 2011. Nagaur bullocks are fleet footed and prized by farmers and a must visit event for those planning Rajasthan holiday trip

Bargaining is an accepted practice here and continues till such time that the buyer and seller arrive at an amicable price. The livestock dealers are experts who can size up the health and value of an animal with just a cursory examination.

Nagaur ‑ Things to see and do

·         While the livestock fair offers enough photographic opportunities, the fun and games begin after sundown. Camel races, Tug-of-war games and cock fights provide ample chances for the tourist to sample rustic entertainments. Folk musicians play enchanting melodies and folk dancers provide enchanting displays of the Ghair and Ghoomar dances.

·         The Sufi Music Festival slated to be held at Nagaur in 2012 during the time of the cattle fair; it is a sincere attempt to showcase the Sufi music tradition of this region.

·         The 800-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort is located here, and it has been restored to its former glory by the Mehrangarh Museum. The fort shows influences of Mughal and Rajput architecture, and it is the only fort in the region to have been continuously standing sentinel over the region since the 4th century.

·         The Lal Mirchi market at Nagaur is famous for its trade in spices, leather goods, ethnic jewellery and handicrafts.

Accommodation at Nagaur

Nagaur has 5 star luxury accommodations at the Ranvas Heritage Hotel. Bikaner and Jodhpur have a host of hotels to suit different budgets. There are three heritage hotels at Bikaner, which are restored palaces, and they offer the guest an unparalleled experience of royal Rajasthani hospitality. A trip to Bikaner is incomplete of you do not include a trip to Jaipur, which is the capital as well as most important city in Rajasthan. 

How to Reach Nagaur?

Nagaur is located in Central Rajasthan and 105 km from Bikaner by road. Jodhpur is at a distance of 140 km from Nagaur. State transport buses and private taxis regularly ply to Nagaur from both these places. The nearest airport is Jodhpur, while Bikaner is the nearest railhead.

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