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Alwar

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.

How to reach

By Air
Delhi 163 km is the nearest airport.

By Train
Good connection from prominent locations in and around the state.Some important train connections are : Shatabdi Express (New Delhi-Alwar-Ajmer); Superfast Express (New Delhi-Alwar-Ajmer); Intercity Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jaipur);Marudhar Express (Varanasi-Alwar-Jodhpur); MandoreExpress (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Alwar-Jodhpur).

By Road
Well connected with key destination in and not far off Rajasthan and Delhi

Distance from Alwar to :
Agra 180 Km
Bharatpur 120 Km
Deeg 65 Km
Delhi 160 Km
Fatehpur Sikri 145 Km
Jaipur 150 Km
Kesroli 10 Km
Madhogarh 190 Km
Neemrana 70 Km
Sariska 40 Km
Samode 110 Km

Places of Interest in Alwar


The Fort
The City Palace complex
Pur Jan Vihar (Company Garden)

Places of Interest around Alwar

Vijai Mandir Palace (10 km)
Siliserh Lake and Palace Hotel (13 km)
Jai Samand Lake (6 km)
Sariska (37 km)

The Fort

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.

Places of Interest around Alwar

Vijai Mandir Palace (10 km)

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.

How to reach Sariska

There is a 37 km jouney by bus to Sariska from Alwar railway station. Nearest airport is Jaipur. Delhi is 4 hrs drive.

Places of Interest around Sariska

Sariska Palace
Kankawadi Fort
Deeg
The Hides
Neemrana and Kesroli
Nandgaon
Barsana

Sariska Palace

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.

Kankawadi Fort
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.

Deeg
Situated 32 km north-west of Bharatpur on the way to Alwar, Deeg was once the favourite summer resort and second capital of Bharatpur state. As towns go, Deeg is not much of a place, being small and dusty and primarily agricultural. But it has a past worthy of note. Built as a holiday resort by the Jat rulers of Bharatpur, Deeg has a fort with all of twelve bastions. The largest of these, Lakha Burj, is still mounted with a cannon. But more than the fort, Deeg is not to be missed for the excellent sense of balance with which its palaces and gardens have been laid out. The buildings form a large rectangle enclosing a garden and two large tanks at the eastern and western ends. The largest and most impressive structure is Gopal Bhawan inside which, even on a summer day, the air is cool and refreshing. Perhaps the most attractive part of the garden complex is the summer pavilion, Keshav Bhawan. On special occasions the 500 fountains around the pavilion used to spout coloured water while fireworks lit up the night sky. Some of these fountains still play during local festivals.

The Hides
The many Hides in and out of the park are the must visits while being in Sariska. These hides are specially made to observe the wild in their natural way. If you book a hide, which is highly advised, you may end up spotting the wild inhabitants on the many water holes of the park. Excellent for some patience studded wild photography, these hides are worth a look even if not booked.

Neemrana and Kesroli
One of India's finest heritage hotels is the Neemrana fort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. It is the oldest fort that has been converted into a hotel and a stay here is definitely for the people with elite tastes. The fort has been carefully revived with each of its stunning rooms refurbished on a specific theme. 20 kilometers outside Alwar is another rustic fort Kesroli that has been converted into a character hotel.

Barsana
Barsana (50 km from Mathura), considered as the birthplace of Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna, has a very special place in every Hindu's heart. Barsana is famous for the festival of Holi, when the women of this village attack the men from Nandgaon (considered as Krishna's village) with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put colour on them. The main attractions here are Larily Lal Temple, Mor Kutir, and Sankari Kor.

Nandgaon
Nandgaon (56 km from Mathura) is the place where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood. Several stories of his childhood are associated with this village. The temple dedicated to Nand Rai, situated atop a hill, is the prime attraction of Nandgaon. It was built by a Jat ruler called Roop Singh. The other temples here are dedicated to Narsingha, Gopinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan, and Yasodha Nandan. Along with Barsana, Nandgaon has a glorious tradition of Holi. One day before the Holi, women of Barsana visit Nandgaon and challenge the men of this village to play Holi with them. The next day the men of this village go to Barsana to play the famous Lathmar Holi (Holi played with wooden sticks).

Dhaulpur (105km from Bharatpur)

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 (121 km southwest of Bharatpur)

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.