Alwar is at a distance of 116 km from Bharatpur. Alwar is the city nearest to New Delhi. Beautiful palaces, jungles and some fine heritage hotels make it a beautiful place worth visiting.
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|Fatehpur Sikri||145 Km|
This huge fort with its ramparts stretching 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west, stands 304 metres above the city and 595 metres above the sea level, constructed before the rise of the Mughal empire. It is a forbidding structure with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings formusketry, alongwith 8 huge towers encompassing it, The fort has several gates - Jai Pol, SurajPol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate, Also there are remains of Jai Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, SalimSagar, Suraj Kund and many temples.
The City Palace complex
The City Palace is a beautiful and imposing building in perfect condition. There is a lake beside the City Palace. In City Palace itself there is Government Museum which has a unique collection of arms, bidri work, lacquered and ivory work, musical instruments, stuffed animals, beautiful brass and pottery works from Jaipur, Multan, Bengal and Ceylon, miniature paintings and Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts. The museum is divided into three major sections, each housed in a big hall. The first section contains various archaeological finds chiefly sculptures and inscriptions from the region. Items presented by the ruler of the former Alwar state include mounted skins of wild animals like tiger, leopard and lion shot by them during their local and foreign excursions. The second section is the most important one as it contains various manuscripts in Persian including Gulistan of Sadias as well as marvellous paintings of Mughal and Rajput schools. The paintings have been further divided into sub-styles. The third section of the museum contains the armoury of state rulers. Various kind of shields, swords, pistols, rifles, daggers and other items are on display. Ground floors have been converted into government offices and district courts.
Pur Jan Vihar (Company Garden)
A picturesque garden, laid out during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 A.D. The garden has an enchanting setting called 'Shimla ' which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 A.D. The lush surroundings and the cool shades make it the idyllic visiting spot during summers.
A splendid palace, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 A.D. A picturesque lake overlooking the palace makes it a fascinating sight, A fabulous Sita Ram Temple in the palace attracts number of devotees, especially during Ramnavami. One needs prior permission from the Secretary to visit the palace.
Siliserh Lake and Palace Hotel (13 km)
An idyllic picnic spot with enchanting landscape of wooded hills and beautiful chhatris on the embankment of the10.5 sq. km placid lake. A magnificent royal palace and the hundting lodge, built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845 A.D.for his queen Shila stands overlooking the lake. Now converted as the Hotel Lake Palace, it offers boating and sailing facilities and is a delight for the trigger-happy photographers and film makers.
Jai Samand Lake (6 km)
A beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 A.D. is a popular spot for outings and picnics. During monsoons, sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. Easily accessible by road from Alwar.
Sariska (37 km)
The 765.80 sq. km. thickly wooded reserve cradled in the picturesque valley of the Aravalis. Established in 1955, it is an excellent tiger sanctuary under the Project Tiger. The dry decidous forests of the Reserve are noted for their population of tiger, nilgai, sambhar, cheetal, four horned antelope and wild boar. The protected park can be visited in jeep safaris. Sariska National Park is a wonderfully quiet and peaceful Place. The jungle here has been registered under the Project Tiger in 1979 and became a national park in 1982. Sariska is especially famous for its tiger reserve though it also offers you sites to visit that have a strong historical background. The monuments at these places are symbolic of their glorious past. The park also offers the visitors a unique opportunity to observe the behavioural patterns of the animals residing here. Being located on the desert land of Rajasthan, the flora and fauna of Sariska is characterised by scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests, rocks and scanty grasses spread over the hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali hill range. Due to the extreme characteristic of the climate here, Sariska houses a number of known and unknown species of desert flora and fauna. Due to scanty rainfall here the major plants of Sariska includes, dhok, khair, tendu, and ber. However, while talking about fauna here, the one specie that needs a mention is the tiger. The Sariska National park also houses varieties of panther, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, and fox. Besides these, the park is also the natural habitat of sambhar, chital, wild boar, hare, nilgai, civet, four-horned antelope, gaur (Indian bison) and porcupines. The park also nestles bird species like the peafowl, grey partridges, quails, sand grouses, tree pies, white-breasted kingfishers, golden-backed woodpeckers, crested serpent eagles, vultures and horned owls. November to March is the best period to visit.
A marvellous palace was built here by Maharaja Jai Singh in the honour of the Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to the sanctuary. Presently, it has been converted into a hotel - Sariska Palace. RTDC Hotel Tiger Den also offers excellent accommodation at Sariska.
The Kankawadi fort is an important tourist attraction of Sariska. Though not maintained properly, it is the only historic monument showing the Mughal connection with Sariska. According to the records of history, Aurangzeb had imprisoned the eldest son of Shah Jahan here. Located on a hill, the fort overlooks the Kankawadi plateau and the few Gujjar villages around it. Leopards from the park occasionally visit this fort in search of food and solitude.
Dhaulpur is an interesting town to visit, especially because it is far from the usual tourist track and thus, quite 'undiscovered'. But Dhaulpur is well known in another way - for its excellent sandstone. This red stone was used for building not just the local structures but also those of Delhi like the Red Fort. In fact, the architect of modern Delhi, Edward Lutyens, had a special liking for it.
Karauli is a picturesque old fortified town; a sylvan delight packed in a rural ambience. It was founded in 1348AD by one Raja Arjun Pal.Today Karauli, famous for its pale red sandstone, is also known as a holy place. There are some old monuments one could see here, apart from exploring the rambling countryside and the game sanctuary. There are excellent opportunities for jeep safaris and boating too. Do make it a point to visit the local bazaar where one get good handicraft items, especially the colourful bangles of Karauli. A major socio-religious event here is the Kaila Devi fair. Kaila Devi is an important deity of Karauli with a temple dedicated to her. A big cattle fair is also held in the month of phalguna (February-March), where camels, horses and buffaloes go on sale. Karauli is 182km southeast of Jaipur and100km southwest of Mathura.