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Alwar is the first major city that comes while travelling from Delhi to Rajasthan and is uniquely located at 150 km south of Delhi and 150 km north of Jaipur. Alwar is a hub of tourism with a wide range of forts like Bhangarh fort, lakes, nature reserves like Sariska Tiger Reserve and heritage havelis. Apart from being a popular tourist centre, Alwar also draws pride from its reputation of being featured in a number of Bollywood movies. It is also famous for the Mega Alwar Trade fair held at Dussehra Ground every year and handmade Papier-mâché (literally 'chewed paper'). Alwar has a unique recognition because of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bala-Quila, Bhangarh Fort, Pandu Pol and other temples and its importance of the food map because of the heavenly Kalakand.
Surrounded by Aravali hills, Alwar is a pretty city of rich culture and heritage. Not very famous among tourists, Alwar has retained its charm from the past. The majestic fort, beautiful City Palace and the colorful markets make Alwar one of the most interesting cities in Rajasthan. Alwar has been one of the oldest of Rajasthani Kingdoms and one of the first Rajput states to align itself with the British empire. Alwar is most famous for two things - its milkcake ('Alwar ka mawa') and its fort. The city comes under the NCR region and forms for a great weekend getaway from New Delhi - as Alwar is a small beautiful and peaceful place with no pollution. Among other reasons to Alwar is to visit the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the mysterious Bhangarh Fort.
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- Carry sun screen lotion, sun glasses, umbrellas, etc.- Carry light clothing during summers and appropriate woolens during winters.- Be careful in the Sariska reserve and abide by the rules there.- Quite a few restaurants do not accept card payments. So carry cash along.
Sariska National Park is situated in Alwar, Rajasthan and can be reached by car after a 7-8 hour long drive. Being in Rajasthan, the national park is very humid and hot and it is advisable to wear cotton clothes and to travel light. This place might not be suitable for people allergic to dust and heat as the weather can make you feel very uneasy. You can spot the Bengal tiger or Indian leopard near the water ponds or in the bushes. Morning safaris and visits to the jungle are advised as the temperature comes down in the morning and it is very pleasant then. Monkeys, bores, antelopes, crocodiles, and jackals can also be spotted. You need to book online or purchase the safari tickets from the government booking centres to enter the national sanctuary. I visited Sariska in the last days of December and the days were hot even then, however the nights were cooler and soothing. Once you are done with the jungle safari, you can go for a small trip to the haunted Bhangarh fort or Alwar fort where you can engage in water activities like jet ski in the Alwar lake. Famous for its Rajasthani food, you can also relish the yummy kachodis and milk cakes which can be found in local shops. Travel light when going for the safari and keep yourself hydrated as the heat is scorching and you can fall sick due to negligence. Sariska sanctuary was good but the weather was quite unbearable. You can visit this place once, preferably in the colder months.
Two important tips: 1. Beware of illegal ticket sellers and go for online booking at first place on www.rajasthanwildlife.Rajasthan.gov.in 2. Wearing sunblock and pollution mask is a must.
Alwar is mainly famous for its cuisine, culture, and wildlife.
Extremely hot in summers and extremely cold in winters. The place is a little polluted. Finding non-vegetarian food can be difficult.
Alwar is ideal for both wildlife and history loving tourists. Also suitable for backpackers from places like Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.