East view of Narwar
Water-colour drawing of the fort and town of Narwar by an anonymous artist, 1818.
Narwar located in Madhya Pradesh, 128km from Gwalior, was said to be the capital of Raja Nala of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit epic about the battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The town is situated on a bend in the Sind River and was once a flourishing place on a route between Delhi and the Deccan. It has been subject to many different ruling dynasties over the centuries. The fort is perched on a steep cliff of the Vindhyas, 400 feet above the plain and has walls which are over five miles in circumference.