Tijara Fort : The Royal Heritage of Alwar, Rajasthan
January 1, 1970
by Deep Supriyam
The essence of India is incomplete without experiencing the royalty of the roots of ‘The Land of Maharajas- Rajasthan’, which boasts of the grandeur and legendary ancient history of prince and princesses abode. In this culture abundant state lies the city of Alwar rooted with the mesmerizing castle, ‘Tijara’. Tijara Fort was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in the memory of his mother Moosi Maharani in the 19th century but remained incomplete due to his sudden death, which was later acquired by the culture restoration preservationists chain of Neemrana Hotels in 2007 and has skillfully restored the traditional Rajput-Afghan architecture of the palace.
How to Reach Tijara Fort?
Tijara is one of the famous wedding destinations in India and I spent some mesmerizing time at the wedding of my best friend, with the royal and grandeur atmosphere weaved memories of laughter, romance, and such beautiful emotional experience to my life. We drove from Delhi to Alwar, which is 92 kilometers away, if the roads are free of traffic buzz. I took a flight from Mumbai to Delhi and drove with friends to Tijara. It’s a pleasant ride of 2.5 to 3 hours and on the way, quick go-to eatery ‘dhabas’- small local cuisine restaurants are mushrooming roadside too. Bus services are frequently available too from Delhi State Road Transport Corporations and the nearest railway station is Alwar.
Things to adore in Tijara Fort
Tijara Fort allures you with huge elephants at the entrance and extraordinary historical gates welcoming you to dive into its fusion of history and artistic walls crafted with kingly aesthetics. As I attended a wedding, the fort was loaded with flowers and decorations and sound of ‘dhol’ was filling the air with enthusiasm. Tijara architecture is influenced by Rajput-Afghan style comprising three constructions: ‘Mardana Mahal’, the hall for the King’s royal court officials, ‘Rani Mahal’, an abode for the Maharani and ‘Hawa Mahal’, the palace of the winds to cherish the view from the height of the Alwar city.
Things to do in Tijara Fort
Tijara Fort is a getaway to ancient architecture, art, culture, and cuisine inspired by Rajasthan fused with contemporary approach of instilling terrace hanging gardens and all the suits name in Rani Mahal are inspired by the name of the skilled lady painters of India. From breathtaking view of sunsets by the Hawa Mahal to cherishing a cup of Indian tea in the grand verandah among the gardens by the Mardana Mahal is an experience of its own. The paintings depicting the lifestyle and moments of prince and princesses, the furniture, like the souvenir of their era and walks through the beautiful gardens and passage to the terrace and the windows are beautifully decorated capturing the best of the views through the fort.
As night sky covers the fort, the sound of jackals by the village deepens and the fort is lit with lights and cultural dances by the local dancers wearing colorful vibrant ethnic attire with accessories made of elephant tusks on artificial horse attached to them perform in the gardens of Rani Mahal. After the cultural performances, one can proceed to the scrumptious meals reminding an Indian soul of its heritage and a definite love for the folk art and culture.
Places to visit near Tijara Fort
Tijara Fort ideal location situated near tourist cities Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra offers one to visit several spectacular venues ranging from Tijara Jain and Hindu Temple, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhangarh, Bala Quila, City Palace, Moosi Maharani ki Chatri, Jaisamand Lake, Kankwdi Fort, hotsprings in Talvriksh, Deeg and many more.
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is Tiger Reserve situated in Alwar district which is an abode of several animals like hyenas, leopards, jackals, jungle cats, wild boar and many more. The sanctuary is former hunting grounds of the Alwar royalty which spreads in 866 sq km of area is now a wildlife reserve since 1955. It remains shut from 1st July to 30th December, while the best time to visit must be from October to March. Inside the reserve, there are numerous ruins of temples and houses of the 10th and 11th century.
The legendary fort enveloped with multiple sagas and stories is situated on the border of Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary in Alwar District. The fort is in the heart of the Bhangarh town on a sloping terrain built in 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, medieval markets and palace are nearby attractions. The Bhangarh Fort has many legends, one of which claims the fort to be cursed by the wicked witch and thus the effect of it is still holding its influence making it a haunted site.
Tijara Jain Temples
Tijara Jain temple is devoted to Chandraprabha who was the eighth Tirthankara, the spiritual teacher of dharma located in Dehra, Alwar district of Rajasthan. The temple is a ‘tirth’ a pilgrimage site established in 1956. The temple is instilled with the 15 feet white stone ‘Chandraprabha’ idol along with two other idols of Parshavanatha which is 250 years old and Lord Mahaveer idol is instilled too.
City Palace, Alwar
The City Palace, also renowned as ‘Vinay Vilas Mahal’ which is situated in the state of Alwar built in the 17th century. It is a beautiful fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The palace has many grand entry gates named as Laxman Pol, Suraj Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate, moving through them the place is surrounded by several Lord Krishna temples. The palace is famous for the artificial lake which was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815.
The term ‘Bala’ signifies young and thus the Bala Quila is known as ‘Young Fort’ in contrast to its vast demeanor which expands about 5 kilometers from north to the south and 1.5 kilometers from east to west, situated on 595 meters height from the ground level of the city Alwar. Hasan Khan Mewati built it in the 15th century which was handed over from different dynasty to another like Marathas, Yadavas, and the Kachwaha Rajputs.
Tijara Fort is a perfect place for all the admirer of nature with the blend of some culture, art, and history of incredible India and its beautiful city Alwar of Rajasthan. Escape in the royal trip and surrounded by plenty of adventurous, religious, museums and medieval bazaars all around the spectacular venue. A memory which stays close to your heart.
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May 31, 2019
Wonderful shots. I would love to visit this place.Nice place with superb pictures. Thanks for sharing.