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"The Tiger Gate of Rajasthan"

Alwar Tourism

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 forts like the 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 is also famous for Alwar ka Mawa, a sweet preparation.

Surrounded by Aravali hills, Alwar is a pretty city of rich culture and heritage. 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. The city becomes a great weekend getaway from New Delhi.

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Matsya Festival


The Matsya Festival of culture is an integral part of Alwar’s pride and heritage. Held in November (subject to changes), the festival lasts for 2 days. Festival is famous for its colourful processions, cultural performances, art exhibitions and more. It also covers and an array of sporting events and activities such as paragliding, hot air balloon rides and more. The magnificent presence of Alwar's forts, palaces, lakes and forests provide an excellent setting for this grand celebration.


  • In 1106 Vikrami Samvat (1049 CE), the King of Amer founded the city of Alpur under his own name, which eventually became Alwar.
  • Different Rajput sub-clans henceforth ruled this place from time to time, examples of which include Khanzada Rajputs, Nikumbh Rajputs, Badgujar Rajputs and finally Naruka Rajputs.
  • A Rajput, Pratap Singh took over the possession of the Alwar fort from Jat Raja of Bharatpur on an agreement and laid the foundation of the modern Alwar, which became a princely state during colonialism.
  • On 18th March 1948, the state merged with 3 neighbouring princely states- Bharatpur, Dholpur and Karauli.
  • On 15th May, Alwar was added to neighbouring princely states and the territory of Ajmer to form modern-day Rajasthan. It was also designated as a part of the National Capital Region, thus initiating rapid development.

Restaurants and Local Food in Alwar

Alwar is the home of Alwar ka mawa (milk cake) and Kalakand. While these sweets are unique to the town, it offers you a wide and rich range of popular Rajasthani preparations and snacks. The town's menu comprises of Puri, Dal Bati Choorma, Rabdi, Lassi, Gatte ki Sabzi and much more.
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What is famous about Alwar?

Alwar is mainly famous for its cuisine, culture, and wildlife. 

What are the places near Alwar?

The top places near to Alwar are Agra which is 143 km from Alwar, Jaipur which is located 109 km from Alwar, Delhi which is located 135 km from Alwar, Neemrana which is located 52 km from Alwar, Deeg which is located 69 km from Alwar

What is the local food in Alwar?

Alwar is the home of Alwar ka mawa (milk cake) and Kalakand. While these sweets are unique to the town, it offers you a wide and rich range of popular Rajasthani preparations and snacks. The town's menu comprises of Puri, Dal Bati Choorma, Rabdi, Lassi, Gatte ki Sabzi and much more.
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What are the things to do in Alwar?

The top things to do in Alwar are Bhangarh Fort, Bala Quila Fort, Sariska National Park, Siliserh Lake Palace, Kesroli, Moti Dungri. You can see all the places to visit in Alwar here

How much does a package cost for Alwar?

The packages for Alwar start at INR 10600 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best time to visit Alwar?

Summers in Alwar can become really hot with a record temperature of as high as 50 degrees Celsius. October to March is relatively pleasant. On the occasion of Rakshabandhan, people celebrate by having kite flying competitions and the sky looks like a sea with colourful water creatures. This could be a sight worth witnessing.
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Who should visit Alwar?

Alwar is ideal for both wildlife and history loving tourists. Also suitable for backpackers from places like Jaipur, Jodhpur etc.

What is the best way to reach Alwar?

Delhi Airport is the closest to Alwar (163 km). You can easily take a cab from Delhi. Alwar is well connected to major nearby cities via bus service as well. Train connectivity is good too. The train ride to Alwar is nice as it has picturesque views to offer. Also, it is on the heritage route - the majestic Palace-On-Wheels running through here.
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What is not so good about Alwar?

Extremely hot in summers and extremely cold in winters. The place is a little polluted. Finding non-vegetarian food can be difficult.

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Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- 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.
Jitendra Motilal 2 years ago
this is one of the best place to visit if you are in nearby Delhi alwar is good city apart from this there are lots of place in Rajasthan for travel "link hidden"
Sanjana Chawla 2 years ago
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.
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