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Alwar

Top Attractions

Alwar

Moti Doongri:

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Alwar, Moti Doongri is renowned for its lavish palace, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesha temples. The palace, situated at the top of the hill, was a small fortress in the past. Renovated by Sawai Man Singh II, it became the dwelling place of Rajmata Gayatri Devi. Constructed in a style similar to a Scottish castle, Moti Doongri is noted for its unique architecture. Being the private property of the royal family, the public is not allowed entry inside the palace. The palace was the venue for many fine parties at the time of Sawai Man Singh II. The Ganesha temple at the bottom of the hill with its scenic environment appeals not only to devotees but even to tourists. The Birla Mandir is worth a visit.

 

Jai Samand Lake:

A beautiful picnic spot, the Jai Samand Lake in Alwar is perfect for excellent promenades. Lovely towers and shaded pavilions line the banks of the lake. The 7 feet high monuments are established on bases in the shape of lotus flowers. The lake was built to prevent the soak of waters from the Ruparel River. The Jai Samand Lake is the second biggest artificial lake in Asia. The lake is ideal for angling and other water sports. The middle of the lake has a big island with lush grasslands.

 

Karni Mata Temple:

The Karni Mata Temple is one of the most sacred spots in India. The temple, erected in the late Mughal style, is dedicated to an fierce incarnation of Goddess Kali, Karni Mata. The artwork within the temple is stunning with paneled walls filled with details, cleverly carved doors, arcades and galleries. Rats are held in high esteem in the temple. Spotting a white rodent within the temple is considered to bring good luck.

 

City Palace:

The Vinay Vilas Palace is a marvel of architecture, combining Rajasthani with Mughal styles. The 18th century monument houses several government offices on the ground floor while the top floor serves as the state museum. The intricately carved Durbar Hall is the highlight of the palace. Many rare specimens of art are present in this gorgeous hall. The detailed women’s chamber is a must-visit.

 

Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri:

The royal cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his queen Moosi, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri is a unique monument located outside the main building of the palace. The double storeyed structure was erected by Vinay Singh. The structural design resembling an elephant draws several tourists. The ambiance is enhanced by the presence of lush green foliage and flowers.

 

Clock Tower:

The clock tower in Alwar is more a monument than an actual clock tower. Located close to the hectic Church Road, this structure dates back to the old reign of the Rajputs.

 

Company Bagh:

The beautiful Company Garden, situated next to the palace, holds the attention of visitors. A magnificent chhatri with the striking Bengali top and bends is placed in the middle of lush greenery. Along with the green foliage, this exquisite garden boasts of an exclusive formation known as Shimla House. Built by Maharaja Mangal Singh, this vaulted building served as a summerhouse.

 

Bala Quila:

Situated at an elevation of 300m, the large fort Bala Quila occupies an important position in the history of Alwar. The fort has links to the grand Mughals. The Bala Quila showcases the strength and courage of the Rajputs. Several scenic mansions and minarets are present within the premises.