Narwar is a town and a nagar panchayat in Shivpuri district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. NARWAR is a historic town and fort just east of the Kali Sindh River and is situated at a distance of 42km from Shivpuri. Narwar was known as Narwar District during the times of Gwalior State. It is mentioned as Nalpura (Nala's town) in many medieval Sanskrit inscriptions. The Narwar Fort is famous for its architecture and is very ancient. The fort is surrounding by the river Kali Sindh. There are 3 dams namely as Harsi Dam, Mohini Sagar and Atal Sagar. The narwar is a very good tourist place due to its surroundings by river Kali Sindh and archaeological importance of Narwar Fort. Presently the Fort is being rennovated by the Archaelogical Survey of India.
How to Reach : The nearest Airport Gwalior is 120 Km and the Railway Stations are Gwalior, Dabra, Shivpuri and Jhansi. The Road Transport is about 120 KM from Gwalior, 70 Km from Dabra, 42 Km from Shivpuri.
Narwar fort is situated atop a hill about 500 feet above ground level spread over an area of 8 km², which stands on a steep scarp of the Vindhya Range It is now in a dilapidated condition, but the remains suggest that, in the flourishing days, it might have been only second to the Gwalior Fort in magnificence. The interior of the fort is divided by cross walls into four 'ahata' and 'dholaahata'. The architecture of the fort and palaces is basically Rajput in style with flat ceiling, fluted columns and multifold arches. The inner walls of the palaces have been decorated with bright paint and glass beads. Near the fort are the Jai Stambha, Sati monument, Ladu bungalow, Chhip Mahal, Makardwaj Tal, Kacheri mahal, Sikandar Lodi's Mosque, and Jail Kambha. Traditionally said to have been the capital of Raja Nala of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, the town was called Nalapura until the 12th century. From the twelfth century onwards, Narwar was held successively by Kachwaha, Parihar, and Tomar Rajputs (warrior caste) until its capture by the Mughals in the 16th century. It fell to the Maratha chief Scindia in the early 19th century. Outside the walled town are memorial pillars of the Tomar chiefs.
The town was known as Nalapura (named after Raja Nala) until the 12th century. At one time it was the capital of Raja Nala of Naisadha, whose love for Damayanti has been mentioned in detail in Mahabharata. There is a myth that when Raja Nala left Damayanti asleep in the forests of Narwar she moved through dense forests and reached Chanderi protecting her self from wild animals. The route through forests from Narwar to Chanderi is very short. The town is also famous for its medieval fortress, which was occupied by the Narwarias of the Chambal valley, descendent's of Nala, whom were also the founder and rulers of Gwalior, until it was captured by Parihara Rajputs in the 12th century. Narwar has been given a big name by Molana Zulfiqar Ahmed a renowned islamic scholar and Sheikhul Hadis Of world.Sheikh Zulfiqar ahmed has millions of disciples in the world.He is the patron of thousand of islamic schools and universities.He is popular in all over the world specially in Asia Africa and europe.Sheikh is famous for his eloquency and moral attitude. In islamic wiorld he is known as humble as companions of Prophet.Sheikh has one nephew named Majid belongs to a great Quazi family of Tumen. Second Name in this series is Dr. Syed Abid Ali Presently providing his services as a professor in King Faisal University Saudia Arabia.Recently Dr. Syed Abid Has been honoured as the member of Board of Academic Studies Queens University Canada.
One more prominent family is the symbol of Narwar that is known as architect of today's Narwar. After the constitution of present Madhya Pradesh in 1956 Narwar was declared Gram Panchayat and Shri Hoshiyar Singh Solanki was deputed the first Secretary of Gram Panchayat Narwar. He prepared the action plan for the development of Narwar. Today's scenerio is only the result of his honest and hard work. Every one praised his devotion and dedication to this town. He availed his services there for 38 years till his retirement.