City PalaceCurrently Closed
- Address: Alwar Kachhehri, Moholla Ladiya, Alwar, Rajasthan- 301001, India
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 5 INR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture
The City Palace or the Vinay Vilas Mahal in Alwar is the perfect example of a combination of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. This stunning monument was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1793. It was the residence of the king.
This palace is a two storey building which is now taken up by many Government offices set up on the ground floor and the Alwar Museum on the floor above. This place is the most important landmark of Alwar which has now become shabby and is almost in ruins. The city palace still attracts people to its exquisite features such as:
- The model of a drinking cup cut out of a single, raw piece of emerald which is priceless.
- The beautiful lotus made of marble in the middle of the palace complex.
- The Vishnu temples on all sides.
- The exclusive mirror work on the walls and ceilings of the interior.
- 15 tall and 51 smaller towers overlooking the mountain slopes.
- 446 loopholes for musketry
- The gates known as Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol, Laxman Pol and Andheri Gate.
- The Moosi Maharani Chhatri, named after the wife of Raja Bhaktawar Singh. This is where she is said to have died by jumping into her husband’s pyre. Inside this place there are two marble feet strewn with flower petals, representing the feet of the King and Queen.
- The Museum on the top floor that houses several miniature paintings of the Alwar School, miniature writings, manuscripts in Persian, Hindi, Urdu and other languages.
- The most famous is the Bostan (the garden of spring), Waqiat-E-Babri (autobiography of Babur) and Gulistan (garden of roses). It also has weapons, ancient statues, sandalwood, jade and ivory objects. It also has a lovely silver table to serve the nobles of that time.
- The most beautiful feature of this palace is the largest Durbar Hall. This has a small room which is a showcase of marvelous frescos.
- Another fantastic spot is the women’s chamber which is also beautifully carved.
- There is a two-storey carriage on the right of the entrance which can carry more than 50 people in it and is said to have been carried by four elephants.
- The water lakes that are artificially built inside, has an uncommon pea-green colored water in it.
- The company garden, known as Purjan Vihar which is a popular picnic spot.
- There is the golden throne on a raised platform in the Durbar hall.
This palace is best described as the remaining of a golden era of beauty and grace of the ornate lifestyle of the Rajput Maharajas.
City Palace Travel Tips
- The museum is closed on Friday.
- The roads reaching the palace are not in a good state.
- It is better not to take a tourist guide here as they are not very useful.
- Entry into the Durbar Hall needs a permit from the present Maharaja.
Entrance Ticket Details For City Palace
- INR 50 per person for foreigners.
City Palace Hours
- The museum closes half an hour early to the time specified.
How to Reach City Palace
- The nearest airport is Delhi IGI.
- The nearest rail station is Alwar.
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53.08% of people who visit Alwar include City Palace in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
50% of people start their City Palace visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see City Palace
57.14% of people prefer walking in order to reach City Palace