Alwar Tourism, Rajasthan

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About Alwar - Rajasthan Tourism

Alwar, formerly the capital of the princely state of Alwar, is a city surrounded by lush green Aravalli hills dotted with some amazing historical structures. Located about 150 km from Jaipur, and 160 km from Delhi, the city is frequented by tourists for a weekend break from the NCR region. There are plenty of historical forts and palaces in the region surrounding Alwar city that are a must visit for travellers. Another important travel destination near the city is the Sariska wildlife park, which is protected tiger reserve. There are many species of flora and fauna that would attract tourists in Sariska reserve. The beautiful natural surroundings with lakes and jungles, along with some architectural marvels in form of forts and palaces make Alwar has the most favored weekend getaway for tourists from Delhi and NCR. 

Alwar is one of the oldest cities of the state of Rajasthan, which gained importance during the rule of Maharaja Pratap Singh. Under the rule of Rajputs, the culture and traditions of Alwar district were uniquely formulated and spread in nearby areas. The prehistoric and historic sites here are of high interest for archaeologists and history lovers. Covered by deep valleys, lakes and thick forest it is a haven for many species of birds and animals. The major monuments in Alwar region that are must visit for travellers include Neemrana fort, city palace, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Bala Qila, Vijai Mandir Palace, Kankwadi Fort, Sariska Palace, and Bhangarh Fort

The best time to visit Alwar is from September to March, as like other cities in Rajasthan the temperature is very hot during summers. There are also plenty of options for travellers to shop and buy local artifacts and items here. 

History of Alwar - Rajasthan Tourism

Alwar, formerly known as Mewar, was once an ancient Rajput state, nearest to the imperial Delhi. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the people of the state formed a group and raided Delhi. But finally, Sultan Balban (1267 AD - 1287 AD) suppressed them, bringing the area under the Muslim rule. In 1771 AD, Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kuchhwaha Rajput, won back Alwar and founded a princely state of his own. It was mentioned in Indian epic Mahabharat also (1500 BC); at that period, it was known as Matasya Desh, where the Pandavas spent the last year (agyatwas) of their exile.

After independence of India in 1947, Alwar state merged with three neighboring princely states (Bharatpur, Dholpur and Karauli) to form the Matsya Union on March 18, 1948. This union in turn merged unto the Union of India. On May 15, 1949, it was united with certain other princely states and the territory of Ajmer to form the present-day state of Rajasthan.

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