The royal heritage of Alwar
Nestled amid the Aravali Hills, the princely state of Alwar is one of the most intriguing cities, credit to its majestic forts, the charming City Palace and colourful markets. The Alwar Kingdom is one of the oldest and the first Rajput states to join the British Empire. Being a part of the Matsya kingdom since the year 1000 A.D., Alwar is considered one of the most ancient cities in India. Since the 11th century, the Kin of Amer ruled over the region. Subsequently, the area was ruled under several sub-clans of Rajputs such as Nikumbh Rajputs or Yaduvanshi Rajputs. Decades later, when India gained its independence in 1947, Alwar finally became part of the new nation.
Get lost inside the Fort of Alwar
Nikumbh Rajputs built Alwar Fort, also known as Bala Qila or 'young fort', around the 15th century on the hills of the Aravalli Range. More than 1.5 km wide, the fort has six gigantic doors. The majestic palace, where the Rajputs lived, is situated strategically at the top, protected by impenetrable fort walls. Apart from the rich history, the fort overlooks the city and provides a mesmerising panoramic view of the city. Stunning stone walls go back to the golden era of the past. The fort also has 51 large towers — which were used to keep a watch on the enemies. This fort is one of the most archaic forts made in Alwar’s state history.
Explore the mysterious Bhangarh Fort
This fort needs no mention in the history of Alwar! It is a magnificent fort and a wonder to behold - all while being one of the most haunted places in India. The fort dates back to the 17th century, protecting the rich history of the bygone era. Legend has it that Guru Balu Nath, a hermit, cursed the fort. The sage once meditated at the place where the fort stands. He agreed to the king's request to build a fort here, provided that the shadow of the fort did not touch him. When the said request did not see fruition, the fort was cursed. If you are planning to visit the fort, do keep in mind the doors close after 5 p.m.!
Into the wild at Sariska Tiger Reserve
The princely state of Alwar is not just about forts, but also home to a variety of wildlife. A wildlife reserve spanning more than 800 square kilometres in the Aravalli Mountain range, the tiger reserve was a famous hunting spot of the Maharaja of Alwar. Tigers from Ranthambore were the first to be relocated to Sariska Tiger Reserve and today the park is a safe habitat for Royal Bengal tigers. If you are lucky, you can also spot wild boars, jungle cats and exotic species of large birds. The reserve's rocky ridges, lush meadows, and deciduous forests make a spectacular sight.