Here, you’ll find a list of all the places to visit in Nathdwara.
A one hour drive from Udaipur will directly transport you into the ‘Gateway of Lord’: Nathdwara, this God’s town is located at a distance of 48kms from the Udaipur city centre. It is also well renowned as ‘Apollo of Mewar’, the Nathdwara town’s name depict the religious existence of the town, as Shrinath Ji temple attracts far-flung devotees to the town.
Apart from the Shrinath Ji Temple, there are several other places in Nathdwara that must be visited on your trip to the town. Most of these places are soaked with religious value and rich history along with the backdrop of the scenic Aravalli range.
Best Places to Visit in Nathdwara
Shrinath Ji Temple
The foremost place to be visited in Nathdwara is the Shrinath Ji Temple where a 7 year old incarnation of Lord Krishna is worshipped which is dated back to 14th century. The amusing story behind the saying that ‘The Lord chose his spot himself’ is that the Shrinath Ji idol has to be shifted from Vrindhavan in 1655 when Aurangzeb started vandalising Hindu Temples, it was then transferred to Agra where it stayed for 6 months. Later through a bullock cart it was being taken to the Kingdom of Mewar, but the tires of the cart got stuck in mud at the Sinhad village. The priests then decoded that the Lord has chosen his spot and will be worshipped at that particular spot in the Shrinath Ji Temple.
Each day at the Darshan Timings, people flock at the temple to catch a glimpse of the lord.
Shree Vallabh Ashram
The Vallabh Ashram in Nathdwara is a hub of information about Lord Shrinath Ji, Shree Vallabhacharya, and Shree Girija Ji. This Ashram will educate you more about the lord and take you to a trip in the history. Mouth-watering Syrups and Sharbats must be tasted that are served by the Shree Vallabh Ashram. The Ashram is also equipped with a small theatre that showcases a short documentary on the Shrinath Ji Temple. There are also cozy rooms available here that can be rented out on your trip to Nathdwara.
The Goverdhan Parvat that Krishna Ji lifted in Vrindhavan holds a significant religious space for Hindus, a similar mountain can be visited near the Shrinath Ji Temple Nathdwara. People walk around this mountain which is called as ‘Parikrama’, this path is decorated with lights and flowers.
Shrinath Ji Gau Shala
It is believed that Shrinath Ji used to love spending his time with the cows in the Gau Shala, hence it is situated 3kms from the Shrinath Ji Temple. This Gau Shala takes care of around 2000 cows, with the help of 50 staff members who are called ‘Gwalas’. It is said that a devotee’s visit is incomplete without spending some time in the Gau Shala.
A lush garden located on the opposite of the Giriraj Parikrama, it is beautifully lit with lights and fountains act as an attraction. There is also a museum in the garden premises called as ‘Shreemad Vallabh Sanghralay’ that showcases various accessories of Thakur Ji and also his vehicles.
Statue of Belief – Tallest Shiv Idol
One can easily spot the tallest Shiva Idol as soon as they step in the holy town of Nathdwara, this idol is under construction right now, and is projected to be 351 feet tall. The construction of this statue was started in 2012, and soon will be completed. There will be 3 galleries installed in the statue on distinct levels.
The Nandsamand Dam acts as the source of water for the Nathdwara town, one can visit the dam for fresh windy environment and experience the nature’s beauty.
It is a holy Ganesh Ji’s Temple with a lush garden maintained well with the slides establishing it as one of the best picnic spots. One can look around at the scenic Aravalli range from the temple and admire its beauty.
Start planning your trip to the God’s town of Nathdwara now!
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I didn’t know Nathdwara was so close to Udaipur. I was there a week back. Would love to explore such an interesting place.