Photograph of remains at Lauriya Nandangarh taken by Alexander Caddy in 1895. View looking across a small lake towards the remains of a mound, purpose unidentified. A.C.L. Carlleyle had written: ''I also visited the great mound at Nandangarh, and made as searching an examination of it as possible. But when I visited it, it was so densely covered with thick jangal, especially on the top of it, that it was almost impossible to make one's way through it. A personal examination of this great mound has filled me with grave doubts as to whether it ever was a fort at all, as General Cunningham has supposed. That is to say, the conclusion which I have come to is that the original purpose of this great mound, when it was first constructed, was not that of a fort, but rather that of a great national monument...'' The site of Lauriya Nandangarh is also famous for the Asokan pillar that used to stand there.