Rajasthan is a state in India which is known for its rich royal history, colourful cultural diversity, widely spread sand dunes, mouth watering cuisines, beautiful heritage sites and exotic wild life varieties. Thus, situated in Rajasthan, Alwar is also not untouched with all these fascinating beauties. The glamorous heritage sites of Alwar is the gift of Maharajas to this small district and the Vinay Vilas Mahal which is commonly known as City Palace is definitely one of them.
The monument- City Palace was built in 1793 A.D. by Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh, which is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal style of designing. Nested within the neighboring Aravali Hills this magnificent architecture was build to create an imposing effect on travelers. The beautiful ornate sculpture of City Palace gives you the glimpse of bygone era of kings and their royal life style. Elegant architecture of the Vinay Vilas Mahal consists of marble pavilions with bases made of lotus flower in the large central courtyard.
At present the City Palace has been completely taken over by state government and transformed into district’s collectorate office and other government offices. Apart from that, history buffs and visitors can climb up to the other floors of the palace which has been transformed into Government Museum. The museum consists of three sections which contains the personal belongings of maharajas which are:
First Section – Archeological findings of the region
Second Section – Storehouse of paintings
Third Section – Display of weapons
Within the vicinity of Vinay Vilas Mahal there is an artificial lake called Sagar, which was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in the year 1815. The Sagar Lake is only few feet away from City Palace and can be accessed by anyone easily. The Sagar is enclosed by symmetrically placed cenotaphs or chhatris which are dome shaped pavilions and stairs build into the 4 sides of the lake that can be descended to reach the water at the bottom. The real highlights of Sagar are an overlooking terrace and Moosi Maharani Chhatri, which is a beautiful sandstone and marble cenotaph of Raja Bakhtawar Singh.
How to reach City Palace Alwar:
By Air: – Jaipur (Sanganer Airport)- 162 Kms from Alwar City
New Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) – 170 Kms from Alwar City
By Train: Jaipur Railway Station – 147 Kms from Alwar Railway Station (3 Hours approx)
New Delhi Railway Station – 156 Kms from Alwar Railway Station (4 hours Approx)
By Road: Jaipur to Alwar (162Kms) Via NH11 and RJ SH 25
Delhi to Alwar (155 Kms) Via Alwar- Bhiwadi Road
City Place is an excellent place for history buffs and casual visitors. So what are you waiting for just pack your bags and explore unfold the history of Maharajas. For more info visit- http://www.myalwar.com/city-palace-in-alwar/