Tourism in IdarIdar is a beautiful and ancient town in north of Gujarat siting in the lap of Aravali mountain range. Idar was founded in the year 1200 A.D and thus it being an ancient town , it has many heritage structures. Not only this, Idar has rocky winding lanes going through the town which makes it even more interesting to explore.
Tourism in IdarIdar has many tourist spots as it has a rich and long ancient history. The places of interest here are divided into two parts, One of which is in the town and other in the fort. The entry to the town is through a 3 storeyed clock tower. You can see a huge arch ad top which is semi circular. On both the sides of the road are colorful market with the road ending at the foot of the Idar fort. A tourist can find the following places here:
Shree Pavapuri Temple in Idar
Idargadh Fort in IdarIdar used to be surrounded by a brick wall and a road passes through by a stone gateway. This gateway is marked with many red hands which portrays victims of sati. The Idargadh fort is well fortified, rocky and steep. One of the roads running round the town leads to the Gantino Darwajo. This is a gateway giving access to the main route to Rajasthan in past. The fort today is however in shambles. This fort also has 'Roothi Rani no Mahal' which is built at the highest peak of the hill however its inaccessible. This was built for Rao narayanji's queen for her lack of trust in him.
Idargadh was conquered by Akbar, however Rao Narayanji wanted to regain his lost throne. The queen showed disinterest and didnt trust him that he would come back to the throne. This annoyed the raja, who refused to see her face after regaining the throne. Thus, Rani built a seperate dwelling on top of the hill where she stayed for the rest of their lives.
Old Palace in IdarThe old palace is located immediately under the hill at the end of the town. Dolatsingh is said to have built this palace in early twentieth century. You can see some fine magnificent piece of architecture with intricate and convoluted carved balconies with some heavy designs and ornamentation on the architecture. However this magnificent palace wears a abandoned look now. This seven storeyed structure still gives a glimpse of the past grandeur which can be seen in the amazing staircases, balconies, terraces, and many courtyards. The view from the top of the palace is breathtaking.
Jain Temples in Idar
Other Temples in IdarThere is a cave temple of Khokhanath Mahadev which is situated at the foot of the fort which is partly ruined. This temple is about 400 years old. Towards south of the town is located the cave temple of Dhaneshvar Mahadev. Another temple on the hill is the cave of Mankaleshvar Mahadev
Harishchandra Ki Chouri in IdarThis is the place where the famous Raja Harishchandra got married
Kharadi Bazaar in IdarThis is the famous market of toys in Idar. All sorts of colourful toys are available here in Kharadi bazaar.
Rani Talav in Idar
Chaturbhuj Stepwell in IdarThis stepwell has a rectangular kund at the end of steps. There is a beautiful elephant statue as well.
This ancient city is a delight for history lovers. Not only this, Idar is well known for its colourful toys. So do not forget to buy some toys as souvenir for your loved ones. Idar is unlike any other city and each and every part of Idar has something interesting to explore.So plan your trip to Idar and enjoy the unique feel in this city.
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