Sometimes, the most hyped about destinations disappoint you the most. Places are over rated and your expectations are pushed up high while in reality after you reach the place you realise that it has been oversold. Take a trip to Alwar, a quiet place and certainly a place not considered in the top 5 places to visit in Rajasthan but you might just like this place better than all the other cities!
Rajasthan is a major tourist magnet. It has some of the most visited tourist destinations. While some places are renowned worldwide, there are some offbeat places in Rajasthan not as popular as Jaipur or Udaipur but equally a major player in the game. Alwar is one such city. Alwar was a city which also served as the past capital of Alwar (known as Ulwar during the British rule). The city is easily approachable from New delhi by a Delhi to Alwar taxi which will take about 3-4 hours to reach. It is beautifully encompassed by the Aravali hills all around and has some fascinating sights around the city which makes for a perfect sightseeing experience. Summers are hot like the whole of Rajasthan and the best time to visit this place is during the months of October to February. Mentioned below are some of the places of must visits during your visit to Alwar.
Presently in remnants, the magnificent monument has a radio station which can only be visited by taking special permission from the concerned authorities of the city which is very hard to get, still, it does not stop it from being the biggest tourist attraction of the city. The Bala Quila fort is built on a steep 300 m high peak and though the climb is steep, the view from this ancient wonder is amazing! The fort showcases the very influence of the Mughals in the city.
A masterpiece of the incorporation of both the Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture, the City Palace is a man-made wonder which you cannot and must not fail to have a look at. The ground floor of this eighteenth century landmark now houses various government workplaces and the upper floor capacities as the state historical center. It remains one of the most visited places in Alwar and also a proud wonder for the residents of the city.
A magnificent palace built in the style of Scottish architecture houses fancy royal palaces and majestic temples like the Ganesha temple and the Lakshmi Narayan temple. The palace is built at the highest peak than the other buildings. General public is not allowed inside the royal palace since it is occupied by a royal family but the sight from outside is appealing enough, standing tall and showcasing an architectural masterpiece in the style unseen anywhere in Rajasthan.
Alwar does not have a railway station or airport but the nearest airport is New Delhi, Placed at a convenient distance of just 150 kms away from the national capital, travellers can easily catch an Alwar to Delhi taxi and to make their way out.
Anjali is a travel blogger with three years of experience. She also writes for travel websites as a guest author and recommends best travel tips and destinations.