Often referred to as the ‘The Gateway of Rajasthan’, Alwar is a picturesque city with its hills, lakes and temples contributing to its beautiful landscape. In fact, the city is very near the surrounding states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Referred to as ‘Ulwar’ during the British Raj, the city was a part of the princely state of Alwar. It has a rich mix of ethnicities such as Rajputs, Gujjars, Meena, Meo (Mewati Muslims) and Ahirs.
Places to Stay
Being a city, Alwar has a good variety and range of budget hotels among which Natraj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Ankur Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), and the Maharaja Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650) are worth exploring.
The official language of the city is Hindi. Being close to Haryana, Haryanvi is also understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Dussehra, Diwali and the two Eid(s)
Places of Interest
There are several places of interest in Alwar among which the ‘haunted’ fort of Bhangarh has booked the city a place in the international list of spooky places. Authorities ensure the restriction of people from being on the fort premises after sunset till sunrise. Other places of interest are the Jagannath Mandir, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Siliserh, Alwar Fort and others.
How to Get There
The closest airport to the city is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi at a distance of 163 km.
The city has its own railway station which connects it to some of the major cities in India such as Delhi and Mumbai as well as regional cities like Jodhpur.
Mostly buses run by the state-run RSRTC serve the city and connect it to other cities. Private services are also in the race with currently Shree Krishna Travels having services from the city to Delhi. When you book online bus tickets from Ticketgoose.com, look out for its discounts and other offers.
An industrial city in the Cuddalore district, Chidambaram is a temple town of Tamil Nadu. The place is surrounded with beautiful temples and architectural monuments.This city has attracted many of Shaivites and Vaishnavites for renowned Chidambaram Natarajar temple. The Chidambaram Temple has the Akasha Lingam of Shiva and this pilgrimage place is considered to be best Lord Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu.
Budget Hotels in Chidambaram
There are good budget hotels in Chidambaram . Some of them are Natraja Residency (Tariff – Rs.1500), Heavens Land Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Akshaya Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1300) and R K Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
Events in Chidambaram
Natyanjali Dance Festival (March) is one of the famous festivals in Chidambaram. This festival celebrates various kinds of dance forms.
Tamil is the Local Language here. The other language include Telugu and Hindi.
Places to See in Chidambaram
There are several places of tourist attraction in Chidambaram . Some of the places include Nataraja Temple ( 16 km from Chidambaram) Vaitheeswaran Koil (24kms from Chidambaram), Thillai Kali Amman temple (12 kms from Chidambaram), Tiruvetkalam Temple (2 kms from Chidambaram), Pitchavaram backwater (16.5 kms from Chidambaram) and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple (2 kms from Belgaum).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Chidambaram is Pondicherry Airport. It is located 66kms away from the city.
Chidambaram Railway Station is well connected with the major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Andhra pradesh
There are regular bus service available to the major districts and cities of Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.Private bus operators like KPN Travels, ABT X Travels and ARC Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Book a bus ticket in advance and travel without any hassle to any destination in India.