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.
A town in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu, Nagoreis renowned for the NagoreDargah, a revered place of all faiths.A five centuries old Islamic shrine, NagoreDargah attracts millions of pilgrims irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Situated along the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Nagore also houses the centuries old Hindu shrine that is maintained by the fishermen.
Budget Hotels in Nagore
There are a good number of hotels in Nagore. Tourists visiting the place can stay at T.T.D.C. Hotel (tariff –Rs. 400 onwards) and Hanifa Lodge (tariff –Rs. 300 onwards).
Tamil is the local language here.
Events in Nagore
The popular Kandhuriis a 14 day annual event celebrated during the urs (death anniversary) of the saint. The festival season in Nagore occurs during the month of May.
Places to See in Nagore
The NagoreDargah in the heart of town and the Seeralamman temple (1km) are places to visit here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Thanjavur (82kms)
Nagorehas its own railway station
NagoreBus Stop runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like JRS Travels and MJT Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.