Alwar is a lesser known destination in the tourist favorite state of Rajasthan, India. It’s located around 180 km from Delhi, in the heart of Aravalli mountain ranges and has a wildlife sanctuary. It other words, it makes for a perfect weekend holiday destination from Delhi.
We visited Alwar on extended weekend while returning back from Pushkar and the outing here was a mixture of fun, disappointments and some discoveries.
We absolutely loved the lush post monsoon greenery of the hills surrounding Alwar. On the first day, we went for a drive to the Sariska Wildlife sanctuary, which was closed but we drove up to the Sariska Palace, which was a huge disappointment as even to enter the premises one had to pay 500 bucks..not interested!!
Alwar is a former princely state and has many palaces and historical monuments. One of the prominent palaces is the city palace which is now the district court. It is open to all public and we went there with high hopes.
Well, the city palace was in bad state, having been used as a district court in the first place and not been maintained properly by the government.
Behind the City Palace was a cenotaph of the most famous king & his queen of the erstwhile royal family of Alwar. Known as Moosi Rani ki Chattri, it was a lovely monument and devoid of crowds. we spent a lot of time at the place. However, like the city palace, it hasn’t been maintained as well as it should be.
Siliserh is a beautiful lake in Alwar, offering amazing views and soft breeze. It was wonderful spending time at the lake and we had some friendly goats for company.
We wanted to visit Bala Quila (fort) and drove out of the city to visit the fort, unfortunately the main road upto it was damaged. Whilst we were sitting disappointed our driver suggested a relatively lesser known heritage property-Dadhikar fort , which was another 20 minutes away. With nothing better to do in the day, we thought might as well go!!
Driving through the village roads, coming across crops in full season, we were really enjoying our ride to Dadhikar fort.
Soon, a winding village path brought us to a quaint looking fort and the very sight of it was soothing.
We parked our car in the driveway and walked upto this heritage property, which has been converted into a hotel. The manager was a friendly guy who welcomed us and told us that the fort had been restored around a year back and presently it received guests. He showed us around the property and I really loved the interiors of this pretty little property.
The Dadhikar fort offers some amazing views of the Aravallis along with friendly laidback hospitality and is a good option for a weekend break from Delhi.
After high tea at the Fort, we came back to our hotel, but could not stop talking about it.
Dadhikar Fort was our wonderful discovery in Alwar.
Alwar had been a trip of disappointments for the most part, but the wonderful discovery of thr Dadhikar Fort more than made up for it. I would be going there soon.
Till then ~ reminiscing with this amazing view of the Aravallis from the fort.