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Alwar is 150 Km from Jaipur and 170 Km. From Delhi. It is nested between a cluster of small hills of the Aravalli range. Perched on the most prominent of these hills is a massive ancient fort that whispers tales of the rich Delhi. The people of the state did not accept any external interference’s and daringly resisted against foreign invasions. In the 12th and 13th centuries they formed a group and raided Delhi. But finally Sultan Bulban (1267 A.D – 1287 A.D) suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslims rule. In 1771 A.D. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won back Alwar and founded a principality of his own. Apart from its long history, the city has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valleys thickly wooded in parts. Some of the finest variety of birds and animals are spotted here. Alwar has one of the finest wild life sanctuaries in Rajasthan-Sarika, which is an excellent tiger country
The city of Alwar is known as The Tiger Gate of Rajasthan. Enclosed by the Aravallis, Alwar gives the appearance of being carved marvellously out of rocks. Flourishing deciduous forests and lakes covers the hills. These forests and basins serve as a home to numerous species of birds as well as animals. Situated amongst such beauty, the city proves to be a delight to the eyes. Alwar travel & tourism will find you gazing at some prehistoric and historic sites that are an archaeologist’s delight.
Architectural wonders dot the city and leave you mesmerized. Ironically, Alwar in Rajasthan, India is the oldest as well the newest kingdom of the Rajputs. It is the oldest because its customs date far back to the kingdoms of Viratnagar, which flourished around 1500 B.C. Also known by the name of Matasya Desh. In this city, the Pandavas (heroes of Mahabharata) spent the last year of their exile of 13 years. It is believed that a member of the Kachh family belonging to Amber founded the city of Amber.
The city is an architectural delight. The numerous forts and palaces with their intricate decorations take away your heart. Apart from that, the tranquil lakes, grand hunting lodges, archeologically importance sites, numerous varieties of birds and animals, etc, make this city a must see on a tour of Rajasthan.
- LOCATION: 143 Kms. from Jaipur (North East)
- BY ROAD: The best mode of reaching Alwar is via road from Jaipur/Delhi.
- BY TRAIN: Alwar is connected by rail with Delhi & Jaipur.
- AREA : 8380 sq km
- BEST TIME TO VISIT : October to March
- LANGUAGES SPOKEN : Rajasthani. Hindi, English
- MAJOR ATTRACTIONS : Palaces and Sariska Tiger Reserve
PLACES TO VISIT
Vijai Mandir Palace
10 km from Alwar, Maharaja Jai Singh built this awe-inspiring palace in 1981. Its reflection in the adjoining lake makes it a most picturesque sight. The palace has a remarkable Sita Ram Temple in attracting number of devotees, especially during Ramnavami. The palace is not open to tourists. For ones who are keen to visit the palace, they need to seek permission from the secretary.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
37 km from Alwar, surrounded by thick, dry, deciduous forests and imposing Aravalli ranges, lies 765.80 sq km of an outstanding tiger sanctuary, which was established in 1955 under the project Tiger. The sanctuary is noted for its varied population of tigers, nilgai sambhars, cheetals, four horned antelopes and wild boars. It also boasts of Sariska palace, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the honor of the Duke of Edinburgh when he visited the sanctuary. Now, it has been converted into a heritage hotel.
Silliserh Lake And Palace Hotel
13 km from Alwar, this place is picture perfect with beautiful thick forests, a lake whose tranquil waters lures all the nature lovers, splendid chhatris on the banks of the lake and a majestic regal palace complete with the hunting lodge. Maharaja Vinay Singh built the palace in 1845 for his beloved queen, Shila. The palace has now been turned into a heritage hote