City Palace Alwar

City Palace Alwar
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Vinay Vilas Palace (City Palace), Alwar, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days except Monday


10:00 AM – 04:30 PM

Entry Fees:

Indian – INR 5/- pp
Foreigner – INR 50/- pp


1- 2 Hours


Rajput architecture and museum

Built in 18th century, the City Palace in Alwar is also known as Vinay Vilas Palace. City Palace of Alwar is the prime tourist attraction and a must-see. The City Palace of Alwar, built by Maharaja Vinai Singh and hence named after him as Vinai Vilas Mahal, is the last example of brilliant Rajput palace architecture. The City Palace of Alwar, built in 1840 AD, houses several splendid buildings like museum, Shish Mahal, Durbar Hall, temples and memorials. A beautiful pool, Sagar, separates the palace from the foot of the hill. Overlooking the tank is a Shish Mahal, lined with mirror-glass mosaic in the style of Amber Fort of Jaipur. In order to see the Durbar Hall of City Palace of Alwar, one has to take permission. An elephant carriage is displayed in a building immediately right of the palace entrance. The elephant carriage is a double-decker which could accommodate fifty passengers. The carriage, when full, used to be pulled by four elephants.

The floors of the City Palace have been turned into government offices and district courts and the upstairs apartment is presently a museum. The museum on the upper floor of City Palace is a treasure trove of manuscripts, miniature paintings and armour- some of the swords, studded with jewels, are said to belong to the son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammad. There are weapons used by Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh, Nadir Shah and Aurangzeb and other historical personages. The museum has a fine collection of Rajput & Mughal paintings dating from the 18th & 19th centuries and some rare manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit. Gulistan (The Rose Garden), Waqiat-I-Babri (autobiography Emperor Moghul Babar) and Bostan (the spring garden) are some notables of this collection. It also has a copy of the great epic ¨Mahabarat¨ painted by the artists of the Alwar School of Art. A rich collection of Indian weapons is another highlight of the museum.

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