Alwar at a glance
Coordinates : 27.54 N, 76.63 E
State : Rajasthan
Alwar has a unique recognition because of Sariska Van Abhyaranya Bala Quila and other famous temples. This historical city’s origin dates back to 1st century AD. This city is quite popular for the Ayurvedic and Unani medicine practices. This city offers many places to visit over a weekend.
How to reach Alwar :
By air :
The closest airport to Alwar is the Sanagneer airport located at a distance of 114 kilometers.
By train :
Alwar houses the Alwar junction which is well connected by an extensive network of trains that keeps Alwwar well connected.
By road :
One can find buses to Alwar from almost all major cities in the country.
Things to do in Alwar
Baazaza Bazar :
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Located at the center of the city, Bazaza Bazar is a wholesale market that sells traditional Rajasthani textile and jewelry items. This area is quite popular among locals.
Bala quila Fort
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Bala Quila Fort stands majestically about 1000 feet above the Alwar city. The fort has 15 large and 51 small towers and the entire structure is adorned with marble columns and lattice window balconies. Also known as Alwar fort, this stand on a hill on the Aravalli range. Built in the mid-16th century, this then majestic fort is now in the state of ruins. This famous fort has walls which are decorated with finely crafted with ancient scriptures and sculptures that would take you back to the golden times. It is a testimonial of Indo-Islamic architecture. Bala Quila gives a picturesque view and weaves the story of forgotten times. This is a perfect place to visit to contemplate our history.
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Bhangarh fort, a medieval fort, is a natural beauty, complete with natural springs, banyan trees and waterfalls. Other attractions within the fort are the rich havelis and a few temples. It was built in the 17th century by Raja Man Singh I. This famous destination is more popular as Haunted Fort. This place is supposed to be haunted and a few mishappenings have been reported too. There is an interesting backstory about this too. This fort became more popular after Archaeological Society of India put up a board saying that visitors are not allowed inside the fort after dusk. It is indeed an exciting place to visit for adventure seekers.
Churi market is the girly shopping market where again you get traditional Rajasthani clothes and accessories for women. This market is quite famous for its colorful bangles. This is the main place in Alwar which the girls mustn’t forget to visit!
Company Bagh :
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Company Bagh is one of the beautiful gardens of this sandy place which boasts of an outstanding formation. Also known as Company garden or Shimla House, this was constructed in the mid-19th century. This fabulous Shimla House also provides cool shades which make it the ideal for visiting during summers. With the lush gardens, it is one of the most important place to visit in Alwar.
Jai pol fort
This seemingly small fortress also shows some beautiful doorways that were used as the entry points to this amazing citadel. This is a wonderful place, and it is filled with scenic beauty and is a natural habitat that you will possibly fall in love with. A beautiful view of surrounding hills can be captured from here.
Malakhera Bazar (market) has all sorts of traditional Rajasthani handicraft products. You also get daily household products here such as utensils, rugs, brassware etc. A huge number of tourists visit this bazar every year.
Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri
Chhatris are commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honor in the Rajput architecture of Rajasthan. This particular one is a beautiful cenotaph (empty tomb) in honor of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his Queen Rani Moosi, who committed ‘sati’(self immmolation). Constructed in the year 1804, this dome shaped monument is a riveting spectacle. It is often flocked by viviting peacocks and other exotic birds. This is a popular destination in Alwar.
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Famous for its swanky palace, the Ganesh and Lakshmi Narayan temples, Moti dungri is a favourite spot for the tourist folk. Ganesh temple at the foot of the hill allures not only the devotees but also the sightseer with its picturesque settings.
The Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple is carved out of stone and is known for its amazing lattice work on marble, encapsulating some mythological images that offer a splendid view for art-lovers.
This shrine is a little off the town and lies on the Sariska – Alwar highway. Cars and other means of transport will have to be left near the highway and the temple can be reached only by foot. It has a beautiful and old Shiva temple at the top of a hill, which is surrounded by other rocky hills and rich vegetation. The thick forest cover, the 18th century temple and the peaceful natural habitat brings out the spiritual best from every visitor. Trekking, picnicking and bird watching are the popular activities to do here.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
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Neelkanth (Lord Shiva) temple is located within the Tiger Reserve premises (Sariska Sanctuary) and though it is almost in ruins, locals still hold faith in this temple. It was built between the 6th-9th centuries CE.
Pandupol is a famous tourist spot located inside Sariska jungles. Legend has it, that the Pandavas (Mahabharata) spent their time in exile (‘Agyatvaas’) – secret time – here. A hanuman temple and a 35m waterfall too are located near it.
Sarafa Bazar is the jewelry market of Alwar where you find a wide range of precious stones, semi-precious stones and diamond jewelry. This, along with other bazars are major crowd magnets in Alwar.
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Sariska Palace once served as the poaching lodge of the Maharaja of Alwar. The palace is much admired for its architectural grandeur and natural surroundings. This palace is now converted into a luxury hotel.
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Sariska wildlife sanctuary, the famous tiger reserve is located just a few minutes away from the Alwar city. Known for the Bengal tigers inhabiting the place – this is a must see for all tourists. This sanctuary itself has many other popular tourist destinations. This is a must visit place to witness the glory of Bengal Tiger in nature’s abode.
Siliserh lake Palace :
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An erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge, Siliserh Lake palace has been converted into a heritage hotel owned by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC). This beautiful palace oversees a lake and majestic hills. The panoramic view of this setting is a major attraction in Alwar.
Vijay Mandir palace :
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Situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from the center of the city of Alwar, Vijay Mandir Palace is said to have been built as a result of the whims of the eccentric King, Maharaja Jai Singh who was a patron of art and architecture and had a passion for beautiful palaces. The various features of the palace reflect the grandeur of the royal era of Rajasthan. The serene lake in the foreground and surrounding gardens add beauty to this palace, which makes it a visual feast and must visit place.
What to Eat in Alwar: Local Food and Cuisine
Alwar is the home of Alwar ka mawa (milkcake) and Kalakand. These sweets are the definition of Ajmer’s cuisine and one just doesn’t leave Ajmer without trying these. While these sweets are unique to the town, it offers you a wide and rich range of popular Rajasthani preparations and snacks. The town’s menu comprises of Puri, Dal Bati Choorma, Rabdi, Lassi, Gatte ki Sabzi and many more.