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Introduction

The city of Alwar is referred to as the gateway to the historic and colorful state of Rajasthan, which is located in the northwestern part of India. However, it is more than a mere gateway to the rich cultural treasure that lies beyond: Alwar has its own heritage, which goes back to the mythological legends of the Mahabharata. Alwar has had a chequered history and has been a witness to many rules and rulers. It offers the traveler many sites of historical importance. The ride on the special train, the Fairy Queen is an added attraction of Alwar.

The origin of Alwar city goes back to the time of the Mahabharata. It was a part of the ancient kingdom of Matsya and it is said that legendary Pandava brothers had spent some time of their exile there. The ancient state of Alwar was probably the oldest kingdom in the state of Rajasthan. It is said that the city was founded by a member of the Kachh family hailing from the town of Amber. The local Rajput rulers of Alwar had a sweet-bitter relation with the rulers of Delhi in the early medieval period and there was a constant struggle to take control of Alwar. As Alwar was located at a strategic place, the Mughals annexed it and used it to mount military campaigns against the erstwhile Rajput principalities and states. The decline of the Mughal rule saw a brief struggle between Jat and Rajput rulers. Later Pratap Singh, a noble, restored parity in 1775. The descendents of Pratap Singh were great patrons of art and under their rule Alwar became an important cultural center. The later rulers forged an alliance with the British that soon broke off, with the latter taking over Alwar.


Climate: Alwar is given to extremities in weather. With temperatures in summer ranging from a minimum of 20░C to a maximum of 49░C, summers are not the preferred months for travel. The winters though, with temperatures hovering between maximum temperatures within mid twenties to 5-6░C at the lowest are a great time to visit.

Best time to visit: An extensive green cover ensures a pleasant season during spring and early winter. The best season to visit the city though remains between October and March.

Places of interest


The 'Gateway to Rajasthan' or the 'Tiger gate of Rajasthan' is dotted with tourist attractions. The fascinating forests are home to wide variety of birds and animals. Being one of the oldest cities in the Indian state there are a number of archaeological sites too.

Bala Quila
Amongst the must visit places in Alwar is the Bala Quila. As the name suggests this tourist attraction is a huge fort. It is located at a steep cliff. Once there you may enjoy breathtaking views of the city. The fort has been a star attraction in Alwar since ages. It has stood in testimony of the gallantry and courage of the rulers of Alwar. The fort has offered shelter to the Mughal emperor Babur, Akbar the Great and Prince Salim.

The City Palace/Vinay Vilas Mahal
The City Palace of Alwar is yet another places to see. This tourist attraction is also referred to as Vinay Vilas Mahal. The palace was constructed way back in the 18th century. This must visit palace displays a combination of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture.

Inside the City Palace you must check out the museum. The Palace museum is renowned for its exquisite collection. Rare manuscripts, paintings, several weapons and objects made of jade, ivory and silver find their place in the museum.

Government Museum
One of the must visit tourist attractions in Alwar is its Government Museum. The tourist attraction is home to large collection of Rajput and Mughal painitings that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Several ancient and rare manuscripts are also preserved in the museum. All in all, the entire museum can easily be termed as rich treasure house.

Sagar
Just outside the tourist attraction of City Palace there are numerous temples. All these temples are located on the banks of a beautiful lake or 'Sagar'. On the other side of the lake is the worth visiting cenotaph referred to as Moosi Maharani Chhatri.

Company Garden/ Purjan Vihar
In the amazing city of Alwar the Company Garden or the Purjan vihar is a major tourist attraction. The breathtakingly beautiful garden came into existence way back in 1868 during the rule of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh.

Amongst the other tourist places in Alwar are Vijay Mandir Palace and Moti Doongri fortress.


Special Festivals

Alwar  Festival

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