150 Km from Jaipur and 170 Km. From Delhi, Alwar is nested between a cluster of small hills of the Aravalli range.
Perched on the most prominent of these hills is a massive ancient fort
that whispers tales of the rich history of the city.
Once an ancient Rajput state, formerly known as
Mewat, Alwar was nearest to the imperial Delhi. The people of the state
did not accept any external interference’s and daringly resisted against
foreign invasions. In the 12th and 13th centuries,
they formed a group and raded Delhi. But finally Sultan Bulban (1267 A.D -
1287 A.D) suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslims
In 1771 A.D. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha
Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won back Alwar and
founded a principality of his own.
Apart from its long history, the city has a
rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valleys
thickly wooded in parts.
Some of the finest variety of birds and animals
are spotted here. Alwar has one of the finest wild life sanctuaries in
Rajasthan-Sarika, which is an excellent tiger
- THE FORT : This huge fort with its ramparts
stretching 5 km form 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. Babar had spent a night at this for
and took away the hidden treasures to gift to his son, Humayun. Akbar’s
son , Jahangir had also stayed here for some time during his exile. The
place where he stayed is called salim mahal. The for was finally annexed
by maharaja Pratap singh in 1775 A.D. It is a forbidding structure with 15
large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry, along with 8 huge
towers encompassing it. The fort has several gates-jai pole, Suraj pole,
Laxman Pole, Chand Pole, Kishan Pole and Andheri Gate. Also there are
remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many
- City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal : An
18th century palace harmoniously blending the Rajput and Mughal
styles of architecture. While the ground floors have been converted into
government offices and district courts , the upper apartment is presently
- Government Museum : The museum has the finest
collection of Mughal and Rajput painting dating back to the
18th and 19th centuries and some rare ancient
manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit. ‘Gulistan’ (the garden
of roses) , Waqiat-I-Babri’ (autobiography of Mughal emperor Babar) and
Bostan (the garden of spring) are some of the notable ones amongst the
collection. It also has the copy of the great epic ‘Mahabharata’ painted
by the artists of the Alwar school. A rich collection of the Indian
armoury are among other exhibits of the museum. Timings 10.00 hrs. to
17.00 hrs. (closed on Fridays and gazetted holidays. Free entry on
Behind the City Palace is an artificial lake
built in 1815 A.D. by Maharaja Vinay Singh with few temples along its
banks. A marvellous chhatri with unusual Bengali roof and arches, also
known as the Moosi Maharani ki chhatri, is situated in this are Purjan
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 settign
called ‘Shimla’ which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 A.D. The
lush surrounding and the cool shades make it the idyllic visiting spot
TO GET THERE
- Vijai Mandir Palace(10 km) : A splendid palace,
built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 A. D. 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 Palace Hotel (13 km): An idyllic
picnic spot with enchanting landscape of wooded hills and beautiful
chhatris on the embankment of the 10.5 sq. km placid lake. A magnificient
royal palace and the hunting 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 phjotographers and fil makers.
- Jai Samand Lake(6 km): A beautiful artificial
lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 A.D. is a popular spot for
outing and picnics. During monsoons,sprawling greenery all around makes it
a visual treat. Easily accessible by road from Alwar.
Tigers Wildlife Sanctury
- 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 sancturary 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
- 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 sancturary.Presently, it has been converted into a hotel-
Sariska Palace. RTDC Hotel Tiger Den also offers excellent accommodation
at Sariska. The best time to drive in the sanctuary is from till
Entry fee : Per head Rs.25/- Rs.5/-
camera: Rs.10/- Rs.2/- 8 mm
Movie camera: Rs.50/- Rs.50/- 16
Movie Camera: Rs.100/- Rs.100/-
Vehicle Entry Fee: Bus Rs.100/-;
Mini Bus Rs.50/-;Diesel Jeep Rs.100/-; Petrol Jeep or Car Rs.75/-. Jeeps
are available on hire at the RTDC Hotel Tiger Den.
Per Jeep (upto 5 persons), extra person-Rs.50/- per head.
Night halt in
the sanctuary is allowed only after obtaining prior permissison from the
Field Director,Sariska Tiger Reserve(In special cases only)
WHERE TO STAY (ACCOMODATION)
DISTANCES TO SOME IMPORTANT TOURIST CENTRES
Deeg 76 km
Dhaulpur 230 km via Deeg,Bharatpur
Mumbai 1434 kms via Bharatpur, Agra, Indore, Nasik
Calcutta 1444 kms via Bharatpur, Agra, Allahabad, Asansol, Burdwan
Delhi 170 kms via Sohna,
Chennai 2221 kms via Agra, Jhansi,
Agra 166 kms via Deeg,
Ahmedabad 874 kms via Jaipur, Abu
Ajmer 281 kms via
Bharatpur 116 kms via
Bikaner 472 kms via Jaipur, Sikar,
Bundi 346 kms via Jaipur, Tonk,
Chittaurgahr 468 kms via Jaipur,
Gwalior 286 kms via Bharatpur,
Jaipur 148 kms via Thanagazi,
Jaisalmer 782 kms via Jaipur,
Jodhpur 483 kms via
Mathura 158 kms via Deeg,
Mt. Abu 656 kms via Jaipur, Ajmer,
Beawar, Bar, Sojat, Pali, Sanderap,
- Jewellery and other handicraft items.
- A sweetmeat speciality made of milk
Alwar Mawa is not to be missed.
Markets areas are Hope Circus,Bajaja
Bazar,Sarrafa Bazar,Mala Khera Bazar,Kedalganj Bazar.
Area : 44.76 sq. km.
- Climate : Mean Max.
- Summer : 37.0 degree C 24.0 degree C
- Winter : 31.0 degree
C 11.0 degree C
- Rainfall : 62 cms.
- Best Season :
- Clothing : Summer Light Tropical
- Winter Light
- Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi,