A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan

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16th Aug 2019

~The gorgeous reflections of Vijay Mandir Palace~ https://www.instagram.com/rucksackdiaries/

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

Longer vacations are easier to plan when compared to the weekend ones. Last month, I was in Leh (my happy place) for over two weeks. On our way back, my husband and I had 3 days in Delhi before the flight back and had no idea what to do. A little bit of googling of the nearest places to visit from Delhi gave us an extensive list. We picked the most intriguing option from that and got ready for the unplanned trip.

The first image that pops into one's head at the mention of Rajasthan is Desert; the brown pearls shimmering over the scorching sun. Contrary to that, Rajasthan has its fair share of hills too. One such exquisite city in the lap of the Aravali hills is Alwar.

As the distance was just 160 kms from Delhi, we decided to rent a bike and ride. The weather prediction said little rain and pleasant weather, so we geared up in our jackets, boots and set off on the monsoon ride.

~Tiny hills and forts of Alwar~

Photo of Alwar, Rajasthan, India by Mouna Nanaiah

We started from New Delhi and hit NH 48, it took more time getting out of the city than reaching Alwar. Once on the highway, the roads were good and full of great pit stops. As we reached the city, we were welcomed by light drizzle which continued into the night.

~Looking at the architecture of Vinay Vilas Mahal~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

As the sun rose the next day, we set out to explore the city which was once part of the architectural gem of Rajasthan. The first stop was the City Palace also known as Vinay Vilas Mahal, which currently is used as a government office. Although it is very ill maintained and has become partly a cow shed, the good news is that the palace is going to be converted into a heritage hotel soon. The marble pavilions and lotus shaped courtyard blends the Rajputana - Islamic architectural styles.

~The gorgeously built step well~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Don't you love the arches~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

The entire area of the City Palace consists of Vinay Vilas palace, the museum and Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri. We spent 2 hours here taking pictures and walking around. The step well here is filled with fishes, pigeons flying around and the arches beautifully designed. The whole scenario changed when it started to drizzle again, everything looks so much better in reflections.

~Wondering what the insides of the closed halls look like~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~The marble lotus pillars~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Rain makes everything look better ~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~The cenotaph built by the emperor~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

A short distance from the City Palace is Bala Qila. The entrance to the fort is also the entry to the Sariska Tiger Reserve. We paid 10 Rs for the entry fee and 20 Rs for the bike. The ride up to the fort was about 4 kms of winding roads, magnificent hills on one side and villages below. With lesser people and gorgeous views, it was one of the most cozy rides. We saw safari jeeps running up and down the road. I heard one of the travelers say that they spotted a Leopard. I only wished to not have an encounter while I was on the wheel!

~Taking shelter from rain while sipping Chai~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Down down down we go, gently down the street~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Taking a break and soaking in all the beauty around~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Notice the steps that go up to the watch tower~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Rain coming our way~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

It started to pour down cats and dogs by afternoon. Having our own bike gave us the liberty to just ride around the village. The outskirts of Alwar is so perfect, right out of a story book. We passed through many tiny lakes, hills covered in clouds, hamlets, people working in their fields waving at us. There was no destination, no google maps, just a bike, a camera and two people.

~View from Moti Doongri~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~A ride along the village roads~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~Siliserh lake view ~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

~A lake amidst the hills and the villages~

Photo of A monsoon ride to Alwar - the lesser know city of Rajasthan by Mouna Nanaiah

The ride to Alwar was relaxing and beautiful at the same time. This oldest kingdom holds the royal air in its lungs. It has beautiful architectures, multiple shrines and 5 star heritage hotels. The simplicity of Alwar was so refreshing in this modern era. If you live in and around Delhi, just take that trip.

Bon Voyage!

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