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Sariska Palace, Alwar Overview

The grand Sariska Palace, built in 1892 by his majesty Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Alwar, is truly a sight for sore eyes. Every corner of this beautiful palace drips of royalty and regality at its best. The opulent palace spreads across 120 acres of lush green landscapes, compelling the onlooker to fall in love with its grandeur. However, the main reason why the beauty of the palace is greatly multiplied is that it towers right on the edge of the Sariska National Park. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this marvel as a hunting lodge for his guests and himself. The picturesque view of an enormous palace with the backdrop of thick green forests is one you shouldn't miss. You might just forget that we are no longer in the 19th century!

Sariska Palace is now open to tourists as a 5-star hotel and is one of the most popular heritage hotels in the state of Rajasthan. Imagine, spending a night at the same place where one of the richest maharajas of our country once lived; a night spent at this luxurious hotel is a night to remember.

The resplendent palace turned hotel overlooks the national park providing a panoramic view of dense majestic forests. One wakes up to the soft and melodious chirping of several exotic species of birds; much different from the blaring alarms that we are so tired of. Spacious rooms, breathtaking views, 5-star amenities and generous hospitality; this is truly a one-stop destination to relieve all the stress and tension from our fast-paced lives.

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History of Sariska Palace

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this palace as a hunting lodge primarily to welcome Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria. The grandeur of the Sariska palace was highly appreciated by the guests. It was a perfect blend of apt location and superior architecture. Because of its proximity to the forest, the royals often had the privilege of spotting animals in the wild right from the comfort of their balconies! In fact, they occasionally hunted from their balconies itself. And hence, this majestic palace served as a hunting lodge for the Maharaja and his guests for several years.

Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh has been known to have bought 7 Rolls Royce cars and treat them as garbage disposal vehicles to spite the Rolls Royce salesman who treated him inappropriately. Imagine, if he can spend such a fortune for a petty feud, how much would he have spent on a palace that he wanted to welcome the Duke in?

Architecture of Sariska Palace

Renowned for its architectural grandeur and natural beauty, the Sariska palace has the architecture like no other in the state. The reigning king shipped in an architect from overseas to make the architectural theme of the palace a blend of French and Rajasthani styles. The majestic palace boasts of architecture so exotic that it is bound to inspire awe in everyone who has ever visited it.

The walls of the palace are a soft beige and glisten as the morning sun smiles upon it. With its thick stone walls amidst the green landscapes, it stands as a symbol of power and prowess. Instead of peaks, the towers are domed with perfection. The insides of the splendid palace are flanked with ostentatiously detailed pillars and the paintings of his Majesty Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh decorate the walls with a sense of pure royalty. From the grand flagstone doors to the opulent arches, this beautiful palace smugly challenges even the slightest thought of replicating the marvel.

Jungle Safari at Sariska National Park

The Sariska National Park gives the wildlife enthusiast in all of us a chance to engage in the beauty of nature. The national park is open to visitors who wish to take up the adventure of jungle safaris in the woods. The gipsies ride through the raw forest and give us an opportunity to spot animals in the wilderness, in their own natural habitat. The paths for the gipsies tear through the woods and make you feel like a part of their ecosystem, as though you are part of the forest.  Wild boars, Chitals, Rhesus monkeys, Leopards, Indian Grey Mongoose have made this national park their home.

The magnificent lake of Siliserh and the majestic Kanakwari Fort are both situated in the national park. Built in the 17th century on a sharp hilltop of Kankwari, this fort was used by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to imprison his brother, Dara. At present, this fort provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles.  The lake glistens in the sun and brings a sense of calmness as tiny ripples of water form a pattern around the fish that come up to kiss the air.

Tips For Visiting Sariska Palace

1. The breakfast buffet at the Sariska Palace is quite appreciated and is a must try.
2. The lawns at the hotel are perfectly manicured and extremely spacious. If you are traveling with your family or friends, be sure to carry some badminton rackets or a Frisbee to throw around!
3. If you wish the national park between 1st July and 30th September, be sure to book the early safaris. During this period, pilgrims are given access to the Pandupol Hanuman Temple that is situated in the forest on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This can make the gypsy routes a little crowded and may scare the animals away.
4. Carry a cap and apply a generous amount of sunscreen before you head on your safari. And don't forget your binoculars!

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