How to Reach Alwar

As a tourist approaches Alwar, he / she will be seduced by the green landscapes with many water bodies. A thriving tourist destination, Alwar is located amidst the Aravalli hills and attracts a visitor to explore Sariska National Park and a plethora of historic sites. Alwar, a city in Rajasthan located about 160 km from Delhi and 150 north of Jaipur, has a rich past dating back to Mahabharata age (1500 BC). The Mahabharata mentions this city as the kingdom of Matsya, one of the sites where the Pândavas took refuge during their exile. The city is a privileged stopover for both local and foreign tourists due to its location at the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Formerly known as Mewat, Alwar had been a Rajput state before falling under the control of the Delhi sultans during the 12th & 13th centuries. Later in 1771, the city was taken over by Maharaja Pratap Singh of Kachhwaha.

Alwar built its reputation around art and culture during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh. Alwar was among the first Rajput states to join the British Empire which exercised its domination there until the independence of India. With many forts, palaces and cenotaphs, Alwar promises to amaze architecture enthusiasts. Perched 300 meter on a hill overlooking the city, the Alwar Fort is a must-see monument during a tour in the region. The building was built by Hasan Khan Mewati during 16th century. The fort was finally won by the Kachhwaha Rajputs in 18th century. Among other prominent monuments, Nikumbha Palace stands out with its latticed balconies while Vinay Vilas Palace or City Palce in Alwar, built by Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh, showcases an amalgam of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Vinay Vilas Palace houses authentic Rajput paintings, weapons belonging to Akbar and Aurangzeb and stone sculptures dating back to the 11th century. Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri perfectly reflects the architectural prowess of the region. Dedicated to the wife of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh, the royal monument opens onto beautifully crafted interiors, decorated with paintings in gold leaf, as well as splendid floral motifs. Alwar also contains imposing constructions belonging to Indo-Islamic architecture like the tomb of Fateh Jung comprising five floors.

Since, it is strategically located at almost an equal distance from New Delhi, the capital city of India, and Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, therefore, Alwar can be reached by air, road and rail.

To Reach Alwar by Flight: Alwar doesn’t have any airport. The nearest airports to Alwar are in Delhi (143 km) and Jaipur (150 km). After arriving either in New Delhi or in Jaipur, one can reach Alwar by road in 4 hrs. However, an airport has just been opened in Kotkasim, about 60 km from Alwar.

To Reach Alwar by Train: As far as the railroad is concerned, Alwar is on the railway route from New Delhi to Jaipur. The city is thus connected with Mumbai, Jodhpur, Chandigarh, Ajmer and other important tourist destinations in India.

To Reach Alwar by Road:A large road network connects Alwar with all major cities of Rajasthan and neighboring states. The city is served among others by the Gurgaon-Sohna-Alwar highway, a six-lanes road network.

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