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.
Thiruthuraipoondi, a city in Tamil Nadu’s Thiruvarur district, is one of the oldest and ancient cities found in this region. The Piravimarundeesar Temple in this city is a major pilgrim center that sees a huge footfall of devotees as well as tourists from all over. Some of its neighbouring cities are Mannargudi, Thiruvarur, Muthupet, Vedaranyam, Velankanni and Nagappattinam.
Budget Hotels in Thiruthuraipoondi
For budget hotels, one has to travel to Thiruvarur, which is 31 km away from this city. A few of these hotels are VPK Lodge (Tariff – Rs.341), Man Lodge (Tariff – Rs.238) and Hotel Kasis Inn (Tariff – Rs.627).
The official language spoken in Thiruthuraipoondi is Tamil.
Events in Thiruthuraipoondi
The festivals celebrated in Thiruthuraipoondi are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali during October-November.
Places to See in Thiruthuraipoondi
Thiruthuraipoondi has a number of attractions in and around the city that are worth visiting. Some of these are Thenikulam, a kilometer within the city, Kunnalur (8 km), Segal Madappuram (9 km), Naluvethapathi (29 km) and VKP Beach (30 km) away from Thiruthuraipoondi.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Tiruchirapalli International Airport, which is 127 km away from this city.
Thiruthuraipoondi Railway Station is just 2 km away from the main city center.
There are numerous state-run and private buses that travel to and fro nearby cities and towns. SVT Travels, MJT Travels, Universal Travels and Sri Venkateswara Travels run buses from Chennai to Thiruthuraipoondi. Plan your vacation in advance and book online to get discounts on bus tickets.