Alluring Alwar, set in the lap of Aravalli ranges, presents a perfect picture postcard settings and seems to be carved out of jagged, craggy rocky outcrops. The ancient city is one of the oldest in the State and its numerous prehistoric and historic sites are archaeologists delight. It is also a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The antiquity of Alwar can be traced back to 1500 BC when it was a part of Matsya Desh. The present town was founded in the 11th century by Maharaja Alguhraj. Its strategically important location lured the foreign powers, but, the adventurous and valiant people of Alwar always guarded their freedom zealously.
Government Museum: It has probably the richest treasure of Rajput and Mughal paintings of18th and 19th centuries and some rare and ancient manuscripts.
Vinav Vilas Palace: This magnificent garden palace was the residence of Maharia Vinay Singh. Today, the palace houses a college.
Bala Quila: This ancient fort perched on a steep cliff is said to be constructed by Nikumbh Rajputs in 928 AD. The huge fort extends about 5 kms. from north to south and 1.6 km from east to west. It provides a breathtaking view of the city below.
City Palace: The 14th-century palace set in the heart of the old city is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. The palace museum housed in one of its apartments exhibits a rich collection of rare manuscripts, paintings, objects made out of jade, ivory, silver, etc. and a large collection of weapons.
Moosi Maharani Chhatri: The impressive cenotaph (chhatri) on the banks of Sagar lake was built in the memory of Bakhtawar Singh’s mistress. The picturesque Sagar lake is a concrete catchment, with a pattern of stairs and tiny kiosks in perfect symmetry along the sides.
Purjan Vihar or Company Garden: The beautiful garden was laid during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868.
Siliserh Lake & Palace (13 km.)
This summer retreat of the erstwhile royal family lies on the Jaipur road, amidst sylvan surroundings replete with natures bounty. The tranquil lake sprawls over an area of about 10.5 sq. Sariska Palace kms and is surrounded by thick forest. Magnificent cenotaphs grace the embankment of the lake. A royal Hunting Lodge Palace was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh for his queen Shila in 1845, which has now been converted into the Hotel Lake Palace. Boating and sailing facilities are available.