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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the ways to reach Alwar?

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An exercise in road-trip, Alwar is a good bet for experiencing royal legacy, stimulating walks and a relaxing hotel stay. Winding through fields that are either green with wheat and barley or brown with their stalks, a scenery that is barren at places, the sight of Aravalli ranges beginning to emerge from beneath the flora heralds the arrival of Alwar and you can feel the pull of the place. You can choose between the following modes to reach Alwar:

By Air

Alwar unfortunately doesn’t support an airport of its own and
Jaipur International Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, are the closest ones to it at a distance of 156 and 162 km respectively. One of the speedier ways to get to Alwar, you can consider this mode if you are travelling from anywhere else other than Rajasthan and Delhi. From Delhi, Alwar is actually 160 km and even if you take a flight you have a 3 hour road trip ahead of you from Jaipur. From both Jaipur and Delhi Airport you can take a cab or bus that will cost you about INR 1,500 to INR 2,000 in a cab and INR 150 to 600 in a bus.

By Car

Driving to Alwar is another option before you. From Jaipur and Delhi it lies more or less equidistant, being 160 km south of Delhi and 154 km north of Jaipur. From Delhi there are 3 routes to take-SH 25, NH2 and SH 22 and 25. Take SH 25 leading from
Gurgaon rather than one leading from Bahadurgarh (SH 22 and 25 route) or Faridabad (route NH2). It will not only save distance and time, but also shave off a few minutes of the bumpy ride ahead of you. The travel will take you about 3-4 hours depending on the traffic and stops you take.

From Jaipur, again there are 3 routes to choose from-SH 55, NH8 and MDR 27, and SH 25A. Take the SH 55 route that begins from SH 140 and passes by Sun and Moon chambers. It will save you 9 to 13 km off of the other 2. Travel will take you about 3-3.5 hours.

Alternatively, you could hire a cab to Alwar. The fare will generally work out to be INR 1,500 to 2,000 for one side. Ensure about the reliability of the service from which you avail of the cab service.

By Bus

Delhi, Gurgaon and Jaipur bus stands, Deluxe, Super deluxe, Volvo and regular buses are available for Alwar. Check in advance the timings and availability as the frequency is fairly low. The fare typically ranges from INR 300 to 1,000 depending on the type of bus you take. A number of private tour operators conduct tours to Alwar. You could simply avail only of their bus service to reach Alwar and on reaching Alwar continue your own way.

By Train

An economical and fun filled option, you could also catch a train to Alwar. A number of trains depart daily from Delhi and Jaipur to Alwar like Ajmer Shatabdi, Ajmer Shatabdi special, Haridwar Ajmer Special. A number of these trains originate in different cities across India and link to Alwar via Delhi and Jaipur.

Your trip to Alwar can be the perfect opportunity to travel in the
oldest steam locomotive in the world. Built in 1855, Fairy Queen has been running a tourist circuit from Delhi to Alwar and back since 2004. Certified by Guinness Book of World records as the oldest working locomotive, you will get to travel in splendour and old world elegance in its 2 coaches that will puff their way through Rajasthan countryside. However, keep in mind that if you book the entire 2 night-one day package, it only includes stop at Sariska Tiger reserve and its safari, in addition to the travel, food, cultural program and stay at Jungle Lodge. With Alwar as your destination, you can instead book yourself a place on the train for one side travel. After getting down at Sariska, you can continue the journey further in a cab. You will be boarding the train at Delhi cantonment railway station. Advance reservations need to be made. The train only runs from the month of October to March, every 2nd and 4th Saturday. The cost of one side travel in this heritage train will be INR 2,200 (taxes extra). The entire package is INR 7,500 (taxes extra).

A journey that takes you through broad valleys, luminous golden and red earth, forests and dusty villages, the path leading to Alwar will set the perfect tone for the adventure destination that awaits you. So get set and let the journey roll.

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