Alwar is a city situated in the princely state of Rajasthan, India. It is located around 160 km south of Delhi, and about 150 km north of Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. The princely state of Alwar was founded by Pratap Singh, a Rajput of the Kachwaha dynasty, in 1770. Alwar gained remarkable recognition in art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. Alwar allures its tourists with scenic landscapes and panoramic destinations. This small town marked for rich cultural heritage has attained the status of an attractive tourist spot. One popular, exciting and significant escapade is that of Fairy Queen which provides a memorable journey through the nook and corner or length and breadth of town. The local market offers a variety of artifacts, eateries, clothing, bangles and toys. The City Palace which is an architectural marvel of Mughal and Rajasthani style, comprises of intricately designed interiors with varied floral patterns and motifs for display of royal treasures of the erstwhile Alwar rulers. Clock tower situated in the 5th street from the church road amd stands tall amidst the bustling streets representing the medieval times.
Places To SeeAlwar Fort
Situated on top of a hill, the imposing fort stretches across 5 kms and has 15 large and 51 small towers with nearly 500 openings for musketry. Within the fort, you can see the remains of several palaces, lakes and temples including the Jal Mahal, Salim Sagar, Nikumbh Mahal, and Suraj Kund. History has that Babar had spent a night in this fort and taken away the hidden treasures to gift to his son, Humayun. The fort was later taken over by Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1775 A. D. City Palace
Dating to the 18th century, the palace was constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh. Reflecting an interesting blend of Rajput and the Mughal style architecture, the palace is said to be one of the finest in Rajasthan. It now houses several government offices and also a museum displaying paintings, archaeological finds, and armory as well as an interesting collection of books. Tank
Located just behind the city palace and nestled in the Aravali range, the tank has a number of chhatries and small temples, including the Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri, built in the memory of Moosi Bai, queen of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh. Hope Circus
The monument, located midway between the railway station and the city palace, refers to a circular structure with a series of steps on all four sides leading to a circular platform. The monument marks the visit of Miss Hope, daughter of the then Viceroy of India Lord Linlithgow, to Alwar. Purjan Vihar (Company Garden)
The garden is a riot of colors with well-defined pathways, shady trees and seating areas. It is an ideal place to relax and get away from the chaos of the city. Government Museum
The museum displays a unique collection of arms and armaments, ivory work, brass works, musical instruments, and pottery works from Jaipur, Multan, Bengal and Sri Lanka. You can also see miniature paintings and Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts, and beautiful paintings of Mughal and Rajput Schools. Vijay Mandir Palace
Located at about 10 kms from Alwar, the palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918. Standing loftily on top of a hilly platform, the palace decorates the banks of a lake which was created by the construction of the Vijay Sagar Bundh Dam. Inside, the palace houses a temple dedicated to Lord Rama.
Things To DoSiliserh Lake
Set at about a distance of 13 kms from Alwar, the artificial lake was constructed between two hills to store water from a small tributary of River Ruaprel. Picturesquely set amidst the Aravali hills, the lake is adorned with domed cenotaphs. There is a palace on the banks which has now been converted into a hotel. The basement of the palace leads to the waters of the lake. Boating is permitted on the lake. Sariska National Park
Also known as the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the national park was once the private hunting grounds of the ruling family of Alwar. In 1979, it was declared a national park. Set amidst the backdrop of the Aravali hills, it has diverse topography such as grasslands, dry deciduous forests and rocky cliffs. The park houses a rich diversity of wildlife such as tiger, sambars, leopards, chitals, four-horned antelopes and nilgais among other animals. The birds are represented by peafowls, sand grouse, crested serpent eagles and golden-backed woodpeckers. You can also witness the ruins of ancient temples and forts that date to the 10th and 11th centuries. Jungle Safari in Sariska National Park
The jungle safari is the perfect way to enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the park. The safaris are held in the early mornings and late evenings. Advance bookings are recommended.