‘Nathdwara’, meaning ‘Gateway to Shrinathji’, is a beautiful town that is situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town is popular among tourists mainly due to its Shrinathji Temple, which draws a large number of tourists throughout the year. The temple forms an imperative part of Nathdwara sightseeing as it holds an idol of Shrinathji, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The idol was originally enshrined in Mathura, but later it was transferred to Nathdwara to prevent it from any destruction from Aurangzeb, an anti-Hindu Mughal ruler. According to myths, the Shrinathji Temple was built in the 17th century under the reign of Maharana Raj Singh.
Some tourists visit the town to explore various Nathdwara attractions, while some come here to attend colourful festivals like Holi, Annakutta, Diwali and Janmashtami. Being in this town, they must not forget to taste mouth-watering milk-made sweets and shop for magnificent paintings.
Apart from the temple and festivals, Nathdwara is famous for 'Pichhwai' paintings, which are drawn on cloths with themes displaying the major events of Shrinathji's life. The city is home to many talented artists who have been painting Shrinathji's illustrations for many years. Several books have been written based on these paintings and the prominent artists.
While on a Nathdwara tour, tourists can plan a trip to Udaipur, which is known for its attractions like Bada Mahal, City Palace, Dil Kushal and Fateh Sagar Lake. If time permits, they can also head towards Jodhpur, which is a popular travel destination of Rajasthan state.