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
‑ 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
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.
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.