The small city of Nathdwara on the banks of Banas river in Rajasthan is full of religious sentiment. Cuddled in the Aravalli hills, it is popular for being home to Shrinathji, an incarnated idol of infant Lord Krishna. Largely a faithful city, almost everything about this place is in some way or the other associated with the temple. Even their music, Haveli, is a devotional genre.
The Shrinathji Temple draws pilgrims plenty but very few tourists. It is also called the Haveli of Shrinathji. The temple is very simple and non-fancy. What is captivating is the idol of Lord Krishna in an avatar where he is lifting the Govardhana Hill. Out of a large black stone is carve out the figurine of the lord with his left hand raised and the right one fisted. Aartis and shringars of the idol are performed in such fashion that it seems that the idol is indeed living. Pilgrims wait to get a glimpse of the lord when the curtain is removed. The mysticism of the idol is enigmatic for reasons unknown.
Pichwai paintings are something to look out for here. The bright paintings on hand-spun fabric often depict tales from the Raas-Leela. Complete your getaway with sumptuous and delicious street food such as khaman and fafda along with piping hot masala tea.