Also known as Vinay Vilas Palace, Alwar Palace is an epitome of the lovely blend of Indo-Islamic architecture. The palace is enveloped by Aravali Range and is among the most beautiful Rajasthan forts and palaces.
The entrance has balconies on both sides, and as you step further you’ll come across Krishna Temple on all four sides. The museum inside this 1793 palace is a treasure trove of miniature paintings and also houses armours, artifacts, coins and a silver table.
Build in the 18th century, this magnificent fort in located in the foothills of Aravalli, right below Bala Quila. The fort is a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture. There is an artificial lake within the vicinity of City Palace, which was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815. An elevated door shaped pavilion is built within the Vinay Vilas Mahal, which depicts the pride and honor of Rajput kingdoms.
At present the ground floor of the fort is used as government offices while the other floors have been transformed into an historic museum, which was built by Maharaja Tej Singh Prabhakar Bahadur (last ruling king of Alwar) in 1940. It houses different treasures like armor, furniture, manuscripts, etc. The fort is the only place in Alwar where one can get a glimpse of opulence of the Rajput and Mughal kings. Alwar tour is incomplete without visiting the City Palace.
Entry in the Palace can be done through various gates, which are known as Laxman Pol, Suraj Pol, Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri gate. Once passed through these gates, one is likely to come across an open ground with Krishna temples on all sides.
Well known for its heritage and archaeology, the City Palace also houses a museum which has preserved the enriching history of the Palace in it. Fascinating are the miniature paintings of the historical Alwar school, which ornate the walls of the reputed museum. Other than the museum, there is also a golden Durbar hall, which is one of the highlighting features of the Alwar City Palace.
Places to visit near Alwar:
Apart from the sprawling City Palace in Alwar, one can also pay a visit to the other splendid structures. Prominent structures in the close vicinity of Alwar City Palace are Company Bagh, Bhangarh fort and Government Museum.
Highlights of City Palace Alwar: Museum, Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri, Durbar Hall, Krishna Temples and regal entry gates
Entry Fee: INR 5 per person (Indians) | INR 5 per person (Foreigners)
Timings: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (except fridays)