Popularly known as the tiger gate of Rajasthan, Alwar is one of the important Rajput state in Rajasthan. Surrounded by the ancient Arawali Hills, Alwar is the most popular destination to make a visit during the Rajasthan Tours. Formerly known as Mewar, the city depicts the cultural heritage since it was predominantly a Rajput Kingdom of India that came under Muslim domination during 13th -18th century. Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput, in 1771 A.D. belonging to the clan of Jaipur's rulers, won back Alwar and founded it once again. Travelling across Alwar will explore the heritages and historical monuments built by the past rulers. It is the most accessible city since it is just 150 km from Jaipur and 170 km from Delhi.
Alwar is best known for the gateway of the famous Sariska Tiger Reserve and large numbers of tourists make a sure visit to this place while visiting Jaipur.
Attractions of Alwar
It is one of the ancient courts that was constructed before the rise of Mughals and today is a popular travel attraction of Alwar. The unique fort stands 300 ft above the city and these days it is used as radio transmitter station. The tourists need to take a special permission from S.P. to visit the fort.
The Palace Complex was once the majestic palace of the Mewars which is now converted into a museum is yet another popular attraction of Alwar. The Palace Complex Museum showcases collection of royal dresses in beautiful embroidery; Kashmiri coat work and stone sculpture including 11th century sculpture of Vishnu. The collection also includes the traditional instruments with the most attractive sitar in the shape of peacock. The museum also has a separate room that is used as an exhibition hall and showcases the collections of paintings with live dramatization of the story about Krishna and Radha.
Purjan Vihar or the Company Garden, another attraction of Alwar was laid in 1868 A.D. in the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dhan Singh. It is a picturesque garden that has an enchanting setting called Shimla. This exotic setting was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 A.D. A unique Chatri with unusual Bengali roof and arches also known as the Moosi Maharani Ki Chattri in the garden draws tourists’ attraction.
Alwar- Quick View
Area: 10.82 sq.km.
Best season: October to March
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani and English
Excursion: Sariska Palace, Vijai Mandir Palace, Sariska National Park
Major attractions: Bala Qila, Palace Complex, Purjan Vihar
Distance from Delhi: 170 km
Distance from Jaipur: 150 km