Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the grand City Palace and the stunning Siliserh Lake, Alwar offers you a mix of history, architecture and nature. Though the Sariska Tiger Reserve is perhaps the best way to spend your time in Alwar, you can also spend a little time exploring the lake and Government Museum. When visiting the reserve, do book a safari in advance lest you miss out on a great slot. Early mornings and early evenings are the best way to explore the reserve. Boasting of tigers, including the Bengal Tiger, the reserve is home to the Indian Leopard, Indian Jackal, Sambhar and Wild Boars. Of course, you'll also spot monkeys making a ruckus and a crowd of Neelgais and that is quite fun to watch as well. Avoid eating anything while on the safari since it's a strict no. The Siliserh Lake is another lovely spot where you can indulge in a bit of boating and a delicious lunch. The food here is a bit on the expensive side but it's totally worth it. While here, you can also take a trip to City Palace. You may feel that there are tons of palaces around Rajasthan that are way more beautiful, but this one has its own charm. Away from the chaos of the main city, it offers you a respite from dilapidated, ill maintained forts. Do try food at one of the restaurants in the city. Not only is the food delicious, the hospitality is warm and adds to the meal.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Alwar is from October to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Alwar City Palace (Vinay Villas Palace)
City Palace of Alwar was built by Raja Bakhtayar Singh in 17th century which is now converted into Government offices. The City Museum, located on the upper floors of the Palace have collections on display from Royal era. As per my research, it have artifacts of the royal family of the palace which includes about 9702 coins, 2270 arms & weapons, 234 sculptures, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts and much more. (source - www.rajasthandirect.com)
Another hostorically rich place in the Aravallis, this fort is situated in the northenmost corner of the Aravalli Range in the Alwar District. The fort was built many years ago and is at presently completely in ruins. Only the huge Eastern Entrance is still intact and this shows that whatever attacks it has faced were all from the other side. The good part is that theauthorities are working towards repairing this whole place and trying to bring back at least a major part of the former glory. You need to obtain a written police permission to enter this fort premises. If you are unawre of this rule and just reached the place, you can stand in front of the fort and look around. Since, the fort is on a lofty hill, you get a lovely panoramic view of the surroundings from here.
Bala Quila Road
This is one hidden treasure in the city which seems a bit secluded from the rest. Bala quila is situated on the top of a hill. The road gets lonely after certain distance but if you going in a huge group...this place is a must visit! Its mainly the view from that fort that mesmerises you... with lush green surroundings and peacocks almost everywhere.
If you love plants, green cover & fresh air then you must visit this garden at Alwar. At the center of this garden is "Shimla summer house" built by King Mangal Singh where the temperature is a bit lower than external temperature and you could feel the air more fresh and rich in oxygen inside the Shimla summer house.
Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri
The cenotaph is a monument of love. It was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh, son of Maharaja Bhaktawar Singh in his fathers honour. This is also known as Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, named after one of the mistresses of Maharaja Bhaktawar Singh. Moosi Bai is said to have performed Sati by jumping into the pyre of her husband in this place only. After this incident she was given the status of a Queen. This monument is built outside the main palace. It is a two-storey building made of red sandstone. It is based on many small white marble pillars. There are also many domed pavilions on the ground floor. The Bengali styled arches and the just opposite red and white color just increases the grandeur of the beautiful monument.
Vinay Vilas Palace
This palace was built in the 18th century and just like the name suggests, it was built by Maharaja Vinay Vilas. This palace is also known as the City Palace of Alwar and is the main palace in this city. The beautiful monument is a pure and perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. This is an evidence of the relations between the two empires in spite of all the battles and wars. There are a number of other attractions inside the monument. The most important ones out of these are the Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Purjan Vihar, the beautiful, artificial lake built by the Maharja himself and the Alwar Museum of course. The Alwar Museum is the most popular out of all and has a vast collection of antiques. There is a huge collection of manuscripts in various languages such as Persian, Urdu and Sanskrit. Some of these are Bostan, Waqiat-e- Babri, Gulistan and others written during the Mughal period goving a vivid account of the royal life of the Mughals. There is also a division of the museum where you will find a collection of weapons of the Indian Army and there is a huge collection of beautiful paintings as well.
City Palace Road
The city palace is home to government offices, as well as the government museum. Because of the offices, the condition of the palace is very bad, but the museum is surprisingly good. There is huge collection of artifacts from the period of the royals, and is worth visiting.