The main places for excursions around Alwar, Rajasthan are:
Neemrana Fort Palace is situated in the Neemrana village of Alwar
district. Dating back to the 15th century, the fort has now been
converted into a heritage hotel. Infact, it is one of the oldest
heritage resorts in the country and still retains its historic grandeur.
Kesroli Hill Fort
Yaduvanshi Rajputs built Hill fort of Kesroli, near Alwar, in the 14th
century. Situated amidst picturesque agrarian surroundings, the fort now
counts amongst the oldest heritage hotels in India.
Siliserh Lake and Palace
One of the famous Alwar excursions is the Siliserh Lake. The lake
spreads over an area of approximately 10.5 sq. km. Located almost 12 km
to the southwest of the city of Alwar, this lake offers peace and
serenity to its visitors. Siliserh Lake is surrounded by low hills and
thick forest. On the banks of the lake are some royal cenotaphs. In the
year 1845, Maharaja Vinay Singh built a palace (hunting lodge) for his
Queen Shila near the lake. Now transformed into a tourist bungalow, it
still serves as a delightful tourist spot.
Located on the Sariska-Alwar road, is a famous pilgrim spot,
Talvrakash. A well-known Rishi, Mandav, underwent penance at this place.
Pilgrims come to this place to take a dip in the hot sulphur springs.
Surrounding Talvrakash are many temples and numerous langurs (apes)
wandering about the place.
The Bhartrihari temple is a prominent pilgrimage center. There is a
cenotaph of the legend associated the place with King Bhartrihari, who
abandoned the world 21 centuries ago. He roamed about in these parts in
penance and even has his cenotaph here. Every year a fair is organized
at the temple in the months of September/October.
Alwar excursion tour is incomplete without a visit to the Sariska
National Park. This sanctuary is located 37 km from the city of Alwar.
Covering an area of approximately 800 sq. km. (core area being 500 sq.
km.), Sariska has a rich wildlife and even a wide variety of birds.
Apart from that, attractions of Sariska include the Sariska Palace,
constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh.
Vijai Mandir Palace
Located almost 10 km from Alwar, is the Vijai Mandir Palace. Built by
Maharaja Jai Singh in 1981, the palace houses a Sita Ram Temple.
Enhancing the scenic beauty of the palace is a lake, adjacent to it.
However, the palace is not open to tourists and special permission has
to be taken from the secretary for the purpose.