Nagaur is an old city. The Mahabharata, India’s great epic, mentions it as the kingdom of Ahichhatrapur which Arjuna conquered and gave to his guru Dronacharya.
Ahhichatragarh, “fort of the hooded cobra”, was first built in the 4th century CE but was altered over time.
The present structure is a masterpiece of Rajput-Mughal architecture. After living through several Mughal dynasties, Ahhichatragarh belonged to the Maharajas of Jodhpur from the 17th century on.
Within the fort is a magnificent palace with delicate wall paintings, as well as mosques, temples, terraces opening onto pleasure gardens, pools and fountains. Parts of the fort have been converted into a luxury hotel.
Over the past 20 years the fort has been meticulously restored at the instigation of Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the Getty Foundation and the Helen Hamlyn Trust. It has won a special Unesco award for its pioneering renovation standards, involving a blend of modern scientific techniques and traditional building methods.