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Nagaur Fair, Nagaur
Also called as the Cattle Fair, is the 2nd largest animal fair of
India. Thousands of animals are gathered at the cattle fair for trading.
Traders come to buy and sell cows, bullocks (Nagauri breed is renowned),
oxen and camels.
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Various games are organized during this four day festival. Tug-of-war,
camel races, cock fights etc. provide entertainment to the tourists
and visitors. As the sun goes down, a joyous atmosphere is created
by the folk music and dance, whose voices echo far and wide across
the tranquil desert sand.
It was bestowed upon Balban as his jagir in 1242. Sher Shah captured
Nagaur in 1542 A.D. Nagaur was a sarkar of Ajmer subah during Sur
empire and later in Mughal empire. Emperor Akbar built the mosque
here, and there is a shrine of the disciple of Mu'inuddin Chishti
Badal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal & Hadi Rani Mahal are worth seeing.
All three have exquisite 18th century frescos on the ceilings. There
is also fascinating medieval air cooling system and an ornate old
hammam, or bath.
By Bus & Rail
You will get regular buses from Jodhpur to Nagaur. Nagaur is also
connected by bus from other cities of Rajasthan. You can also take
private taxi from Jodhpur.