Tijara Fort, Alwar

Tijara Fort, Alwar

On the royal land of Rajasthan there are lots of places which are with unmatched qualities, but yet unexplored by the tourists. One of such places is the Tijara Fort of Alwar. Nature’s bounty in countryside and Tijara Fort as a stony dot produce picture perfect view.
This historical place is a part of Tijara city which falls in the Alwar district. It was built in the 19th century on hilltop in Indo-Afghan architectural style. The palace is spread over almost 8 acres of land. Colonial influence is clearly seen on its construction. With beautiful carvings over sandstone, this fort has three different areas. They are known as Mardana- a palace area for men of the royal family, the Rani Mahal, which was used by the females of the royal family, particularly queens and Hawa Mahal, which is made in such a way that the wind flows all the time across it. Rani Mahal has 21 rooms decorated with murals, paintings and craft works by renowned artists like Anjolie Ela Menon, Anju Dodiya, and Amrita Shergill etc. Today they are the 21 suites in Tijara Fort hotel, each named after the artists whose artwork are displayed there.
Maharaja Balwant Singh has been credited for construction of Tijara Fort. It took 13 years to complete, starting in 1836 AD. There is an interesting history behind the making of the palace. Once this small estate was also having great significance on the Indian polity. It has seen lots of ups and downs during erstwhile rulers. The Britishers to strengthen hold over Alwar encouraged division of the place. Maharaja Balwant Singh who was born from a muslim mistress, was the most popular prince of the state. He was much fond of horses and elephants and a great patron of poets and scholars. Balwant Singh ventured out with one-third of its treasury and built his fort at Tijara.
How to reach there?
Tijara Fort is just 5 km from Alwar city centre. Well, to reach to Tijara Fort is easier in these days as the connectivity by rail as well as the road is really appreciable. The nearest railway station is Alwar station, which is 53 km away. To be here on a trip, the cab arrangement from Delhi can also be made as it is hardly 93 km away from the capital or the state capital Jaipur as it is also not too far. The nearest airport is Delhi Airport.
The palace as a heritage hotel:
Though this beautiful fort is now converted into a heritage hotel, but the grandeur of the same can reveal the past status it has enjoyed. Rani Mahal’s 21 suites are named differently. There is Anju Mahal, Bharti Mahal, Pushpmala Mahal, Vishakha Mahal, and Anjolie Mahal. This heritage hotel after making necessary modifications to the palace is considered as one of the most beautiful ones in the nearby area and offers a great chance to have a single day trip from the capital.
It is the only public private partnership project under the same management as of Neemrana heritage hotel and hence with the royal treatment one can also expect the professional approach of the hospitality.
There are 20 rooms, 1 penthouse, and 11 Turret suits to provide the luxurious stay to the guests. One can enjoy the view of hanging gardens as the dining and living are linked. There are three different floors on which different suites and rooms are available for guests. The beautification of the hotel was recently made and hence one can enjoy the rich history with all modern facilities.
For the history and modern lifestyle lovers, this palace offers a wonderful single day trip from Delhi. On the visit to Alwar, one can also enjoy the nearby tourist destinations such as Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Bala Quilla, Jaisamand Lake, Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Tijara Jain Temples, City Palace, and a lot of other places, that can keep one busy for the whole day.

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