150 kms from Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, belonging to the National Capital Region lies the city of Alwar. It lies in the Aravali ranges. This city founded in the year 1049 AD by Vikrami Samwat, is alternatively called as Matsya Nagar. Alwar was ruled by many different sub-clans of Rajputs namely - Nikumbh Rajputs, Badgujar Rajputs and Naruka (Kachwaha) Rajputs. Apart from the Rajputs, Alwar also saw the Marathas and the Jats of Bharatpur rule it for a very short period of time. The present population of this city are a blend of multiple communities including Meenas, Rajputs, Ahins, Meos, Gujjars etc. In fact, back in time Alwar was divided into many regions based on the community to which the people dwelling in that region belonged.
There were majorly 4 regions -
1. Rath Area – Under the rule of Chauhan Rajputs.
2. Wai Region – Ruled by Shekhawat Zamindars.
3. Rajawat Naruka territory – where the Naruka Rajputs ruled.
4. Mewat region – Consisting of folks of the Mev Muslim community.
History apart, this region has a lot of commercial attractions for tourists in today’s day. Being just 3 hours away from the capital city of Rajasthan coupled with well-maintained roads, this route demands to be ridden on. With a variety of two wheelers available on rent from Wheelstreet bike rentals in Jaipur, this ride can be made a memorable one. Choose a bike to rent and begin touring the city.
While you are in this magical city, make sure to treat yourself with the ever so tasty Kalakand. This sweet is famous across the globe and sees thousands of tourists flocking to this city for this one special dish. Besides Kalakand, the other celebrated and relished dishes in this regions are matka kulfi, rabri, chole kulche and other Rajasthani delicacies.
Alwar city is in fact very well known for its ayurvedic/unani medicines and olive plantations in Tinkirudi. It is also very rich in mineral wealth and has an abundance of marble, granite, lime stone, copper and many more.
Sariska National Park: What was once a hunting ground for the kings and princes of Alwar was given the status of a tiger reserve and included as one of the protected areas in India in the year 1978 under Project Tiger. Later in the year 1982 it was converted in to a National Park. It houses 13 Royal Bengal tigers presently. Along with the tigers, the forest area is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Bhangarh haunted fort: This mysterious piece of construction has been abandoned for a very long time and has a very mystical story behind its current state. A story of a magician who fell in love with the princess of Alwar, who was in turn murdered for his treacherous act of trying to woo her, is still doing the rounds. Owing to this story, entry is prohibited into the fort before sunrise and after sunset. This is one of the most haunted places in India and has a very spooky aura around it.
Vinay Vilas Mahal: This glorious piece of architecture sees an interesting blend of both Rajput and Mughal styles. This palace was founded by Raja Bhakhtawar Singh. It is a huge tourist attraction.
This city has now seen commercialization and has become the educational hub of Rajasthan. With so many tourist attractions in the area, it would be best to rent a bike from a nearby bike rental store and enjoy the rich culture of this amazing city!