Popularly known as 'The Land of Tigers', Alwar lies on the fringes of the Aravalli Range in eastern Rajasthan. This city boasts of a glorious past, which is further enriched by the tales of bravery and sacrifice of its people in the days of yore. Formerly known as Mewar, Alwar was a very important Rajput state that came under Mughal control in the 13th century. Maharana Pratap Singh, a Rajput ruler won it back in the 18th century and formed a state of his own.
During your travel to Alwar, you will discover that the bustling industrial town today is dates back to 1500 BC during the period of Mahabharata. Tourist places in Alwar comprise of many palaces, beautiful lakes and colourful markets that dot the entire landscape. The city is known for the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve, which is a place you must visit during your Alwar travel.
Tourist Attractions in Alwar
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Established in 1955, Sariska Tiger Reserve is home to the tiger, nilgai (blue bull), cheetal, sambhar, four horned antelope and the wild boar. Sprawled over a forest area of nearly 800 km, this reserve comes under the Project Tiger. A number of ruined ancient temples can be seen inside the forest reserve. An old palace inside the park has now been converted into a hotel. This is one of the few forest reserves where you can even explore the forest at night. The best time to visit this park is from November to June.
Bala Quila (the fort)
This imposing fort that was constructed before the rise of the Mughal Empire, sprawls over an area of 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west. The Bala Quila further rises 304 meters above the city and also houses a number of temples and palaces. Several huge gates and towers further add to the magnificence of this structure. This is a must visit site if you travel to Alwar.
Vinay Vilas Mahal
Also known as the City Palace, Vinay Vilas Mahal dates back to the 18th century. It is a classic blend of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. While the ground floors have been converted into government offices; the upper floor houses a museum which has a rich collection of items on display.
The collection of rare art objects and miniature Mughal and Rajput paintings is the major attraction of this museum. It is well designed with details description of displayed objects, which is enough to give the glimpses of the bygone era of Alwar.
Shopping in Alwar
Alwar markets are well known Rajashtani handicrafts; here you can purchase colourful bangles, dolls, leather worked exquisite 'Mojaris' and embroidered footwear as souvenirs. The delicious milk dishes such as Kalakand and hot gulab jamun served with vanilla ice cream is enough to entice you and gives you the real taste of India.
Best Time to Visit
Alwar?s climate is perfect between September to March. Towards end of November, people amass come here to attend the legendary Matsya Utsav dedicated to the Matsya (Fish) avatar of Lord Vishnu.
How to Reach
By Air: Nearest airport is Jaipur which has regular flights to and from Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
By Rail: Alwar has a number of regular trains that connect it to Delhi and other parts of Rajasthan.
By Road: Buses and taxis connect Alwar to Delhi (164 km) and Jaipur (143). To commute locally cycle-rickshaws and tongas (horse drawn carriages) are easily available.
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