What you would do if long weekend is coming and travel bug have bitten you again to explore more of India 🙂 Yup I have been infected with travel and exploration thrill the day I decided to explore my home country as being born in India is a blessing in itself. To take sip, tasting the rich culture & tradition of India is amazing and visiting royal – magnificent fort & palaces of Ancient India is just like taking a dip in paradise pool.
As I live in Delhi and one of the best travel destinations for a long weekend is Alwar in Rajasthan – Yes Raja ka Sthan (home of the king) as the name suggest Rajasthan is big state in India with covered area of 342,239 km² and is a cluster of cities with beautiful Palaces & Forts where Royals lived. So witnessing a part of this Royal era – Rajasthan is best. You can visit below popular cities to take a glimpse of Royal era.
- Sawai Madho pur
- Mount Abu
So this time I visited Alwar – The city of medieval Fort & palaces. Alwar is 158 kms from New Delhi by road, It took us around 3.5 hours including delicious breakfast at Dhaba on highway and 15 mns stoppage for fresh orange juice from organic fruit farm. The route can be found here (Prefer choosing route via NH 48).
The time we arrived at Alwar it was already 12 PM and decided to explore the city after relaxing for few hours. After sipping hot coffee at hotel room and having friendly conversation with hotel staff we decided to explore visit Bala Quila.
The view from the fort is breath taking with lush green forest around it and medieval structure. The overall feel was great.
This fort is nearby Bala Fort which has been converted into a Heritage Hotel. The Fort is located at peaceful area surrounded by forest and at base village named Dadhikar. Spending some time here or staying will surely calm your mind and senses.
Alwar City Palace:
City Palace of Alwar was built by Raja Bakhtayar Singh in 17th century which is now converted into Government offices. The City Museum, located on the upper floors of the Palace have collections on display from Royal era. As per my research, it have artifacts of the royal family of the palace which includes about 9702 coins, 2270 arms & weapons, 234 sculptures, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts and much more. (source – www.rajasthandirect.com)
Sariska Tiger Reserve:
Ok so after checking out architectural monuments of Royal era we decided to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve the next day. Sariska is around 47 km from Alwar by road with lush green plateaus on the way. The road trip is worth a look and enjoyed best in early morning if your planning to visit the National park.
Finally reaching the National Park feels great. Here’s the rate list for Tiger Safari:
Apart from the Bengal tiger, the reserve includes many species of wild life, such as the Indian leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, Indian jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope, wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, rhesus monkeys. (Source – en.wikipedia.org)
If you love plants, green cover & fresh air then you must visit this garden at Alwar. At the center of this garden is “Shimla summer house” built by King Mangal Singh where the temperature is a bit lower than external temperature and you could feel the air more fresh and rich in oxygen inside the Shimla summer house.
Its a beautiful lake with fine restaurant which have Lake Palace which is taken over by Government and converted into a Hotel. The view from heritage hotel is breath taking & the lake have water sport activities like water scooter, water boat to take a ride in lake but one should be careful as lake having Crocodiles. Its a must visit place nearby Alwar around 13 kms away.
So my overall trip was worth it as the people, food, monuments, culture of Rajasthan is best. The trip can be extended by visiting Jaipur or Bhartapur which are nearby to Alwar. So visit this place and have a relaxing weekend in the beauty of Royal Rajasthan.