Welcome to Kishangarh
Kishangarh is 30km northeast of Ajmer and was founded in the early 17th century by Kishan Singh, a Rathore prince. Since the 18th century the town of Kishangarh has been associated with one of India’s most famous schools of miniature painting. Among its renowned works is the Bani Thani painting by Kishangarh master Nihal Chand – a sensual, graceful portrayal of Krishna’s consort, Radha, depicted with exaggeratedly slanting, almond-shaped eyes – you’ll see this reprinted all over Rajasthan. Today local artists are trying to revive this magnificent school of painting by making copies of the originals on surfaces such as wood, stone and cloth (the originals were done on paper). Kishangarh is also famous for painted wooden furniture and marble.
Kishangarh town is divided into the charming old city and the less-charming new part, which is mainly commercial. Pollution is steadily increasing, along with the growing number of dusty marble factories and textile mills.