Alwar district is situated in the North-Eastern part of Rajasthan. It is bounded in the North by Gurgaon of Haryana, Bharatpur district on North-East and Mahendragarh of Haryana. Jaipur lies in the South-West and Dausa in the south.Alwar contains many interesting and historical monuments. The city has a beautiful lake and a picturesque valley. The Sariska National Sanctuary is located in the Aravalli hills only a few kilometres away from Alwar. The sanctuary, which is a Project Tiger reserve, also boasts of many other species, including rare birds and plants. The military cantonment of Itarana lies on the outskirts of Alwar. Milkcake (a kind of sweet) made in Alwar is not only very famous in India but is also exported out of country.
HOW TO REACH
By Air :-
Delhi and Jaipur are the nearest airports to Alwar.
By Rail: –
Comfortable rail connections are available to Alwar from Delhi and Jaipur.
buses and taxis are available both from Delhi (170 km) and Jaipur (145 km away).
WHAT TO SEE
Bala Quila Â Fort : –
This huge fort is famous for its history, which predates the Moghul rulers. It runs 5 km from north to south, and nearly 2 km from east to west, standing 304 meters above the city.Some of the Moghul rulers (like Babar) are reported to have stayed there before it reverted back to the Rajput rulers in the 18th century. The fort is circumscribed with several gates (called Pols) a few of which are named after various personalities. e.g. Jai Pol, Laxman Pol, Suraj Pol .
Vinay Vilas Mahal:-
The palace complex is situated just below the Fort but some of it has been converted into Govt. offices. The palace dates back to the 18th century and is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the complex houses the museum where a rich part of it’s history has been preserved.
Sariska Tiger Reserve And Nartional Park:-
Spread over nearly 800 km of forests, the Sariska Reserve is one of the reserves, which come under Project Tiger. Along with the Ranthambhore National Park, it provides an opportunity for seeing wildlife in Rajasthan.The wooded forests are home to the tiger, nilgai (blue bull), sambhar, cheetal, four horned antelope and wild boar. Within the park can be seen ruins of ancient temples. A palace built by the rulers of Alwar State has now been turned into the hotel – Sariska Palace. The park is notable for seeing wildlife at night and the best season to visit the park is November to June.
Jai Samand Lake:-
A beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 A.D. is a popular spot for outing and picnics. During monsoon, sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. Easily accessible by road from Alwar.
The museum has a wonderful collection of Mughal and Rajput paintings, rare art objects and miniature writings. The weaponry in use at the time can also be seen and is a reminder of the bloody battles that have been fought in these beautiful surroundings. The museum remains closed to the public on Fridays and public holidays.
The surroundings can make for many day trips such as to Vijai Mandir Palace, 10 km away. For information regarding permissions needed for visiting the palace the local tourist office can be contacted.
In Alwar, best buys are silver jewellery and handmade Rajasthani items. The terracotta statues, carpets, jutis, pottery work and bangles depict the rich culture of Rajasthan. The wafer-thin (kagzi) pottery is very famous in the city and originated in the city itself.Â The main shopping areas are Hope Circus, Bajaja Bazar, Sarraf Bazar, Mala Khera Bazar and Kedalganj Bazar and youâ€™ll find all the interesting and exciting things which you can take back with you.
Alwar has famous restaurants that serve you with pure vegetarian food (that excludes even onion and garlic) and organically grown vegetables. Palang Torh or the milk cake of Alwar is a delicious dessert that one would not like to miss. Though the restaurants may not have just the right kind of client dealing manner but the mouth-watering delicacies like allu parathas (a type of bread stuffed with potatoes), oil free gaajar ka halva (carrot dessert), mirchi ka achaar (chilli pickle) and kheer (a preparation of milk and rice) make up for their rustic hospitality.