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Alwar is the first major city that comes while travelling from Delhi to Rajasthan and is uniquely located at 150 km south of Delhi and 150 km north of Jaipur. Alwar is a hub of tourism with a wide range of forts like Bhangarh fort, lakes, nature reserves like Sariska Tiger Reserve and heritage havelis. Apart from being a popular tourist centre, Alwar also draws pride from its reputation of being featured in a number of Bollywood movies. It is also famous for the Mega Alwar Trade fair held at Dussehra Ground every year and handmade Papier-mâché (literally 'chewed paper'). Alwar has a unique recognition because of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bala-Quila, Bhangarh Fort, Pandu Pol and other temples and its importance of the food map because of the heavenly Kalakand.
Surrounded by Aravali hills, Alwar is a pretty city of rich culture and heritage. Not very famous among tourists, Alwar has retained its charm from the past. The majestic fort, beautiful City Palace and the colorful markets make Alwar one of the most interesting cities in Rajasthan. Alwar has been one of the oldest of Rajasthani Kingdoms and one of the first Rajput states to align itself with the British empire. Alwar is most famous for two things - its milkcake ('Alwar ka mawa') and its fort. The city comes under the NCR region and forms for a great weekend getaway from New Delhi - as Alwar is a small beautiful and peaceful place with no pollution. Among other reasons to Alwar is to visit the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the mysterious Bhangarh Fort.
Travellers are preffering these places in Alwar
Experience Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 4 kms
Bala Quila Fort or the Alwar Fort is situated in the Aravalli Range, above the town of Alwar. Built in 15th century by Hasan Khan Mewati, it has been under the rule of the Marathas, Yadavas, and the Kachwaha Rajputs. According to the Hindu Puranas, the fort is the strength of the King. The literal meaning of the 'Bala Quila' is the Young Fort. Laxman Pole is the only metalled road which connects the Fort to the Alwar city. The silver pages of history speak that Pratap Singh, the founder of Alwar state entered the fort through this metalled way only.
In 1775 A.D. Kachhwaha Rajput Pratap Singh captured the fort and laid the stones of Alwar city. With a distance of 595 m, the massive fort is visible from the city itself. It gives a majestic look of the town as it is perched on a 300m high cliff. It spreads over an area of 5 km from North to South and 1.6 km from East to West. The forts have six gates which are Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol and Andheri Gate. These gates speak of the valor and chivalry of the Rajputs. The walls are finely crafted with ancient scriptures and sculptures. Each and every part of the fort echoes the features of the history.
Experience Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 61 kms
Famous for the historical ruins and the ghost stories, Bhangarh has been regarded as the most haunted place in the country. It is located on the way between Jaipur and Delhi.
The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th Century fort built in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It was built by one of the Navratans of Akbar's court, Man Singh I for his grandson Madho Singh I. It was named by Madho Singh after his grandfather Man Singh or Bhan Singh. As soon as you enter through the main gate of the ruined fort city, also known as Bhoot Bangla, it gives a chill down your spine. Within the fort, there are temples, palaces, and Havelis. Apart from that, there are also four more gates for the entry to the fort: the Lahori Gate, the Ajmeri Gate, the Phulbari Gate and the Delhi Gate. There are many Hindu temples at the entrance of the gates. The royal palace is located at the extreme end of the limits of the fort.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 32 kms
Nestled in the Aravali Hills over an area of about 800 Sq. Km covering the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape, lays the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as The Sariska Tiger Reserve. This area was once a hunting preservation of The Maharaja of Alwar. The Reserve is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. It is the first tiger reserve to relocate the Tigers (from Ranthambore) successfully. As it lies in the lap of Aravali Hills, it holds an abundant amount of mineral resources like copper.
The protected area of the Sariska Tiger Reserve has a diverse topography, ranging from rocky landscapes, scrub-thorn arid forests, hilly cliffs, dry deciduous forests and grasslands. The area of the reserve measures around 866 sq. Km. It was declared as a national park in 1982. The protected area is a part of the Aravali Range and the Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. Sariska attracts a lot of nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts along with numerous history buffs.
The reason behind this immense popularity is the presence of the ruins of medieval temples of Garh-Rajor that dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries along with a 17th-century castle at Kankwari that provides a panoramic view of the area. Other prominent attractions here include Pandopil, which lies in the hills in the central area of the national park. This site is famous as the place where the Pandava brothers Mahabharata had spent a few days, while they were in their exile. Built by the Bargujars, the Nilkanth temple is another attraction here, known for its splendour.
Experience Time: 1-2 hours
Distance: 10 kms
Spread over a large area of 7 square kilometres, Siliserh Lake is an amazing tourist attraction filled with fun activities and places to relax such as the Silserh Lake Palace bordering the water reservoir. The famous palace is a frequented destination by visitors and travellers looking to refresh themselves from the ruckus of city life. The lake is a famous picnic site in the region, and it imposes itself before the palace in a wonderful natural setting.
Having recently been converted into a heritage hotel by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), the Siliserh Lake Palace now serves as an esteemed royal getaway amidst the rolling hills of the Aravalli range and the spectacular Siliserh Lake. Energizing activities such as boating and fishing are popular crowd attractors along with the huge number of migratory birds that vacation in during peak seasons. The age-old heritage hotel serves as the perfect accommodation, with a beautiful natural landscape and great amenities. Located at a distance of 16 kilometres from Alwar city, it is easily accessible and is probably the best destination around to cool off the Rajasthan heat!
Distance: 2 kms
The Hill Fort Kesroli is one of the rare heritage hotels in Alwar that has been in existence since the 14th century. A wonderful destination to enjoy the barrier sunsets, showing daily since 700 years and discovering the Neemrana heritage hotels in Alwar is this resort. Hill Fort-Kesroli is a great holiday choice for those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Delhi.
Neemrana's Hill Fort-Kesroli is a spectacular ancient heritage palace that will take you back in the history. It has impressive interiors with Rajasthani environment and serene ambience that you will be completely mesmerized by. This massive fort is constructed with beauty and treasure of history. This fort is has spread fields bounding it which make a splendid sight from the palace. The hotel has a huge swimming pool and a beautiful garden any other luxurious facilities. The rooms are perfectly decorated in typically Rajasthani style which gives the feel of royalty. The plush and beautiful lawn is a relaxing place and is one of the most important attractions of this hill fort. Set in landscape grounds, this amazing 14th century fort has been elegantly furnished to make you feel comfortable and welcome.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
The grand Sariska Palace, built in 1892 by his majesty Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Alwar, is truly a sight for sore eyes. Every corner of this beautiful palace drips of royalty and regality at its best. The opulent palace spreads across 120 acres of lush green landscapes, compelling the onlooker to fall in love with its grandeur. However, the main reason why the beauty of the palace is greatly multiplied is that it towers right on the edge of the Sariska National Park. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this marvel as a hunting lodge for his guests and himself. The picturesque view of an enormous palace with the backdrop of thick green forests is one you shouldn't miss. You might just forget that we are no longer in the 19th century!
Sariska Palace is now open to tourists as a 5-star hotel and is one of the most popular heritage hotels in the state of Rajasthan. Imagine, spending a night at the same place where one of the richest maharajas of our country once lived; a night spent at this luxurious hotel is a night to remember.
The resplendent palace turned hotel overlooks the national park providing a panoramic view of dense majestic forests. One wakes up to the soft and melodious chirping of several exotic species of birds; much different from the blaring alarms that we are so tired of. Spacious rooms, breathtaking views, 5-star amenities and generous hospitality; this is truly a one-stop destination to relieve all the stress and tension from our fast-paced lives.
Experience Time: 3 to 4 Hours
Distance: 3 kms
City palace also known as Vinay Vilas Mahal, an architectural marvel and a lovely mix of Mughal and Rajasthani design, gives you a glimpse of the royal life style.
There are many entries to the city palace and each has a name and significance like Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate are some of the entry points. Embellished with a fabulous wealth of murals and mirror work on the walls and ceiling, the palace has 15 imposing towers and 51 smaller towers overlooking the mountain slopes. Located beneath the scarred battlements of the fort, this colossal palace has been converted into a museum. The biggest attraction of the museum is the collection of royal memorabilia while the Sagar Lake behind the city palace is exquisite as well.
Distance: 9 kms
Situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from the center of the city of Alwar, Vijay Mandir Palace is said to have been built as a result of the whims of the eccentric King, Maharaja Jai Singh who was a patron of art and architecture and had a passion for beautiful palaces.
Placed in the midst of the luxuriant gardens by the lake, the palace comprises of 105 rooms that are well ornamented. Sita Ram Temple that is thronged every year by the devotees during Ramnavami is another major attraction of the palace.
Distance: 44 kms
Neelkanth temple is located within the Tiger Reserve premises and though it is almost in ruins, locals still hold faith in this temple, and many other temples in the reserve.
This is actually, a cluster of a few temples together almost 30 km into the Tiger Reserve. Apart from its religious importance it is noted for its excellent stone carving and the lush green forests that surround the temple add to it's beauty.
Experience Time: 30 minutes
Chhatris are commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honor in the Rajput architecture of Rajasthan.
The royal cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his Queen Rani Moosi, this striking monument is placed out side the main palace building. It is a beautiful red sandstone and white marble cenotaph of the rulers of Alwar.
Famous for its swanky palace, the Ganesh and Lakshmi Narayan temples, Moti dungri is a favourite spot of the tourist folk. Ganesh temple at the foot of the hill allures not only the devotees but also the sightseer with its picturesque settings.
Another fascinating attraction is the Birla Mandir, which amazes the tourists with its sheer beauty.
Distance: 1 kms
Company Bagh is one of the beautiful gardens of this sandy place which boasts of an outstanding formation, which is called Shimla house.
An awe-inspiring chhatri with remarkable Bengali top and bends is placed in the midst of this verdant greenery.
Experience Time: 30m minutes-1 hour
Distance: 33 kms
Pandupol is a Hanuman temple, located inside Sariska jungles. Legend has it, that the Pandavas spent their time in exile ('Agyatvaas') - secret time - here.
Unlike most other temples, the idol of Hanuman here is in a reclining position.
This massive fortress also shows some exquisite doorways that were used as the entry points to this amazing citadel.
Out of the innumerable pols, Jai Pol is said to be the most beautiful and fascinating with the majestic entry point deftly carved with lovely sculptures. As the name indicates, this door is the monument of victory of the then rulers.
This shrine is a little off the town and lies on the Sariska-Alwar highway. Cars and other means of transport will have to be left near the highway and the temple can be reached only by foot.
This place of worship is surrounded by thick greenery and is a delight for nature lovers. The atmosphere around the shrine, and even the walk to the shrine is very peaceful and highly delightful.
Located at the center of the city, Bazaza Bazar is a wholesale market that sells traditional Rajasthani textile and jewelry items.
Jewelry crafted from semi-precious stones and zardozi and silk threads saris sell like hot cakes among tourists.
Distance: 27 kms
Churi market is the girly shopping market where again you get traditional Rajasthani clothes and accessories for women.
Distance: 36 kms
Malakhera Bazar has all sorts of traditional Rajasthani handicraft products. You also get daily household products here such as utensils, rugs, brassware etc.
Distance: 0 kms
Sarafa Bazar is the jewelry market of Alwar where you find a wide range of precious stones, semi-precious stones and diamond jewelry.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Situated in the vicinity of City Palace, the Government Museum in Alwar was established in 1940. Housing a brilliant collection of paintings, frescoes and artefacts, the museum boasts of rich ancient heritage of the royal families. In addition to 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 2565 paintings, 2270 arms and weapons; the museum also has exotic collections of ivory and lacquered work, Bidri and brass works, pottery, Persian manuscripts and miniature paintings.
Located in premises of Vinay Vilas Mahal, the depository aptly depicts the evolution of the Rajput and Mughal kings and the bygone royal era. Divided into three sections, the museum houses a rich miscellany of stuff from places as far as Bengal, Jaipur, Multan and Ceylon.
Distance: 15 kms
Set amidst the jungle in the lap of the Aravalli Canal, Garbhaji Falls boasts of untouched natural beauty and pristine serenity. The mesmerising cascade of sparkling water falling through a rough terrain beneath several rocky boulders in a glade, is a sight beyond description and speaks for itself. Away from the din of the city, located in the secluded woods, Garbhaji Falls make for a perfect romantic getaway and an ideal spot for family picnics for people to unwind and rejuvenate. Frequented by photographic buffs and nature lovers, this ravishing waterfall draws tourists from far and wide.
The waterfalls are located at a height and can be reached by climbing a flight of stairs. The path leading to it is no doubt, a little bumpy; however, the view at the top makes up for it. The spot is used by the army for altitude training owing to the steep cliffs and the rocky terrain. It is therefore, also a popular spot among adventure seekers, trekkers and hiking enthusiasts.
Distance: 28 kms
Located near Sariska National Park, 30 kms away from the main city, Bhartrihari Temple is a venerated Hindu temple in Alwar. Believed to have been named after Bhartrihari Baba- the then ruler of Ujjain, the shrine is built in the traditional Rajasthani style with spacious corridors, exquisite arches, and floral columns of mandaps. Legend suggests that Bhatrihari Baba was blessed with magical prowess and hence any wish wished at the temple come true.
Set amidst the scenic Aravalli hills, the temple offers a calming and poised break to your otherwise regular trip. The shrine is throng by hundreds of devotees every year to seek the blessings of the Baba.
Popularly known as Company Bagh or Company Garden, Purjan Vihar is a beautiful and aesthetic garden located in the heart of the city, adjacent to City Palace. Built in 1868 by Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh, the area has splendid lawns, well-trimmed gardens and an overall picturesque beauty. Originally called as ‘Company Garden’, the park was renamed by Maharaja Jai Singh and then came to be known as Purjan Vihar. Besides the verdant greenery and bounteous foliage, Purjan Vihar has a brilliant architecture with Chhattris and Bengali top bends.
In addition, the yard also houses a tiny chamber known as ‘Shimla’ or ‘summer house’ with a huge dome. The structure is named so because the temperature here is always cooler and more pleasant than the adjoining areas and the main city. Once a royal heritage property, the park is open to the common public and serves as one of the most popular tourism spots of the city, owing to its wondrous beauty and old world charm.
Distance: 1 - 2 hrs
The tomb of Fateh Jang or Faeh Jang ka Gumbad is a memorial dedicated to Fateh Jang, a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The celebrated king is known to patronise exotic arts and astounding architecture. One such example of his virtuosity and architectural finesse is this monument. A classic amalgamation of Indo- Islamic designs and Rajputana style; the tomb reflects brilliance and expertise. The five-storeyed building boasts of colossal minarets built in sublime sandstones and draws a large number of tourists. The actual cenotaph is situated in the centre of the monument and is surrounded by lush green gardens.
Distance: 25 kms
Around 20 kms from the main city of Alwar, there is a hot water spring known as Taal Vriksha. Nestled in the lap of nature, amidst emerald green forests with the hills in the backdrop, the place is a cosy picturesque spot to spend a few moments of solitude. The place is popular for housing two adjacent water pools, one of hot water and the other of cold. The hot water spring is believed to cure many diseases as it has medicinal properties.
The premises also have two tiny temples of Goddess Durga and Ganga each and is thronged by tourists as it is believed to hold religious importance. You can take a dip in the holy waters or have a quiet picnic by the lakeside.
Situated just next to Sariska National Park, 40 kms from the main city of Alwar, Narayani Mata Mandir is a much venerated temple. The temple is revered by the Sain samaj, and is the only one of its kind in the country. The site houses a tiny spring which is an unusual source of water considering the semi arid area. The spring draws a lot of tourists in addition to the numerous pilgrims who throng the place annually.
The temple highly follows the caste principles. The priest of the shrine belongs to the meena caste and since the temple as a whole is dedicated to sain caste, baniya caste people are not allowed to enter the premises.
Situated in the heart of the city, near Bala Qila and Sagar Palace, Karni Mata Mandir is revered Hindu site and a major tourist attraction in Alwar. Supposed to be the fiercest incarnation of Goddess Kali, Karni Mata is the presiding deity of the temple. Although some people also believe her to be a form Goddess Durga. The main idol of Karni Mata holds a trishool and is surrounded by loads of rats. Owing to the plenitude of rat population in the temple, it is popularly known as the ?Rat Temple?. The rodents are considered auspicious and are taken good care of by the temple staff as it is commonly believed that they protect the shrine against any harm. You can also witness local devotees feeding rats with milk and cookies on their laps, to seek blessings from the Goddess.
The temple also boasts of a magnificent edifice with an influence from Mughal architecture. It has large pathways, enormous doorways and huge walls intricately carved with craftwork. Entirely made of sandstone, the temple has elaborate drawings on its pillars, pergolas and domes.
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