Alwar is an another colourful and historical chapter of the Rajasthan state. It is located around 160 km south of Delhi and around 150 km north of Jaipur. It is the city where one can witness the fine harmony of the old and the new, the green and the dry. The topographical location on Aravalli mountain ranges make Alwar rich in flourishing deciduous forests and lakes, which serve as home to various species of birds as well as animals. The marvellous rock carving in Alwar utters the architectural supremacy and historical legacy of Rajputana Kingdoms.
The amalgamation of natural beauty, historical monuments, vibrant culture, colour festivals and Sariska Tiger Reserve excursion makes Alwar the picturesque town, where one can have an everlasting experience. The joy of visiting Alwar is heightened through the Fairy Queen train ride.
The princely state of Alwar was founded by Pratap Singh, a Rajput of the Kachwaha lineage, in the second half of the 18th century. Formerly, it was known as Mewar. The strategic location of Alwar makes it an important town and for this reason it has an eventful past.
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Sariska wildlife sanctuary is probably one of the most visited parks in India. It was a hunting reserve of the royal family. The park covers an area of 800 square kilometres. The reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and became the Sariska Tiger Reserve in 1979 under Project Tiger. The Sariska national park is known for its tiger reserve and is often quoted as a tiger heaven. Wildlife found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve include the Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena and plenty of bird species and reptiles.
The Bala Fort
The architectural supremacy represents the glory of this fort. This huge fort is built above 300 meter from the ground and stretches 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west. The structure of the grand fort consists of 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry along with 8 huge towers surrounding it. The fort has several gates such as Jai pole, Suraj pole, Laxman Pole and Chand Pole. Also there are remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples. The dominating design with grandeur interior remains the centre of attraction from the beginning. This splendid fort influxed many people along with the many Mughal Emperor.
Vinay Vilas Mahal
The Palace dates back to the 18th century and represents the perfect combo of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The splendour of this fort attracts people and its intricate design remains its centre of attraction.
The collection of rare art objects and miniature writings of Mughal and Rajput painting is the major attraction of this museum. This museum 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 provide you options to shop some of the well known Rajashtan handicrafts. 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.
The culture of Alwar is colourful and vibrant. The harmony among various religious and ethnic groups can be seen through their mutual understanding, colourful festivals and cooperation. The best season to visit this place is from October to March.
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