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  About Alwar

The town of Alwar is situated in the lap of the Aravalli Hills and is called the gateway to Rajasthan and the capital city of Jaipur. Alwar is situated 160 km from Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur, and is surrounded by the rugged terrains of the Aravalli Hills.

The landscape of Alwar is dotted with structures, buildings, monuments, temples and lakes, including the Sariska Tiger Reserve Forest. These monuments and temples came into being during the 14th to 18th century when the Rajput kings established their dominance in this region.

Most of the native clans that have inhabited Alwar and the surrounding areas have brought the area under their rule, some time or the other, of which the start was done by a Gurjar king, Mathandeva in the 11th century. Thereafter, the princely state of Alwar was ruled by Muslim kings, until Hemu Vikramaditya belonging to the Machheri clan, established his supremacy in most of the north India.

Most of the historical anecdotes of Rajasthan, including Alwar and other parts of north India have been related to Samrat Hemu until Akbar took over the reins of north India. For a brief period of time, in the 18th century, the area was taken over by Rajputs, which was more of an arrangement with the British East India Company. During this time, Maharaja Jey Singh converted the old name Ulwar to Alwar.

After Indian independence, the Alwar region was merged with the other princely states in the surroundings to form the Matsya Union. After 1950, this was merged with Ajmer to form present day Rajasthan.

During the rules of different kings and emperors and the Rajputs, a number of monuments were built, which are presently counted among the sightseeing places in Alwar such as the Alwar Fort, City Palace, City Clock, Gumbaj, Purana Quila, some temples, parks and havelis.

Since the historical ages, the various clans and tribes, like the Gurjars, Kachwaha, Rajputs and Brahmins that have been residing in the area have brought into focus the culture of the Alwar region. All these cultures can be seen in the style and architecture of the buildings, the customs, the festivals and even the food items, that are found in Alwar.

Tourists from different places in India as well as abroad pass through Alwar, during their trip to Jaipur, as this place falls immediately at the entry into Rajasthan while coming from Delhi. The fairy queen train chugs through the length of the town, through the different historical monuments and landmarks in the city. Tourists can shop silver jewelleries and Rajasthani handicraft items in the many outlets along the city roads. These places are also dotted with various restaurants and eateries that serve the usual north Indian dishes as well as the local Rajasthani flavoured items like palang torh or milk cake, gajar ka halwa, chilli pickle, kheer and the aalu ka paratha.

The best time to visit Alwar is from September to February when the weather remains fairly cool. The place is otherwise quite hot and has recorded temperatures as high as 50.6° Celsius on 10 May 1956.

Alwar Sightseeing

 
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