Viratnagar is about 86 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Shahpura-Alwar route. You have to turn for Viratnagar at Shahpura on Jaipur Delhi Highway.
But why Viratnagar? Who goes to Viratnagar? You might ask.
A little time invested in visiting the sights this town has to offer will pay rich dividends, you will see.
Viratnagar has been a witness to a lot of history being made. According to the excavations done around this town people have been living here since the prehistoric times.
Accorading to the Mahabharat,King Virat founded the city Viratnagar, and the Pandavs spent thirteen years of ‘Agyatvas’(exile) here. This is the city which saw much wheeling & dealing to broker peace to avoid the great war of Mahabharat. Ancient travelers have mentioned their visits to the city. The river Banganga flows near by, a fair is held here every year.
Beejak Ki Pahari
This serene site is in the lap of the Aravali mountain range. On a ridge under a rock shaped like a Cannon there is an ancient Hanuman temple.
And there are remains of a Budhist Monastry & a Budhist Stupa shrine from the Mauryan times. This site was found in work done in 1935-36. This is a protected site of ASI.
In recent development work done here a cement shelter has been built at the foot of the hillock.
Ganesh Mandir and the Local Museum. The museum has some relics of great importance and antiquity from the Ashokan period.
A stepwell on the way to Panch Malla Mahal badly in need of restoration.
Panch Mala Mahal. Raja Man Singh had this imposing structure made. Emperor Akbar used to stay here on his way to the Ajmer shrine.
I think he has seen a lot of tourists pass by this palace.
The paintings on the domes of the chatries of the palace.
Shri Shri 1008 Digambar Jain Nasiyan.
Shri Shri 1008 Digambar Jain Nasiyan, Mughal Gate,Viratnagar
Maybe the ghost who walks was here! This is his mark.
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These pictures are from the overnight visit Madhav, a cousin, and I took with our sons to Sariska Tiger Reserve & National Park & Alwar.
Sariska is some 110 km from Jaipur. We went on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway till Shahpura where we turned for Thana Gazi & The Fort View Camp. This camp site is managed by Club Mahindra. It is located quite near to the gate of the jungle.
On the way to Sariska,this is where we broke our journey to have some tea.
If for some reason the White House was located in Rajasthan I am sure the locals would have called it ‘Dholi Kothi’.
Fort View Camp at Thana Gazi
Fort View Camp,Thana Gazi,Sariska
This is the view of the dining hall from the reception area of the Fort View Camp Site.The food served in this picturesquely located dining hall was excellent.
View of the Fort of Thana Gazi from the Campsite.
The Location Map of the area.
This Machan faces a stepwell where wildlife comes to drink water. As Sariska Tigerlands were a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Alwar the Alwar Royals used to hunt wildlife from this Machan.
A badly needed drink at the stepwell facing the Machan.
Sambhar, the jungle guides call it the food of the tiger.
This is the Paw print of ST-1 ( Sariska Tiger No.1)
As we wanted to photograph the Cenotaph, Moosi Rani Ki Chatri, we drove on to Alwar.
The next generation.
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Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Mandir, Baleta
On the banks of the pond of village Baleta on a sandy knoll,this ancient temple of Hanuman ji is situated.The idol is only about one and a half foot high.It depicts Hanuman ji in his child image in the guise of a brahmin.He is standing with folded hands.
According to folk lore this Temple of Hanuman ji dates back to the time of foundation of the town of Baleta.The people decided on the child image of Hanuman Ji as he would be quick to please.
Every week on Mondays and Saturdays special pooja is done.People offer the deity paan, cloves and raisins as prasad.
This temple is 33 kms from Alwar.
If you are going from Jaipur, you will have to go till Shahpura on Jaipur-Delhi Highway from there you turn for Thana Gazi-Sariska-Alwar. About 20Km before Alwar you have to turn right for Baleta village. The route is thru villages and it is time consuming. So set aside a full day for the trip.
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About 80km from jaipur off Jaipur Agra Highway are the ruins of Bhangarh.The town was established in 1631 by Madho Singh ji younger brother of Raja Man Singh I who was a general of Emperor Akbar.Some people say that the towns blue prints were used to design Jaipur.
There is Someshwar Temple & Temple of Gopinath Ji.At the entrance of Bhangarh is a Temple of Hanuman Ji.The idol is about six feet tall.Every saturday and tuesday a large number of devotees throng the temple to offer their prayers.
According to folk lore the ruins are haunted by a tantrik’s curse.
The tantrik fell in love with the princess of Bhangarh and cast a spell on a bowl of oil she was to use.The princess sensed the spell and cast one of her own which mortally wounds the tantrik who curses the city before dying.
And the curse comes true when the city fights with Ajabgarh.Nobody survives.The city turns into ruins overnight.Even today nobody stays in the ruins after sunset.Even Archaeologiacl Survey of India’s office is situated 1 km away.If the locals build a house in the ruined city the roof of the house collapses.Only some temples and a water tank were spared.The ruins have been claimed by the monkeys and the bunyan trees.
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