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 Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu,Panruti is located between Cuddalore and Viluppuram. The town is famous for its Jack fruit and Cashews, which is exported across the globe. The State Highway that connects Chennai-Kumbakonam and Cuddalore-Chittoorpasses through this town.The Rathinampillai market located in the centre of town attracts people from neighbouring towns and villages everyday.
Places to Stay
There are good hotels in Panruti. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Maharaj Lodge and Vaigai Lodge that offers rooms from Rs.400 onwards.
Pongal, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Tamil is the local language here.
Places to Visit
Thiruvathigai Temple (2kms) and ArulmiguVeeratteswarar temple (3kms) are places to visit here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Chennai (200kms)
Panrutihas its own railway station
Union Office Bus Stop, KuttaiThearu Bus Stop, Oil Mill Bus Stop, Panruti Bus Stand, Pakkiriplayam Bus Stop and Housing Board Bus Stop run regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Universal Travelsthat offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Opt for booking your tickets in advance and get cheap bus tickets from several travel portals.