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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Sariska?

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So you’ve done the jeep safari, you’ve clicked photographs and visited all the places of interest in Sariska. But hey! The vacation isn’t over yet. There’s still lots more to see around Sariska, if you’re up for it and have the time. Explore these places around Sariska to add that cherry on the icing of your holiday:

  • Alwar
    Situated amidst the Aravalli Range and only about 35 kms from Sariska, Alwar represents a colorful blend of different cultures integrated in a single entity. Visitors take pride in the rich heritage (dating back to 1500 BC) of Alwar by visiting the majestic monuments and historical palaces that found base here. There is an easy availability of Sariska to Alwar cab and the journey is quite convenient. Also, the hilly terrain has plenty of natural beauty and interesting wildlife to make it a preferred destination for a relaxed and exciting vacation. The roadside views on your trip to Alwar deserves a special mention here as you will pass through stunning facades and gorgeous valleys which makes the journey even more interesting. Don't forget to make your way into the local market to buy some beautiful artifacts, ranging from printed saris to colorful bangles and even more!
  • Jaipur
    Hailed as the Pink City and richly steeped in years of colorful Rajput history, Jaipur enthralls one and all with its plethora of forts, temples and a host of other majestic monuments. About 150 km from Sariska (around 1.5 hrs by road), here you will find endless historic sightseeing, traditional handicrafts and elephant safaris, all combining to make Jaipur an unforgettable part of one's holiday memories. The city is a key highlight of the Golden Triangle Tour comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Just a couple of interesting tourist highlights of this wonder packed city are Amber Fort and Galtaji. The Amber Fort is a massive Fort-Palace complex located atop a hill. A popular tourist activity is to take an elephant ride to the fort. Those with a more pious inclination would do well to check out the revered Hindu religious site of Galtaji, with its pink-stoned temple giving a sense of unparalleled beauty.
  • Delhi
    The seven times destroyed capital city, Delhi speaks through its diverse ethnicity, culture and tradition, food and language. The political and business center of the country and just about 180 km from Sariska (4 hrs by road), Delhi boasts of being the perfect blend of history and modernity. Being the chief transit hub in north India, you can easily get a Sariska to Delhi taxi. From temples to nightclubs, there is a little something for everyone. Undoubtedly the most multi-ethnic city in the country, it has preserved its history but has not forgotten to develop in its due course to become one of the most modern cities in the country. Laden with few of the best universities in the world, Delhi also boasts of the best research centers, theaters, performing art centers and museums. The city features architectural brilliance of the British and Mughal buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Red Fort to the contemporary brilliance of several amusement parks, shopping malls and party hubs. Not only is the city popular for its culture and celebrations, it is also known for its diversely delicious food from all the regions of the country. From street food to posh multi-cuisine buffets, you’re going to go home with one happy tummy, and of course, heart.
  • Bhangarh Fort
    Just 50 km from Sariska lies this beautiful town of the 17th Century. Built by Raja Madho Singh, it lies now in ruins, adding a historic, quaint appeal to it. Legend believes that the fort is haunted due to a curse from a Tantrik magician, after which the town was abandoned. Visitors take up the challenge to test their strength of will and gut by visiting this place, other than of course experiencing its sheer beauty and grandeur. The complex also houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Gopinath, which themselves sport beautiful carvings which you can explore. Due to its interesting myths and legends of paranormal activity, entry is forbidden beyond sunset, and most tourists themselves steer clear of its haunting and haunted aura.
  • Siliserh Lake
    Just about 13 km from Sariska, this is one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan. Built by Maharaja Vinay Singh as a reservoir for the people of Alwar in 1845, a magnificent palace and hunting lodge looks over the lake. Legend has it that this palace was built by the ruler for his wife Shila as a token of his love, which had since then served as a retreat and hunting lodge for the royal family. Carry a picnic hamper, while you look over the lake with a sense of wonder and sweeping tranquility. Make sure you keep that camera handy!

With a world out there for you to explore, you’re sure not going to want to stay indoors! Whip out your holiday hat and get ready have the time of your life.

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