The Town of Nathadwara

The small town of Nathadwara lies in Rajasthan's Aravalli hills, on the banks of the Banas River.  The river often dries to a mere trickle in the summer, but during the rainy monsoon season the countryside grows green and lush, and the Banas fills with water.

The town is typical of this region of north India. The stone or brick houses have thick, whitewashed walls that keep the interior cool in the summer heat. During the winter months the warmest place is a sunny roof, and a favourite winter pastime for children is flying kites from the rooftops.

Although Nathadwara may look like other Rajasthani towns, it is set apart by its importance as a great pilgrimage centre and as the home of a large community of traditional artists.

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