City Palace (Vinay Vilas Palace)
Sariska National Park Sariska Tiger Reserve)
City Palace Museum
Fateh Jung ka Gumbaj
The Hill Fort, Kesroli
The Bala Fort (Alwar Fort)
Welcome to Alwar,
Alwar(Ulwar) is a district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Alwar, environed by the lofty Aravali Hills and housing the famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bala-Quila, among other lovely tourist hotspots, is yet another jewel in the crown of the wonderful Rajasthan. Born on 25th November in the year 1775 A.D, when Rao Pratap Singh wrested control from the powerful Mughals, it is located in North-Eastern Rajasthan. Do not forget to capture the image of the grand Alwar Fort that stands tall as an insignia victory.
Famous places in he city are Mansa Devi's Temple, Neemrana Fort, Palace Museum, Sariska Palace, The Bala Fort (Alwar Fort), City Palace (Vinay Vilas Palace), Karni Mata's Temple, Sariska National Park(Sariska Tiger Reserve), Pandu Pole Hanuman Temple etc.
Amanbagh sits in isolation amidst the arid Aravalli Hills near Alwar in northern India. The region is rich in early Hindu history, dating to the dawn of Hindu civilization. At almost every turn lies a ruin or relic from a lost empire and resort activities include visits to rural villages, the Ajabgarh Fort and the town of Alwar.
Amanbagh is a contemporary retreat paying elegant homage to the architecture and design of India's golden age. The resort comprises a main building that rises over three levels. On the first level is the arrival area that leads to the reception hall and onto a shaded court, bordered on one side by the Dining Room and on the other, by the Lounge. Rising from the reception area is a sweeping staircase that leads to the Library and an outdoor terrace. Two external staircases lead to the Roof Terrace that is elevated above a canopy of trees and provides sweeping views over the surrounding landscape.
Amanbagh provides 24 garden, terrace and courtyard haveli suites and 16 pool pavilions. The Restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere beneath a soaring double height ceiling, serving home-style Indian cuisine and Western dishes prepared with fresh produce from the organic garden.
The ruins of Bhangarh paint a picture of the ancient kingdom that once flourished here. Founded in 1631 by Madho Singh, Younger brother of th famous Man Singh of Amer, this town of about 10,000 dwellings was suddenly abandoned due to reasons clothed in mystery. Particularly noteworthy is the town plannng, castle hierarchy, market system and the charming beauty of several temples.
The site seems the perfect place to pack a picnic lunch and retire to. The recently restored evocative medieval bazaar is a truly fascinating experience. Nearby is the finely carved Someshwar Temple. The temple tank is still used by villagers to bathe and wash. There's also the Temple of Gopinath which has carved pillars and a corbeled cupola.
Another fascinating monument of Bhangarh is the Randiyon ka Mahal (Palace of Prostitutes). Its unusual name probably comes from female courtesans for whom the palace was built. In those days female court attendants were also taken from harems of rulers. Overall, Bhangarh makes an exciting trip.
A throubbing pilgrimage centre which revolves around the legend of King Bharathari who wandered about in exile. In this region in panance for his suspicions against his younger brother Vikramaditya (renowned king of Malwa).
A blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the City Palace of Alwar dates back to the 18th Century. Presently, in the ground floor of the palace, government offices and district courts are functioning. The attractions of the City Palace, Rajasthan include an artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815. There are also a number of temples on the banks of the lake.
Inside the palace is a splendid chhatri, having Bengali roof and arches. It is known as Moosi Maharani ki chhatri. Located within this chattri is the Company garden, known as Purjan Vihar. The garden was built during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in the year 1868. Maharaja Mangal Singh made further additions to the garden in 1885. This garden is an ideal picnic spot in summers providing lush green surrounding, along with the cool shades of its numerous trees.
The City Palace (Vinay Vilas Mahal) houses a museum in its upper story floors, known as the Government Museum. On display in the museum are some ancient Mughal and Rajput painting dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also has a rich collection of some rare and antique Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit manuscripts. Amongst these manuscripts, the most prominent ones include Bostan (the garden of spring), Waqiat-e-Babri (Mughal emperor Babar's autobiography) and Gulistan (the garden of roses). Other attractions of the museum consist of an array of Indian armory weapons and a copy of Mahabharata, painted by the artists of the Alwar School.
The other objects on display includes a silver dining table with lion's legs and ivory, Brass and pottery sections presents finest artistic talents from Multan, Srilanka, Jaipur and Bengal. Armory collections in the museum exhibit some of the precious artifacts like the sword of Akbar, Sultan Mohammad Ghori and Aurangzeb. Superb assortment of Rajput weapons is another attraction in the Museum.
A monument rather than a clock tower, this royal fa?ade of the ancient Rajput reign stands proudly in the near surroundings of the busy Church Road. It situates in the fifth street from the church road. A lofty structure, this clock tower might have been served a lot to the locals in their routine life. This magnificent formation houses the commanding view of the near by locality. Its towering edifice presents brilliant architectural talents and this monument is a proud testimonial to the progressive rule of the illustrious Rajputs.
A picturesque garden, laid out during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 A.D. The garden has an enchanting setting called 'Shimla' which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 A.D. The lush surrounding and the cool shades make it the idyllic visiting spot during summers. A marvellous chhatri with unusual Bengali roof and arches, also known as the Moosi Maharani ki chhatri, is situated here.
An illustrious warrior belonged to Khanzada leaders of Alwar, Fateh Jung was a minister in the court of the Mughal Emperor Shajahan. The cenotaph of this great combatant is well recognized as an artistic marvel. Fateh Jung ka Gumbaj is an impressive sepulcher with a colossal arena that displays a perfect mixture of Islamic and Hindu architectural trends. This five-storied structural splendor surpasses all the contemporary monuments. The tomb is bounded by a lush, verdant garden, which adds the charm of the tomb.
Hope Circus is a monument situated almost midway between Alwar Railway Station and Alwar City Palace. Named after Miss Hope, daughter of the then Viceroy of India - Lord Linlithgow, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Alwar. Hope Circus is a circular structure having flight of steps leading to the top from all four sides. It is also one of the main shopping centers in Alwar.
The youngest kingdom of the Rajput clan, Alwar presents so many marvelous stony structures and the Bala Quila outshines all of them. A colossal fort, which reflects excellent artistry and caliber, Bala Quila is the most fascinating lure in this pebbly locale. Like all other massive forts, this fortress also shows some exquisite doorways that were used as the entry points to this amazing citadel. Out of the innumerable pols, Jai Pol arrests one's attention with its exquisite beauty and uniqueness. This is the majestic entry point of this fabulous structure, which is deftly carved with lovely sculptures. As the name indicates, this door is the monument of victory of the then rulers.
6-km from the city, Jaisamand Lake makes a beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 AD; a popular spot for outings and picnics. During monsoons, sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. This place is easily accessible by road from Alwar. Jai Samand Lake is ideal for water sports. It makes a great angling site.
What makes the Kalakand market so special is a sweet dish, which tempts everybody with its rich aroma. This sweet is so renowned for its excellent taste that even a street is named after this particular dish. One of the interesting facts about this dish is that it uses meat as one of its ingredients. Flanked with a large number of small and large sized shops, Kalakand Market provides finest handicrafts and Jewellery items. It is interesting to note that on Tuesdays all the shops in the market would be closed. A large expansion is covered under the area as market, which is popularly called by different names like Sarafa Bazar, Bazaza Bazar, Hope Circus, Kedalgunj Bazar and Malakhera Bazar.
One of the remarkable sacred spots in entire India itself, Karni Mata temple boast of a unique tradition. Built in the late Mughal style, this temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, a ferocious incarnation of Kali. The deity is presumed to be the depiction of Mahishasura Mardhini. The temple presents exemplary artwork. Its intricately paneled walls, dexterously carved doors, arcades, pergolas and galleries proffer a rare feast to the devotees.
This holy abode of goddess Kali pay much respect to rats so that they are protected from enemies. Their holy status is due to the myth that these rodents are the incarnations of storyteller clan to which Karni Mata belonged. Special fissures in the temple premises are meant to provide easiness to their activities and they flounce about happily in the temple. It is considered lucky if one would come across with a white rodent during the Darshan in the temple.
As the name indicates, this sacred shrine is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Deity here invokes an unusual fervor among the devotees since the lord depicts exceptional charm. Lord Krishna is happened to be the most adorned and respected god among the Hindu Pantheon and so this temple complex is frequented by thousands of devotees from all parts of India. This temple complex presents a mixed blend of Rajasthani and Mugal architecture that offers a stunning look to its structure. This serene surroundings of the temple holds shrines of other gods and goddesses, which adds much divinity to the temple. Apart from generating an ethereal feeling among the pious people, the lofty mountain peaks, the rejuvenating water bodies and the thick vegetation that bounds this sacred abode of Lord Krishna provides a lovely ambiance.
Navratra festival is celebrated in the mandir for nine days. Twice in a year millions of devotees visit the temple.
A chhatri built in memory of Moosi Rani, wife of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh, is magnificent. It took nine years(1804 A.D. to 1813 A.D.) to complete the construction of the tank.
A favourite hot spot of the tourist folk, Moti Doongri is famous for its swanky palace, the Ganesh and Lakshmi Narayan temples. The palace at the uphill was a small fortress earlier and it was renovated by Sawai Man Singh II. It was the residence of the Rajmatha, Gayathri Devi. Monti Doongri palace is built in the style of a Scottish castle and its peculiar architecture is worth mentioning. Since this is a private property of the royal family public are not allowed to go inside the palace. Monti Doongri palace was used to be the venue of great parties during the time of Sawai Man Singh II. Ganesh temple at the foot of the hill allures not only the devotees but also the sightseer with its picturesque settings. Another fascinating attraction is the Birla Mandir, which amazes the tourists with its sheer beauty.
Situated in the suburban of Alwar city, Naldeshwar is a picturesque locale, which is renowned for an ancient Mahadeva Temple. This lovely village is bounded by pebbly peaks and natural vegetations and it offers a mesmerizing charm during monsoon. The sacred temple at Naldeshwer presents architectural grandeur. Bounded by abundant natural vista, this temple houses natural Shivalinga and its serenity are so great that one would really fell in love with this place. Apart from its structural grace the temple premises holds two natural bunds, which obtain water from the adjoining hills. The access to the temple itself is an alluring attraction, since it offers a lovely trek amidst lush greenery. This panoramic location stood amazingly imposing during monsoon season when the raindrops sprinkle its magical shower over the blossoming foliage.
A tiny and remote village in Alwar, Natani Ka Baran is famed for an ancient Lord Shiva Temple. This beautiful village gives a clear picture about the rustic village life of the desert state. Natni Ka Baran is a much-desired location of pious as well as the challenge lovers. While the devout found solace in the serene ambiance of the sacred temple, the adventurous lot would found immersed in the lovely trek. Natni Ka Baran would be an ideal place for those who want to have a quiet and relaxing time in a picture perfect location.
Neelkanth Temples in Alwar are among the several tourist attractions that lie within the world famous Sariska National Park. Though the ancient temples of Neelkanth today lie in a wrecked state, they remind of the glorious history of the bygone era and are worth a visit during your tour to Alwar city.
Around 32 km from the main entry point of Sariska National Park, one comes across the ancient ruins of Neelkanth Temples. Though no clear evidence is available regarding the construction of Neelkanth Temples in Alwar, history suggests that these temples were built during the period of 6th - 13th century. The most prominent and frequently visited temple among these is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (who is also known as Neelkanth in Hindu mythology). The temple continues to attract a large number of devotees across the country even today.
On the main road between Delhi-Jaipur, this Chauhan stronghold nestles in a horseshoe-shaped cleft in the hills. The fort, built over different periods of its history, is picturesque, and has recently been restored. Now a heritage hotel, it is the perfect base to visit the deep stepwells within walking distance that can be explored on foot.
An arduous, bumpy drive of 8 Kms. taking off from Tehla Village is very well compensatd by an overwhelming view of ruins of several ten centuries old, fabulously carved temple which stand studded on a small hillock surrounded on all sides by forest covered hills.
Mandir Shri Pandupol Hanuman Ji is located in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. It was built by Saint Nirbhaya Das Ji before 5000 years. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. There is a mythological water stream near the temple. Mandir Shri Pandupol Hanuman Ji is around 35 km from Alwar Railway Station and 110 km from Sanganer Airport.
Behind the City Palace is an artificial lake built in 1815 A.D. by Maharaja Vinay Singh with few temples along its banks. A marvellous chhatri with unusual Bengali roof and arches, also known as the Moosi Maharani ki chhatri, is situated in this are Purjan.
This is the nearest Tiger Reserve and spans over 800 kms of forests. The tiger reserve is a home to some of the best known wildlife sanctuaries. A variety of other wild animals like the leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cats are found in the Sariska Tiger Reserve apart from the tiger. The Sariska National Park is home to India's largest population of peafowl, and harbours quail, sand grouse, golden- backed woodpeckers and crested serpent eagles, among other species. Also the Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park has a large number of crocodiles.
Sariska Place built in 1892 - 1900 as a hunting camp by the erstwhile ruler of the Alwar is now a luxury hotel. Sariska is open to visitors throughout the year but the best season to observe wildlife is during winter months. i.e. from November to March. The Rajasthan Tourism Dev. Corpn. runs a hotel and also provides transport on hire to visit the sanctuary.
Located 13 kms from the city of Alwar, the enchanting Siliserh Lake was built in 1845 AD by Maharaja Vinay Singh for his Queen Shila . The lake was built by constructing an earthen dam between two hills to store the water of a small tributary of river Ruparel.
The lake is picturesquely set amidst the forested slopes of Aravalli Hills. The lake attracts a lot of migratory birds adding colour and music to the scene. But for the hustle of the whispering woods and chirping birds, the place promises total calm and is ideal for a trek.
The former strong hold of the mighty Rajputs were a dream destination for the English and when this pretty place came under their control, they began to construct many buildings and monuments. All these fabulous structures reflect the progressive outlook of the English. Saint Andrew's Church adjoining to the Company Bagh is one among those splendid formations where the British people conduct their Sunday adorations. This church came under the authority of the Scottish churches and holds the elegance of the Victorian architecture of ancient times. Now this has been found locked almost all the time.
A thriving holy place where people throng in large gathering, Talvriksha in the Narayanjii Road needs special mention. It is situated at the northern periphery of the famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. A devout center bounded by deep forest and verdant greenery, Talvriksha gives a soothing feeling to not only the pious people but also to those who came there to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. In the midst of the lustrous foliage, the sacred temple dedicated to goddess Ganga provides an enchanting and ethereal feeling
Fringed with lovely groves of lofty trees, this place is a haven of the feathering flock whose chirping makes the ambiance more serene. This picturesque spot is renowned for its hot water spring whose medicinal properties attract people from distant places. Because of its sulphur content, water in the spring is very useful for skin ailments.
The Alwar fort, built on a hill, about 1960 feet above the sea level, stands majestically 1000 feet above the city of Alwar. The fort was built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550 A.D. It passed from the Mughals, to the Marathas, to the Jats, till it was finally captured by the Kachhwaha Rajputs. The fort, from nort to south is about 5 kms. long and is about 1.5 kms. wide. There are six entrances to the fort which are, Chand Pol, Suraj Pal (named after Raja Suraj Mal of Bharatpur), Jai Pl, Kishan Pol, Andheri Gae and Laxman Pol. It is said that PratapSingh, the founder of Alwar state used Laxman Pol for entering the fort forth first time. Ametalled road in th past connected the city with Laman Pol.
The Hill fort, Kesroli is a Neemrana Group Enterprise. Kesroli is located near Alwar (Rajasthan, India). The Hill Fort, Kesroli, sited atop the rare, dark Hornstone Breccia rocks, commands splendid agrarian views from its ramparts which rise to 50-65 meters/ 150-200 feet.
The origins of the seven-turreted Hill Fort Kesroli are traced back to over six centuries. It is reputed to have been built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs, descendants of Lord Krishna, who converted to Islam in the mid-14th century to be called Khanzadas. It subsequently changed hands, being conquered by the Mughals and the Jats before reverting to the Rajputs in 1775 when the princely state of Alwar was founded. It saw its golden period under the Ranawat Thakur Bhawani Singh (1882-1934), renowned for his equestrian skills.
It is placed near to the busy Malakhera, Munshi and Sarrafa bazars, a royal cenotaph of a great warrior is definite to catch the attention of the onlookers. The Tripolia, the imperial mausoleum of Sauber Pal, stands elegantly in the midst of these busy market places. This monument was built in the year 1417 AD, in order to commemorate the bravery and valor of Sauber Pal, who was the grandson of Tarang Sultan. This structure presents flat domed roofs and each side of the structure is provided with one gate. The eastern most corner of this monument houses a pretty temple in the name of Lord Shiva. Nehru Park, which is situated in the vicinity of Tripolia serves a lot to grab people towards this brightening edifice of the seventeenth century.
Situated 10-km away from the city this palace is a splendid palace, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1918 AD. A picturesque lake overlooking the palace makes it a fascinating sight. A fabulous Sita Ram Temple in the palace attracts number of devotees, especially during Ramnavami. While the ground floor have been converted into govt. offices and district courts, upper apartment is presently a museum. One needs prior permission form the Secretary to visit the palace.
Viratnagar is situated on the Jaipur -Alwar state highway. here are some very unique and historical Venus at Viratnagar which have largely escaped tourist attention. These venues are not only of great historical importance but are also in a reasonably good state. They can be easily opened to the ever- increasing tourist traffic to the colorful state if Rajasthan.
A complex of rock shelter and natural cave shelters found in different hills of Viratnagar indicate the presence of prehistorical people from the beginning of early stone age up to late stone age. The city is said to have been founded by King Virat in whose kingdom the five pandavas spent the thirteen-year of their exile in disguise (Agyatwas). The place Viratnagar assumed a special significance during the period of Mahabharata. At a site known as Bhim Ki Dungari or Pandu's Hill a large cave exists here as the adobe of Bhim and several smaller rooms and the dwellings of his brothers, as also Kichak's palace.
t was at Viratnagar that parleys were conducted to avoid the war, which later came to be known as Mahabharata -one of the most destructive war and yet fought within the best rules of kthe game. King Virat known for his velour and sagacity played as important role in the peace parleys which finally failed and the war brought about a total destruction of a great community. There are some very historical and important sites at Viratnagar, which need to be highlighted not only for the tourists but also for the local population and the casual visitors to Viratnagar.
- Garwaji, Choohar Sidh Falls, Laal Diggi, Kishan Kund, Ada Pada, Narayani Mata, Moti Dungri Park, Gaajuki, Kalsada, Sharma Bhavan, Gator (Alligator) Hole, Haldia Bhawan etc.