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Neelkanth: An Architectural Marvel in the Wilderness
It is a cluster of 300 Hindu and Jain Temples that speak volumes about Indian architecture.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is in the Alwar region. It sits on a small plateau surrounded by hills and the walls of the Rajgarh Fort. A winding road on a rocky path leads to this temple complex. Dramatic views on the way make the journey as intriguing as the destination.
It is a cluster of more than 300 Hindu and Jain temples that were built between the 6th and 9th centuries. The main shrine is that of Neelkanth or Lord Shiva. The temple is an example of complex Indian art and architecture. The pillars in these temples have intricately carved mythological figures. The undamaged temple spire leaves the viewer spellbound. A little distance away is a Jain temple built using orange-red sandstone, with a gigantic statue of the 23rd Tirthankara (a Jain spiritual leader).
Legends say that the temples survived an attack from Aurangzeb because he was chased away by bees! The Archaeological Survey of India maintains these temples. Many historians feel that the complex deserves a UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
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Location: About 38 km from Sterling resort
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Sariska Forest: Unheard Stories of Wilderness3hrs
The jungles of Sariska, though a tiger reserve, are home to a variety of beasts, birds, plants and trees. You can spot numerous birds, rare ones too, as well as wild animals - big and small - in the jungle safari.
Bhangarh Fort: A Fort Haunted by a Magician's Curse3hrs
At Bhangarh Fort, watch the tale of a princess and the curse of a magician come to life. It is believed that the fort is still haunted.
Kalakand: For Those Sweet Cravings3hrs
The Kalakand of Alwar should be on everyone's must-try list. It is a popular milk sweet from the region.
Pandupol: Of Mythology and Nature3hrs
Mythology says that the Pandavas lived in Sariska during their exile. There is a story about Bhima's encounter with Hanuman.
Kankwari Fort: The Fort of Sariska Tiger Reserve3hrs
The remote Kankwari Fort located in the buffer zone of Sariska Tiger Reserve is where the Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh was once held captive.
Moosi Rani: The Grandeur Cenotaph of the Alwars3hrs
Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri is a memorial to Maharani Moosi's undying love for King Bakhtawar. A must-visit for those who appreciate the beauty of Rajput architecture.