The 19th Tijara Fort- Palace has been passionately restored by Neemrana and offers an experience to see and “live” history along with the opportunity to discover some hidden aspects of Rajasthan.
There are some wonderful places to visit in Tijara and Alwar like the Tijara Jain and Hindu temples, the natural spring of Surajmukhi, Jaisamand Lake, Moosi Mahariani ki Chhatri, the City Palace, Bala Qila, and the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tijara Fort-Palace also offers vast and breathtaking venues to host parties, intimate conferences and private weddings.
The main Tijara, Jain temple in Alwar district, Rajasthan is dedicated to The eighth teerthankara, Chandra Prabhu Baghwan. It was established in 1956.
The idol of Bhagwaan Chandra Prabhu is 15 feet in height and of white stone. There are two other idols – Baghwan Parshvanath and Baghwan Mahaveer. The Tijara Jain temples are located at a distance of 3 kilometres from Tijara Fort-Palace.
The entry to the Jain Temple is open to everyone. So non-Jains, tourists, and architecture enthusiasts are frequent visitors. There is one belief that every true prayer is fulfilled. There is another belief that the dust of the Kundli in this temple is the miraculous medicine of all diseases and sorrows.
Another famous Jain temple in Alwar, Rajasthan has Baghwan Parshvanath along with Bhaghwan Neminath as the main idols. This temple is famous for its attractive pinnacles.
There is also a village temple of Parashvanath Bhagwan nearby, which is a must visit the temple. Now the newly constructed garden and a big idol of tirthankar Chandraprabhu are also ready in the Chhatri Temple in Tijara.
Bhangarh’s ruins are well worth a visit. The place is beautiful and tranquil, though what remains is a shadow of a once beautiful kingdom with a famous market.
About 50 kilometres away from Sariska sanctuary lies the splendid medieval town of Bhangarh. Built in the 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, brother of Raja Man Singh of Amber, it has medieval bazaars and an old palace.
Bhangarh’s Someshwar and Gopinath Temples have some fine carvings. According to legend, the town was cursed by an evil magician and was abandoned. The evil effect of the curse is believed by the locals to be working even now.
The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is home to numerous carnivores including leopards, jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, and tigers. These feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of the black-faced Rhesus Monkeys with large tails, which are found in large numbers around Talvriksh.
The avian world is also well represented with a rich and varied birdlife. These include Peafowl, Grey Partridge, Bush Quail, Sand Grouse, Tree Pie, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and the Great Indian Horned Owl. Sariska is 55 kilometres from Tijara Fort-Palace and is a must visit for all wildlife lovers!
The Bala Qila (Young Fort) is a towering fort that crowns Alwar’s most prominent hilltop. Amazing fortifications surround the Nikumbha Mahal Palace at the top, which has graceful carved marble columns and delicate latticed balconies with drooping Bangaldar eaves. The fort is 595 metres. above the city, and extends about 5 kilometres from north to south and 1.6 kilometres from east to west.
The fort has 15 large and 51 small towers, which contain 446 loopholes for the musketry; its eight towers all around are meant for its defences. The most magnificent are the 3,599 kanguras or machicolations, each containing two loopholes for musketry. The fort can be entered through six gates, namely Jai Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishan Pol and Andheri Gate.
A blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the City Palace of Alwar dates back to the 18th century. Presently, in the ground floor of the palace, government offices and district courts are functioning. The attractions of the City Palace Rajasthan include an artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815. There are also a number of temples on the banks of the lake.
Inside the palace is a splendid chhatri, having Bengali roof and arches. It is known as Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri. Located within this chhatri is the Company garden, known as Purjan Vihar. The garden was built during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in the year 1868. Maharaja Mangal Singh made further additions to the garden in 1885. This garden is an ideal picnic spot in summers providing lush green surroundings, along with the cool shades of its numerous trees.
The Alwar Vinay Vilas Mahal also houses a museum in its upper story floors, known as the Government Museum. On display in the museum are some ancient Mughal and Rajput paintings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The Museum also has rich collections of some rare and antique Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit manuscripts. Amongst these manuscripts, the most prominent ones include Bostan (the garden of spring), Waqiat-e-Babri (Mughal Emperor Babar's autobiography) and Gulistan (the garden of roses). Other attractions of the museum consist of an array of Indian armoury weapons and a copy of Mahabharata, painted by the artists of the Alwar region.
The cenotaph reflects the Indo-lslamic style of architecture. The upper portion in marble with columned pavilions and domed arches with exquisite floral tracery rest over the pillared red sandstone story. Mythological and court scenes in fading gold leaf paintings and sculptures adorn the ceiling. The memorial is rated as one of the finest. The picturesque SAGAR is concrete catchments with a pattern of stairs and tiny kiosks in perfect symmetry along the sides.
Jaisamand Lake is located near Alwar & is one of the popular picnic spots. The lake presents an embankment of 1.5 kilometers for nice promenades. These banks also house shaded pavilions and lovely towers. These monuments are erected on lotus shaped bases with a height of 7 feet. It is believed that this lake was constructed to arrest the soak of waters from Ruparel River and is acclaimed as the second largest artificial lake in Asia. A large island in the middle of the lake, with verdant grasslands, presents an eye-catching spectacle to all the visitors.
This large artificial lake was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1910 AD. It is an excellent picnic spot, especially during the rainy season when the entire countryside turns lush green. A recently built Sunset Point is a perfect place for a panoramic view of the lake particularly in the evening.
During the monsoon the surrounding greenery makes it a visual treat. This place is easily accessible by road from Alwar. Jai Samand Lake is ideal for water sports. It makes a great angling site.
Located in the heart of the ‘golden triangle’, Tijara is almost equidistant from the tourist cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. It makes an ideal base to visit the Sariska tiger sanctuary, Kankwadi fort, Neelkanth Temples, Pandupol, Siliserh Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Bhangarh-Ajabgarh, the hot springs in Talvriksh, Rajgarh, Machari, Viratnagar, Deeg, the sanctuary in Bharatpur, the Jat mud fort of Govindgarh, the ancient city of Mathura and its renowned museum of antiquities.