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Vijaymandir Palace

The Palace Attraction

There are some interesting places you could visit if you travel a little away from the main township. Perhaps that is the reason why it is often said that Alwar's best attractions are outside the town. Vijay Mandir (1918) is a magnificent palace located 10km from Alwar. This elaborate 105-roomed palace with a well laid garden and a rippling lake in the foreground was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, supposedly along the lines of a ship. The eccentric Jai Singh had some good ideas after all.

But of course, if Jai Singh had given shape to something nice, his 'normal eccentricities' couldn't be far behind. It so happened that the maharaja had earlier commissioned another palace, Yashwant Niwas. It was an elegant Italianate one. Fastidious as he was, Jai Singh decided at once that he didn't like it, and built the Vijay Mandir. At least he was quick to make decisions!

Sita Ram Temple

Within the palace grounds is the Sita Ram Temple. Devotees throng to this temple during Ramnavami, an important festival of North India.

Nine Unknown Men

Nine Unknown Men are a two millennia-old secret society founded by the Indian Emperor Asoka.