Rajasthan Travel Guide

Alwar History

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Alwar is a small district in Rajasthan and is also a nice tourist destination. The city is known for its rich history as it is an older city which dates back to the 1000 AD and that is why the rulers of the city also belonged to the 11th century. The city has many attractions including the haunted Bhangarh Fort and this is one of the major tourist places in Alwar city.

Apart from that the city has many tourist attractions such as the Sariska Tiger Reserve Hanuman temple, Neelkantheshwar temple, and many more. The city is also a great place to enjoy shopping in Alwar and enjoy the various other cuisines of Rajasthan. So apart from watching the ancient Alwar history through the palaces and forts, the city is worth a visit for its flora and fauna too.

History of Alwar City

Alwar is indeed one of the historic destinations of Rajasthan which is decorated with fine examples of ancient times presenting the rich and royal history of the country. The city is considered as one of the oldest cities of India and which is known since 1000 A.D and was a part of the Matsya kingdom.

In the beginning, the Kin of Amer ruled the city during the era of the 11th century and he extended his kingdom to include the city of Alwar, Rajasthan. Later on, the rulers of the city were ruled by different sub-clans of Rajputs such as Nikumbh Rajputs, Yaduvanshi Rajputs, Badgujar Rajputs, and the city was under the reign of the was Naruka or the Kachwaha Rajputs in the last phase.

The Different Rulers of Alwar

The Alwar city is said to be founded by Maharaja Jai Singh of Amer and the city was named as Alpur, which changed with the time and lastly it was settled as Alwar. After that, the city was first ruled by Maharaja Kakil during the 11th Century.

The city of Alwar was also ruled by the Marathas and the Jats but a brave Kachwaha ruler named Pratap Singh took over the control of the city and ruled for many years making it a prominent place of Rajasthan.

Pratap Singh was the ‘Jagirdar’ of a small village and later on he left the city to his, successor Bakhtawar Singh who volunteered an armed movement to the neighboring city of Jaipur, which is known as the senior Kachwaha state to keep the reign of his ancestor.

While Bakhtawar Singh was defeated; a fresh commitment was made by the East India Company with him, keeping him out from any kind of political interference with other states without British consent.

The Kachwahas

The Kachwaha Rajputs were known as the ancestors of Lord Rama as they are the lineages of Kush who was the son of Lord Rama. So the name of the Kushwaha or Kachwaha came from Kush and they claimed themselves as a part of the Rajput clan.

The rulers have claimed themselves as Suryavanshi and they are the traditionally classified as a farming community and considered to be of the branded Shudravarnain the Vedas. This caste was defied during the later periods of British reign in India, even though various other castes had made claims to get a higher status before the British government.

Alwar palace Tank

Alwar palace Tank

Alwar palace Tank by Carlton Browne

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