Alwar is one of the oldest kingdoms in Rajasthan. A mythological belief persists that this region was known as Matsya Desh where the Pandavas spent their 13th year of exile. It was founded in 1049 by Maharaja Alaghraj and was a part of Virat Nagar in 1500 BC. Later, Alwar was ruled by several Rajput lineages - Nikumbh Rajputs, Yaduvanshi Rajputs, Badgujar Rajputs and Naruka. Even the Marathas and Jats of Bharatpur have ruled the region, though for a very short period. Foundation of modern Alwar was laid down by Rao Partap Singh, a brave Rajput soldier who conquered the Alwar Fort. On March 1948, the state merged with three princely states - Bharatpur, Dholpur, and Karauli, and formed the Matsya Union. Like other popular travel destinations in Rajasthan, Alwar is also famous for its historical landmarks, which are popular sightseeing places of the region too. When it comes to forts and palaces, the popular ones are Bala Qila, City Palace, Tomb of Fateh Jung, Purjan Vihar, and Vijay Mandir Palace. Alwar is a preferred destination for pilgrimage tour. There multiple shrines in every nook and corner of the city like Tijara Jain Temple, Neelkanth Temple, Bhartrihari Temple, and Narayani Mata Temple. In Alwar, some popular tourism places, mostly palaces, are converting into resorts like Neemrana Fort and Hill Fort Kesroli, which offer excellent accommodation options and make tourists feel like a royal.
The large rooms which uphold the majesty of the bygone era and pamper you with modern technology are ideal for detoxification of body and soul. Alwar is not only famous for its historical sites but also for its Sariska Tiger Reserve. Few kilometers away from Alwar, Sariska National Park is a popular attraction and also known for its Jeep safari. Here tourists can spot animals like caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, leopard, jungle cat, four-horned antelope. Food lovers, on Alwar tour, should try the soft and creamy Kalakand (Milk-Cake), which has highlighted city on the map of India. Tourists should relish Kulfi with rabri, Gulab jamun, Samosa, and Kachori. This city is packed with majestic forts, historical museums and silent lakes. Alwar tourism has maintained the unparalleled vibrancy and natural beauty of this place. And to know the city better, go through our Alwar holiday guide, which provides you complete information about places to visit, things to do, holiday packages, cultural highlights, travel tips and best accommodation options in Alwar, Rajasthan.