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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips does one need to keep in mind while visiting Alwar?

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A striking land of intriguing culture and memorable experiences, Alwar is nothing short of haunting and hypnotic. Plan well and your trip to this fiercely independent Rajput city will be as epic as the battles that waged here. Some tips to keep in mind while planning your trip and when you are visiting Alwar are:

Book Ahead


Book your travel tickets well in advance. You don’t want a last minute scramble with tickets, plane or train, that are either unavailable or highly priced. With hotel booking becoming so convenient today, it would be good idea to book the hotel rooms of your choice and budget well before you travel to the city. Get a written confirmation through email or fax and carry a copy of the email or faxed confirmation to the hotel as proof of your room confirmation.

Alternatively, if you are tech savvy, you could download the TripIT app on your iphone, android, blackberry, windows 7 phone or ipad. Simply forward all your confirmation mails and documents to your TripIT account and it will organize all your details in one neat little itinerary for you. You can then simply log into the app and access your confirmation right at the flight and hotel desk.

Driving


Roads leading to Alwar are not so well maintained and good to drive on. Though wide spaced with plenty of road signs and markers, they are, at places, punctuated by potholes or broken into deep craters. So be a little careful while driving and do not attempt to speed through spots where the road is broken-you will get jolted out of your seat, to say nothing of the car’s suspension and may have a punctured tyre on your hands. Before heading over to Alwar, ensure that your car is fully-serviced and tyres properly inflated to protect from the potholes. Consider carrying a spare tyre.

Roads within Alwar are very well maintained and good to drive on. Also check for parking space for your vehicle at your hotel beforehand to avoid any last minute surprises. Keep in mind when you are driving around in the city to follow the traffic rules very carefully.

Cash


Alwar has plenty of ATM’s from where you can withdraw cash. So it would be advisable to carry just some minimal cash to get you started and withdraw as you need them. Also, carry plenty of cash in smaller denominations like INR 10, 20, 50 and 100, as you will need it here for travelling, shopping and eating.

General Guidelines


Each city has its own set of rules and regulations, set down by the government. It would be advisable to adhere to these to avoid any untoward incidents during your trip. For foreign nationals, Visa is a must to carry with you at all times. Save the emergency contact numbers, especially the contact number of your hotel, in your mobile phonebook.

Now you are all set for that relaxed vacation you have been day dreaming of. Don’t forget to bring home lots of souvenirs and pictures from your awesome trip.

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