Kuchaman City is a second largest city and a municipality in Nagaur district after Nagaur City in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city includes a few Havelis in the Shekhawati style and a fort overlooking the city. The fort is about 1100 years old and was built in the 9th century, by the [Rathore] ruler, Zalim Singh. One can also find fresco painting there on variable subjects such as flowers, motifs, and Hindu mythology.
The local fort is a major tourist attraction and is also part of the route of Palace on Wheels. A few havelis have also opened their doors to the foreign guests, who visit during the winter.
In 2006, part of the Bollywood movie Drona, starring Abhishek Bachchan was shot at Kuchaman Fort.
In 2008, part of the movie Jodha-Akbar starring Hrithik Roshan and Ashwarya Rai was shot at Kuchaman Fort.
Kucaman Marathon is sequenced to make Kuchaman a high-class city and prove its existence on the global map. The Kuchaman Marathon organises every year in the month of February with a cause-"Green City Clean City".
Kuchaman, being a culturally diverse and fervent society, celebrates various holidays and festivals. Popular religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Janmasthmi Utsav (Shri Blaji Navyuvak Mandal-New Colony) Ganesh Chaturthi Mela-Ganesh Dungri, Holi-Kavi Sammelan, Dussehra-Kuchaman Stadium, Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Shab-e-Barat and other events like the Kuchaman Marathon, Mahaveer Jayanti, Harayali Amavasya Mela-Bhairav Talaab, Pashu Mela-Bhairav Talaab, Kuchaman Tade Fair-Station Road are observed throughout the town.
Kuchaman City and Fort, 2006
Perched atop a 1,000-foot-high (300 m) cliff, the Kuchaman Fort is the most important attraction in Kuchaman. It was built by a Gurjara-Pratihara king during 730-760. Currently a heritage hotel, the fort displays a rich collection of original inlay work in semi-precious stones, glass, and gold paint. The Sheesh Mahal (glass palace) is a sight for marvel. A colorful bazaar, located below the fort, is a great place to shop for handicrafts and fabrics.
The Meera Mahal is an exquisite palace which plays host to the miniature paintings illustrating the life story of Rathore poet-saint Meerabai, the passionate devotee of Lord Krishna. The passion and dedication with which Meera (a married Rajput woman) worshiped Lord Krishna has been a part of the folklore for ages and is still considered to be one of the finest efforts by any devotee to evince the allegiance to the Lord. Ranjit Singh constructed the Mahal (Palace) and its temple, which contains lok devta and gurus.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a unique concept visualized and implemented with an aim to provide the queens and princesses with a hidden swimming pool. The fort has two swimming pools. Jal Mahal, an underground pool, is royal in every aspect with its supercilious cloisters and arcades. The fort is now a heritage hotel and provides an opportunity to its customers to swim in these pools and envisage the imperial beauties that once owned and used it. Apparently the pool is also capable of controlling the water temperature.
The Sabha Prakash (Illumination Meeting) used to be the formal chambers for meetings and for holding court to interact with citizens. Many critical decisions for welfare and dispute settlement were delivered from the main hall. The hall itself is decorated exquisitely and is adorned with polished walls strewn with semi-precious pebbles and shingles that are intricately inlaid. The decoration of the Sabha Prakash was deliberately done, keeping in mind the exhaustive exposure it would have to the public eye. The decoration shifts towards the Shekhavati style. However, most of the decoration is unique to the Kuchaman Fort.
Lok Dev Temple
Built by Ranjit Singh, this temple showcases paintings of Lok Devtas (folk-deity) such as Sant Gogaji, Baba Ram Dev, Sant Ravi Das, and Sant Kabir.
Complete with intricately painted interiors, this pole was constructed by a Chinese traveler who wanted to narrate his travel experiences in a unique way.
Ganesh Dungri,is a Hindu temple located in Kuchaman. The grand temple is located on an elevated at Dungari hill in Kuchaman. The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Ganesh Temple.This temple is believed to have been built during the rule of the Raja Hari Singh.
Shakti Peeth Shakumbhri, meaning the abode of Shakti Goddess Shakambhari or Shakumbhri, is situated ioutside from urban area, at a distance of 3 km to the South of Kuchaman. Perched in the midst of the Aravali mountain range, this temple is believed to have been built during the rule of the Raja Pratap Singh. Twice a year, in the Ashwin and Chaitra months of the Hindu calendar (during the days of Navratra), the famous Shakumbhri Mela is organised. About 100 meter southeast of Shakumbari lies the Bhura Dev (BHAIRAV) temple which is considered to be the guard of Shakumbari Devi.
Gates of Old City
Hauj ka Darwaja
Other Places of Interest
Saafe Wale Saai Baba (The Saai Temple)
Bhairav Talab ( Lord Bhairav Temple and Pond Side Picnic Spot)
Shyam Baagh ( The Kuchaman Fort Lower Area)
Mukti Dham ( Funeral Center and Joggers Park which is the largest and the Most beautiful Shamshaan Ghat(Funeral Center) in the state of Rajasthan
Kharda Stadium- A multipurpose sports arena in the city
Star City Mall- Shopping Complex with multiscreen theater and food Station in it
Digamabar Jain Lord Mahaveera Temple and Chetalaya
Kanoi Park- Public Joggers Park with amusement area for children
Jaav ki Baori- State time property for water harvesting which is renovated by Kuchaman Vikas Samiti And Ministry of water resources. Prime minister Narendra Modi had also tweeted about the Baori in his official tweeter handle