Alwar is a hilly region located amidst the craggy rocks of the Aravalli Ranges in the state of Rajasthan. This place serves as the administrative headquarters of the Alwar District. According to mythology, the region was known as Matsya Desh where the Pandavas are believed to have spent the 13th year of their exile in disguise. Historically this place was also known as Mewar. Alwar is famous for beautiful lakes, grand palaces, magnificent temples, glorious cenotaphs, and towering forts.
Bala Quila Fort stands majestically about 1000 feet above the Alwar city. The fort has 15 large and 51 small towers and the entire structure is adorned with marble columns and lattice window balconies.
Bhangarh fort, a medieval fort, is a natural beauty, complete with natural springs, banyan trees and waterfalls. Other attractions within the fort are the rich havelis and quite a few temples.
Sariska wildlife sanctuary, the famous tiger reserve is located just a few minutes away from the Alwar city. Known for the Bengal tigers inhabiting the place - this is a must see for all tourists.
An erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge, Siliserh Lake palace has been converted into a heritage hotel owned by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC).
Situated at a distance of 10 kilometers from the center of the city of Alwar, Vijay Mandir Palace is said to have been built as a result of the whims of the eccentric King, Maharaja Jai Singh who was a patron of art and architecture and had a passion for beautiful palaces.
City palace also known as Vinay Vilas Mahal, an architectural marvel and a lovely mix of Mughal and Rajasthani design, gives you a glimpse of the royal life style. There are many entries to the city palace and each has a name and significance like Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol and Andheri Gate are some of the entry points.
The nearest airport is the Sanganer Airport at Jaipur, about 162 km from Alwar. Taxis are available from the airport to Alwar. Jaipur is well-connected to metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Travelers from abroad can take connecting flights from Delhi and Mumbai.
Alwar is well-connected to all cities in Rajasthan by state-owned bus services. Special private buses are available to Alwar from Jaipur. Buses run from 5 am to 10 pm on most of the days. Delhi is nearly 365 km away and super deluxe buses are available from Delhi to Alwar.
Alwar railway station is well-connected to Jaipur and Delhi. Taxi services are available at the station.