Alwar another city in the state of Rajasthan is the administrative headquarters of Alwar District. Alwar is part of National Capital Region (NCR). It is also famous for its Olive plantation in Tinkirudi. Alwar was formerly the capital of the princely state of Alwar which was ruled by kachwaha Rajputs. It was formerly spelt as “Ulwar” in British India. This placed it in the last position in alphabetically ordered lists, so a king changed the spelling to “Alwar” to bring it to the top. Alwar is also known by the name “Matsya Nagar”
If you are in Alwar then visit the places mentioned below:
1. Bala Quila
Bala Quila also known Alwar fort is a fort in Alwar in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated on a hill in the Aravalli Range, above the town of Alwar. The fort is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long and is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) wide. It was built by Hasan Khan Mewati in the 16th century. In the following centuries, it went to the Mughals, Marathas, and the Jats and last to the Kachwaha Rajputs.
2. Government Museum
The Government Museum in Alwar has a widespread collection of the history of the region, which was ruled by Mughal and Rajput kings. Various kinds of Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts, musical instruments, bidri work, stuffed animals, miniature paintings, pottery and brass work, etc. which have been brought from far off places like Ceylon and Bengal can be seen in the Government Museum. Ivory work and lacquered sculptures are also some of its priced collections.
3. Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri
Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatrias was built by Maharaja Singh for his queen Rani Moosi. This tomb is built on pillared sandstone. Gold leaf paintings and sculptures are filled with the ceiling and paintings from mythology and court scenes are aplenty. The Chhatri is located in a surrounding full of greenery and variety of flowers in the garden which is located on the banks of Lake Sagar.
4. Purjan Vihar
Purjan Vihar was earlier known as Company Gardens. Currently, it is a very famous picnic spot. Built during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868, Purjan Vihar has a portion where there is a canopy of trees not allowing any sunlight to enter, thus keeping the surroundings cool. Hence, the name Simla was given to it, which meant the summer house. This place was built during the time of Maharaja Mangal Singh.
5. Karni Mata Temple
Situated on the way to Bala Quila it is a very famous pilgrim spot in the historical city of Alwar. The temple is famous for its white rats, which are treated as sacred and given protection in the temple. Dedicated to Karni Mata, the guardian deity of the royal families of Jodhpur and Bikaner and who was a highly revered mystic, this temple attracts numerous devotees from all over the country.
6. Tomb of Fateh Jung
The tomb of Fateh Jung is dedicated to Fateh Jung, who was a minister in the court of Shah Jahan. He was a descendant of the Khanzada rulers of Alwar. This monument is also known as Fateh Jung Ki Gumbaj. This five storied monument was built in the Islamic and Hindu Rajput architectural style with the cenotaph or the dome being recognized as an artistic marvel. Surrounding the tomb is a large garden area.