Alwar, Sariska and around

Alwar has fascinating monuments including the Bala Quilla fort, overlooking the town, and the Moti Doongri fort, in a garden. The former, which was never taken by direct assault, has relics of the early Rajput rulers, the founders of the fort, who had their capital near Alwar. Over the centuries it was home to the Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans, Jats and finally the Rajputs. There are also palaces and colonial period parks and gardens. The town itself is very untouristy and spread over a large area, making navigation difficult at times, but is generally very welcoming.

The 480-sq-km Sariska reserve is a dry deciduous forest set in a valley surrounded by the barren Aravalli hills. The princely shooting reserve of the Maharajah of Alwar was declared a sanctuary in 1955. Exactly 50 years later it acquired the dubious honour of being the first Project Tiger reserve to be declared free of tigers, the last ones presumably having been poached to feed the Chinese demand for erectile function in old age. Nevertheless, the park still holds some wildlife, and a certain rugged appeal.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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