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Alwar
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Previously it was a Rajput state, until Sultan Balban seized the throne in the late 13th century. The legendary Maharana Partap Singh brought it back under the Rajput in 18th century.It is just 150 Km from Jaipur and 170 Km From Delhi, situated between a small hilly area of the Aravali range. Apart from the history, this city is rich with natural heritage, some beautiful lakes and valleys.

One can find the finest variety of birds and animals here. Alwar has one of the well known wild life sanctuaries in Rajasthan-Sarika.
 
Places of interest
 
The Fort

This huge fort was Constructed before the rise of the Mughal empire.Infact, Babar had spent a night at this fort and took away all the hidden treasures to gift to his son Humayun. Akbar’s son Jahangir had also stayed here for some time during his exile. The place where he used to stay is called the Salim Mahal. The fort was finally captured by Mharaja Pratap singh in 1775 A.D. The fort has several gates like jai pole, Suraj pole, Laxman Pole, Chand Pole, Kishan Pole and Andheri Gate. Also there are some remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples.

 
City Palace or Vinay Vilas Mahal

This is a 18th century palace, which is the blending of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. The ground floors have converted into government offices and district courts and the upper apartment is presently a museum consisting rajput amd mughal paintings and sculptures.

 
Government Museum

This museum has the bigest collection of Mughal and Rajput painting of 18th and 19th centuries and some rare ancient manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Sanskrit.Some of the major attractions are, ‘Gulistan’ or the garden of roses, Waqiat-I-Babri’ or the autobiography of Mughal emperor Babar and Bostan or the garden of spring. There one can find the copy of Mahabharata,the great epic painted by the artists of the Alwar school of painting.

 
Purjan Vihar

This is a huge garden laid out by Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh in 1868 A.D. The garden has a beautiful setting called ‘Shimla’ which was built by Maharaja Mangal Singh. This is a famous place for spending time in summers.

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