By: Ananya Majumdar (LTEN)
Only if our life was not that monotonous, we would have never needed a vacation.
It had been a stressful week, working overtime at office due to the work pressure. My mind needed rest. So, I jumped at the opportunity of going on a weekend break as soon as the slightest proposition was made. There are a number of weekend getaways from Faridabad. So, after a lot of calculation, we decided to visit Alwar – a lesser known place in Rajasthan.
The road leading to Alwar is awesome for driving. We absolutely loved the lush post monsoon greenery of the hills on the way to Alwar.
Since, we had started from Faridabad at 6am on Saturday morning; we arrived at Alwar pretty early and headed straight for Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Although, Sariska remains open for Safari only from October to June, we decided to still check out if we could go anywhere close to the forest. Well the road from Alwar to Sariska is not so good. A number of potholes have been created due to the heavy rains in the area and no repair work has taken place. So, it was a bumpy ride. But, we were lucky. Although Safari’s were not operative, cars could enter Sariska with an entry ticket of Rs 250. As you drive through the forest, you may be lucky enough to spot some spotted dear and lots of peacocks. I guess to see a tiger would be a miracle.
We hadn’t made any hotel reservation. So, after leaving the forest we headed for hotel hunting. Thanks to google maps we located some budget hotels at Manu marg and checked in one of them for the night. After taking a little rest at the hotel and ordering Dominos pizza for lunch, I started checking out the places of interest. We discovered a place “Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri” which was a 7mins drive from our hotel. On arriving at the place guided by google maps, yet again, we found the city palace converted to the district court building. After enquiring from the locals we found a stairway which lead up to the monument we were looking for… an example of Rajput grandeur. It is a cenotaph for Raja Bakhtawar Singh and his queen Moosi Rani. The Cenotaph is built on two levels and is in Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The ground level is in red sandstone and has nicely carved hallways. The upper level of the Chhatri is in white marble and it makes for a pretty picture.
There is a reservoir overlooking the cenotaph, but it is not maintained well and covered with slime. Hidden behind the district court and surrounded by the Aravallis, this structure is not much known to the tourists. But, it’s a place which has its own charm and will make you feel really at peace.
After a lot of convincing, it was decided that our destination next morning would be Bhangarh. Well, how can one not go to Bhangarh fort after coming so close? After all it claims to be Asia’s most haunted place. Well it was a 92kms drive to reach the Ruins of Bhangarh. Well, I must confess there was nothing scary about the place (specially because we visited in the morning). But, walking through the ruins, I could clearly picturise how beautiful the city must have been in its time of glory.
After Bhangarh, we went back to Alwar and drove on the same road that lead to Sariska to visit Garwaji Waterfall and on our way back visited Siliserh Lake.
Siliserh Lake is spread over 7sq km area with the backdrop of the Aravalli hills.
There is a palace on the hills overlooking the lake which gives breathtaking view of the lake. The palace is converted to a hotel, so you can even enjoy a stay there.
After that we came straight back to Faridabad to mark an end to an awesome weekend. But, the memories will last forever through the good photographic experience I had throughout the trip.