The last place on our itinerary for the Rajasthan trip
this time was the city of Alwar. Although we were nearly
exhausted and wanted to see our own home, the idea of
visiting places like Sariska and Bhangarh pepped us
enough to get going for the remaining trip.
As we reached the city of Alwar, heavy showers welcomed
us to the city. As we were to start our trip by visiting
the famous Sariska National Park, we decided to put
up at a hotel adjacent to the entrance of the national
park. We reached the hotel late in the evening and tired
by the journey looked for a bed straight away.
Next morning we got up early to catch the forest jeep
but missed it by a few minutes. Then we had to resort
to private jeep owners who are not all that skilled
and charge a bit more (it is always advisable to take
a government owned vehicle for forest safari). As we
entered the forest, we were amazed to see the vegetation.
Even during summers when the scorching summer heat was
killing, the forests were as green as ever. Animals
like deers, bluebulls, rabbits and foxes wandered in
a free environment there. We also went to historic monuments
like Kankwari fort, Pandupol and Hanuman temple that
are located right inside the national park. Later that
day we checked out of that hotel and returned to the
main city of Alwar that is around thirty-five kilometers
away from the national park.
Next morning we started our trip by visiting the famous
Bala Quila located nearly 15 kms away from the city.
It is a strategic fort on a hilltop that was built even
before the advent of the city of Alwar. One can have
a panoramic view of the city from the fort premises.
While returning we went to government museum that houses
a number of antiques that once belonged to the royal
family of Alwar. We kept the later half of the day to
visit the market places of the city and freaked out
with the shopping there.
The third and the last day of our visit to the city
was mainly focused on visiting the excavated town of
Bhangarh and the attractions nearby. As the town is
around 80 kms from the city of Alwar, we had to go through
a strenuous journey with harsh rays of sun falling on
us. It took us around three hours to reach Bhangarh
as the roads were not maintained properly but still
the outcome was worth the effort. It was a beautiful
site and has been conserved properly by the authorities.
While returning we visited the temple of Bhartrihari and
the famous Siliserh Lake. The Siliserh Lake is a beautiful
place and an amazing site for its visitors. Located
in the outskirts of the city of Alwar, the beauty of
this lake is simply beyond words.
As we had heard a lot about the famous sweet that belongs
uniquely to Alwar, we went to the market in the evening
and bought a few boxes of milk cake from there. The
city is famous throughout the country for this preparation
that is palatable and can be preserved easily for days.
Although we stayed at Alwar only for three days still
we grew fond of the city. As we had seen a number of
townships in Rajasthan, we were under the impression
that most of the state consists of townships only and
there are only a few developed cities there. However
Alwar seemed to be a peaceful and developed city to
us thus ending our trip on a happy note.
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