Places To See
The Tiger Gate of Rajasthan
150 km from Jaipur and 170 km from Delhi. Alwar is nestled between a cluster of small hills of the Aravalli range. Perched on the most prominent of these hills is a massive ancient fort that whispers tales of the rich history of the city.
The city has a rich natural heritage with some beautiful lakes and picturesque valleys thickly wooded in parts.
Some of the finest variety of birds and animals are spotted here. Alwar has on of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan – Sariska, which is an excellent tiger country.
This huge fort with its rampart stretching 5 km from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west, stands 304 meters above the city and 595 meters above the sea level, constructed before the rise of the Mughal Empire.
It is a forbidding structure with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry, alongwith 8 huge towers encompassing it.
The fort has several gates – Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate. Also there are remains of the Jal Mahal , Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples.
City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal
An 18th century palace harmoniously blending the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. While the ground floors have been covered into government offices and district courts, the upper apartment is presently a museum.
The museum has the finest collections of Mughal and Rajput paintings dating back to the 18 th and 19 th centuries and some rare ancient manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit, ‘Gulistan’(the garden of roses), ‘Waquiat-I-Babri’(autobiography of the Mughal Emperor Babar) and ‘Bostan’ (the garden of springs) are some of the notable ones amongst the collection. A rich collection of the Indian armoury are among other exhibits of the museum.
Purjan Vihar (Company Garden)
A picturesque garden, laid out during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 AD The garden has an enchanting setting called ‘Shimla’ which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh in 1885 AD The lush surroundings and the cool shades make it the idyllic visiting spot during summers
Vijay Mandir Palace
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
Siliserh Lake & Palace Hotel (13 KM)
10.5 sq. km placid lake. A magnificent royal palace and the hunting lodge, built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845 AD for his queen Shila stands overlooking the lake. Now converted as the Hotel Lake Palace, it offers boating and sailing facilities and is a delight for the trigger-happy photographers and film makers.
Jai Samand Lake (6 KM)
A beautiful artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 AD is a popular spot for outings and picnics. During monsoons, the sprawling greenery all around makes it a visual treat. It is easily accessible by road from Alwar.
Sariska (37 KM)
The 765.80 sq km. thickly wooded reserve cradled in the picturesque valley of Aravallis. Established in 1955, it is an excellent tiger sanctuary under the Project Tiger. The dry deciduos forests of the Reserve are noted for their population of tiger, nilgai, sambhar, cheetal, four horned antelope and wild boar.
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