Road trip to the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan. Which is just 150km from the National capital Delhi and 150km from the Pink city.
The city of Alwar is also known as the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan..!! but why..?
We will see later on why Alwar is known as Tiger Gate of Rajasthan but first let’s explore the cultural city surrounded by Aravali.
If you are staying in Delhi or nearby, then Alwar is a good option for a weekend getaway. We planned a single-day road trip to Alwar and tried to explore the cultural city of Rajasthan.
Ancient Significane of Alwar
Alwar is one of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan and its origin dated back to 1500BC when it was a part of Matasya kingdom which was one of the 16 mahajanapadas of Ancient India. Pandavas spend last year of their 13 years exile at Alwar.
Exploring the Tiger Gate of Rajasthan
Alwar is the first major city that comes on the way from Delhi to Rajasthan. Surrounded by the Aravali mountains gives a scenic beauty. The green fields will be present on the way to welcome you to the cultural city which is lying in the lap of Aravali.
Bala Quila (Alwar Fort)
The Bala fort is situated about 5km from the Alwar city on the top of Aravali at the 1960ft from the sea. The beautiful fort is spread to 8km gives a tremendous scenic beauty of the complete Alwar city. As the fort lies under the Sariska region that’s why it is controlled by the forest department. They will charge separately for vehicles but the entry in the fort is free.
The forest department also offers the Tiger safari in open jeep at a minimal cost. So if you want to enjoy the safari then don’t miss the chance.
Hopefully, now you have got the answer to why Alwar is known as the Tiger gate of Rajasthan…!!!
Still not..!? Okay, fine…not an issue, because the Sariska tiger reserve comes under the Alwar district and you may enjoy the tigers from the Alwar fort that’s why it is known as the Tiger gate of Rajasthan.
Because the maintenance work was going on during our visit so some parts of the fort were closed. But the scenic beauty of Aravali and Alwar city from the top of the fort was awesome.
City Palace Alwar
After the Bala Quila, we headed towards City Palace. It is situated just below the Bala Quila at the foothills of Aravali. The complex is the combination of Government institutions and tourist spots. Magistrate office is present inside the complex.
The ground floor of the City Palace is dedicated to the government offices and other floors are open for visitors. On the first floor, a museum is situated, the museum will give a glimpse of the Alwar, its rich history and tradition. The footmarks of Khanzadas, Rajputs, Jaats, Mughals are beautifully embroidered.
Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri
Outside the City Palace, Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri is present. The aesthetically pleasing monument gives a mindblowing experience to the eyes during sunset. The interiors of the structure are decorated with mythological paintings and frescos.
We spend our time at Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri and nearby Vinay Sagar lake. Great place to click some awesome pictures. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy this place, especially during sunset.
If you visit the place, one question will raise in your mind….what is a reason behind the construction of this epic monument..? Same question raised in my mind also, and hence the answer is…
The monument was built by Vinay Singh in the memory of the Alwar king, Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh, and his queen, Rani Moosi. The queen Moosi committed ‘sati’ at the place. So, it is a tomb of the king and the queen.
Gopal Sagar Lake
The water reserve was constructed during the 8th or 9th century, but the lake we are seeing at the current situation was constructed by King Bakhtawar Singh during 1813AD.
The Lake is surrounded by 12 canopies constructed by red sandstones. The Sagar lake has temples at 2 sides, City Palace at the 3rd side and Moosi Rani ki Chattari on the 4th side. One can also find the Sambar deer roaming near the lake. The construction of the lake is based on the step-wells present in Rajasthan.
After spending some quality time, we decided to explore the old market area of Alwar city. Enjoyed some street food and enjoyed dinner. The time had come to say good-bye to the city which is well known and popular but less explored by travelers.
Our plan was of only 1 day otherwise there is much more to explore in Alwar.
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