Some places around Delhi are the hidden gems of North India, and Alwar in Rajasthan is one of them. With just four hours of drive from the national capital of India, you can reach Alwar and have a blissful time on your weekend. You can spend 1-2 days in this tiny town and make unforgettable memories witnessing the grandeur of Rajput history. Read ahead to discover how you can spend quality time in Alwar.
Book a Resort-cum-Fort
Doubtlessly, it is a bliss to visit various historical monuments in Rajasthan or any other part of India, but you cannot spend more than a few hours in any location. A good idea to spend quality time in any city of Rajasthan is to book a room at least for a night in any fort-cum-hotel. These properties are great places to realize the lives of people who lived here hundreds of years ago. The owners of these hotels spend a lot of time, money, and effort to make the forts livable for their guests. You can check online hotel booking portals to find alluring discounts. At such places, you do nothing but indulge in indoor and outdoor games, have a drink on the roof of the fort, and talk your heart out to your loved ones. A typical Delhi-ite will understand the value of having leisure time with his or her family, which makes these places the best place to understand history along with enjoying your holiday. A few examples of hill fort resorts are Hill Fort in Kesroli Village and Tijara Fort Palace in Tijara.
It is quite apparent that you get to see various historical monuments when you are in Rajasthan. When you are in Alwar, you must go to Bala Quila a.k.a. Alwar Fort. Hasan Khan Mewati had built this fort in 1550 AD, and it later went into the ownership of Marathas, Mughals, Kachwaha Rajputs, and Jats in the later years. This fort has rich historical stories to tell; you can explore many tales about Babur, Humayun, Jahangir, Akbar, Abul Fazal, Pratap Singh, and many more people who spent time in the Alwar Fort.
The Bala Quila, meaning the Young Fort, is an enormous structure 6 gates, 15 large towers, 51 small towers, and 8 citadels. Different sections of the fort are named as Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Jal Mahal, Salim Sagar Pond, and Suraj Kund. Among many temples in the fort, you must visit Sita Ram Temple and Chakradhari Hanuman Temple. Even though many parts of the fort are in dilapidated condition, it is still wonderful to visit the Bala Quila.
The City Palace
Raja Bakhtayar Singh had built the City Fort in 1793 and is a perfect combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Various sections of this Fort depict the prowess of the Rajput kings. The marble pavilions, lotus-shaped creations, elevated doors, ancient Rajput and Mughal paintings, ancient manuscripts, armory weapons, and many other captivating things are there in the Palace. You can spend some time in the City Palace or take a guided tour to expand your knowledge of Indian history.
Another exciting place to visit in near Alwar is the Siliserh Lake. If you are going to the city from Delhi, you can take a small diversion before reaching Alwar and spend some time at the Siliserh Lake, which used to be the primary source of water for the residents of Alwar city in the nineteenth century. The lake, stretching over ten kilometers, acts as a milieu for the Siliserh Palace. In addition to being a water source, this lake provides entertainment activities like peddle boating, motor boating, and jet-skiing. If you like to stay in the heritage hotel, you will love the all-day view from your window.
Alwar is indeed a hidden jewel in the crown of Rajasthan. You don’t need more than two days to experience the essence of this place. Yet, you can explore more areas if you have more time to spend in Alwar.