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.
The second largest city in the Indian State of Rajasthan was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the Kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
Places to Stay
There are beautiful places to stay in this marvellous city which include: The Blue House Hotel (charges Rs 1568 Onwards, 1.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Station Road), Hotel Haveli (charges Rs 1011 and above, 1.9 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Nai Sarak), Park Plaza - Jodhpur (Rs 4574 Onwards, 3.6 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Hotel Suncity International (Rs 1374 onwards, 3 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Kothi Heritage (Rs 2825 and above, 2.5 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on NH-112).
Marwar Festival :The most popular Jodhpur Festival - Marwar Festival, is Celebrated in the month of September-October in memory of Heroes of Rajasthan.Jodhpur Nagaur Fair:This is the second largest Fair in India which is celebrated during the month of January - February. It is popularly known as Cattle Fair of Nagaur.Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival:Started few years ago this festival has gained immense popularity. It is held on 14th of January every year.
Main languages of this region are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani.
Places to Visit
Mehrangarh Fort which is 4.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand is one of the most beautiful and main tourist spots in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada which is 4 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand, Bal Samand Lake and Palace which is 10 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand and Kaylana Lake which is 9.1 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport is the prominent Airport in Rajasthan and is connected to the major cities.
Jodhpur Railway Station is well connected to Major Cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Pune, Kota, Kanpur, Bareilly, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Lucknow, Gwalior and Jaipur. The railway station is also the originating point for various trains like Jodhpur – Indore Express, Jodhpur – Chennai express, Jodhpur – Puri Express, Mandore Express, Suryanagri Superfast Express etc
Jodhpur is connected by Road to all major cities in Rajasthan. Outer States are also well connected like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Ujjain, Agra. Rajasthan Roadways is providing Volvo bus service to major cities. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.