A quaint village located in the district of Alwar, Kesroli is characterised by its emerald landscape, abundant greenery, tranquillity and a resting ambience. The village is an attraction for tourists who wish to dive into history and its rich culture. The village rests 155 km from Delhi on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway.
A nature lover’s paradise, Jaisamand Lake is a man-made structure that is photogenic from every corner and dotted with lush greenery that blends perfectly well with the occasional chirping of the birds. When you visit the lake, you will discover a dam that houses a charming Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. The iconic summer palaces of royalty, Hawa Mahal and Ruthi Rani ka Mahal, surround the prestigious Jaisamand Lake, Kesroli. Things to do here include a calming boat ride to explore the lake in its entirety.
Located in its proximity, Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary is also a must-visit when visiting the lake. The sanctuary is a great place to spot migratory birds and a range of fauna like foxes, deer, leopards, panthers, wild boards and hyenas.
The great Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of the linga, as the idol is the eternal force that is symbolic of the lord. In the 18th century, an eye-opening incident occurred - a naturally formed linga was noticed inside a cave in the hills of Kesroli. A shrine was built inside the cave to protect and pay respect to the natural phenomenon. This shrine later came to be known as Naldeshwar Shrine. People come to visit the shrine not just to see the linga but to view the natural beauty of this place. This holy site is ornamented by two naturally formed ponds that get water from the hills. Adventure seekers can take the help of trekking paths to reach this magical site and seek the blessings of the lord.
Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri
If you are on a pilgrimage visit, take a trip to Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri from Naldehswar Shrine, considered a historical site in Rajasthan and located almost 6 km from the shrine. It is a brown-coloured architectural monument built in the year 1815, under the guidance of Maharaja Vinay Singh of Alwar, in memory of his father, Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh. Now it has opened its gates to tourists to visit the majestic interiors and artefacts preserved here. It has an attached museum that showcases exhibits, giving a glimpse into the past era. So if you are a history enthusiast, visiting Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri is a must!
The vibrant Nehru Garden is one of the best places to visit in Kesroli. It is a wooded park with many attractions that make for a fun-filled day with family and friends. It is also a great place to visit for picnics as children would love it here, credit to the well-equipped playground that will keep the little ones engaged for hours. The park houses a miniature train and pedal boats that let you explore the depths of the garden. Each corner of the park is decorated with colourful flowers, perfect for clicking pictures. Apart from joyrides, the garden also possesses an outdoor gym for those who wish to energise their soul!
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Sariska Tiger Reserve covers 800 sq. km. of lush greenery, surrounded by hills, grasslands and deciduous trees that showcase nature in its purest form, and exotic flora and fauna are found here. As the name suggests, the reserve protects an impressive population of tigers. Apart from the glorious cats, tourists can also spot rhesus macaques, jungle cats, wild boars and chitals. Amongst winged creatures, a fine collection of harbours quail, sand grouses, and crested serpent eagles are present. Hop on one of the jeeps for a safari that takes you into the wilderness and spot your favourite fowl or fauna.
Visiting Kesroli is definitely incomplete without visiting and staying at the most regal resorts, Hill Fort - Kesroli - 14th Century, Alwar. It is a heritage 700-year-old resort that offers a unique experience in the form of exquisite, vintage rooms, marvellous wedding venues, unique dining experiences and bespoke activities. Apart from rendering a luxurious stay, Hill Fort Kesroli is a sight worth visiting, as it holds a lot of historical significance. The fort was first built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs seven centuries ago. Revel in the absorbing history behind it by exploring the regal hallways of the resort!