Alwar lies equidistant
from Delhi and Jaipur. Alwar is a city carved out of the jagged, rocky
Aravalli Hills where gruesome battles were fought. The city nestles
between several small hills, on the most prominent of which stands a
dramatically forbidding fort.
The royal ambience still pervades the city, marked by a number of
structures of historical significance. Lakes and valleys thickly wooded in
parts, have made this area the haunt of animals and birds. Rich in
wildlife, Alwar has one of the finest sanctuaries in Rajasthan.
Alwar, amongst the
Rajput principalities was closest to imperial Delhi, influencing the
people and history of the region, formerly known as Mewat. The people of
Alwar never submitted to alien rule and often rebelled as they had
developed a hardy, but carefree attitude to life. During the 12th and 13th
centuries, they often acted as adventurers and marauders and used to raid
Delhi at night. The western gates of the capital had to be completely shut
every evening to bar them from entering. Sultan Balban (1267-1287) finally
crushed their disorganised resistance and as a result they came under
Muslim rule. In 1771, Maharaja Pratap Singh won back Alwar and founded a
principality of his own.
Delhi, which is 163
km away is the nearest airport and there are good connections from
prominent locations in and around the State by train. Regular bus services
link Alwar with key destinations in Rajasthan and with Delhi.
Alwar Fort, City
Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal, Government Museum and Purjan Vihar or Company
Vijai Mandir Palace
(10 km), Siliserh Lake and Palace Hotel (13 km), Jai Samand Lake
(6 km), and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary (37 km).
Jewellery and other
handicraft items. A sweet-meat speciality made of milk Kalakand is not to
be missed. Market areas are Hope Circus, Bazaza Bazar, Sarafa Bazar,
Malakhera Bazar, and Kedalgunj Bazar.
Alwar & Nearby Alwar
Rani Moosi Ki Chattri
Siliserh Lake & Palace
Hotels in Alwar