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.
Muradabad district is one among seventy-one districts in Uttar Pradesh. It is located 358 km south of Lucknow. It is the second largest district with respect to population. Its brass metal handicraft is world famous with export revenues of Rs 22 billion annually. Muradabad is located at a distance of 167 km from New Delhi. Gulshan-e-Karim-Moradabad restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants providing authentic Mughlai cuisine here in Muradabad.
Places to Stay
Few budget hotel options in Muradabad are Paradise Hotel RK (Tariff- Rs. 600), Hotel Singh Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mansarovsar Paradise (Tariff-Rs. 1000), and Hotel Taj Inn (Tariff-Rs. 1400).
The languages spoken in Muradabad are Hindi, Urdu, English, Khariboli, Haryanvi, Punjabi, and Kumaoni.
Some of the prominent festivals celebrated here include Teej Festival, Basant Panchami, Navratri, Dasserra, and Dipavali. Places of Interest Muradabad is famous for Jamma Masjid a holy place of Muslims to worship. City also has a Raza Library, Kanva Ashram, Rambagh Dham, Shri Parshvanath Digambar Jain Mandir, Sai Temple, Vidur Kuti, and Pataleshwar Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar airport (79 km).
Muradabad has a major railway station line which connects many cities across India.
Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport (UPSRTC) runs buses from major cities to towns and villages. There are private busses also available such in Volvo, AC, Non AC, and AC. Booking a bus ticket online is easy and convenient through Ticketgoose.com.