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If Rajasthani sand speaks about the tales of friendship and brotherhood then it is also full of tales of betrayal and sibling rivalries. The Fort of Kankwari stands witness to one such bloody battle between the two sons of The Mughal Emperor Shahejahan. Dara Shukoh, Shahejahan's youngest son had used the Fort of Kankwari as his last hiding resort before fate caught up with him in the form of his brother Aurangzeb. This magnificent fort lies within the barriers of the Sanctuary around 25 Km from the entry point. The route to the fort is full of huge boulders and troughs throughout the way. The striking terrain of green landscapes and fertile meadows surrounding the fort create a pleasant welcome for the tourists.

The land of warriors cannot be spared by places of worship. The temples of Rajasthan are a class apart and the temple of Naldeshwar near Sariska is a masterpiece. The temple is located at some distance off the highway joining Sariska to Alwar. The temple itself has to be approached on foot after reaching the alighting point on the highway. The Naldeshwar shrine is dedicated to and houses an old Mahadev (Lord Shankar/ Shiva) temple. The shrine is surrounded by thick greenery and the walk to the shrine and the time spent in this pristine environment is worth every second spent. The thick forest cover, the 18th century temple and the peaceful natural habitat brings out the spiritual best from every visitor.

Continuing with the temple pilgrimage the Neelkanth Mahadeva temple town located in the vicinity of Tehla, is famous for accommodating ruins of more than 300 temples dedicated to the Hinduism and Jainism. These temples believed to be constructed between the 7th and the 12th centuries resemble the carvings of Khajuraho (Chandelas). The temples are an awe inspiring example of the artistic glory that prevailed in the area even a millennium ago. The idols, the temple yards and architecture have been so delicately crafted that the feat without use of any scientific instruments is unthinkable even today.

Jai Samand Lake (35 kms. from alwar):
Not only is Alwar blessed with green hills, it also has several beautiful lakes in its vicinity. The best time to visit them is, of course, the monsoon. The lake nearest to the city is the Jai Samand Lake, created in 1910 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Alwar as a picnic spot. He even built a large island in its midst that has lasted these 96 years. But the prettiest sight at the lake is the string of canopied pavilions lining the promenade. The Jai Samand Road is terrible and instead of testing the resilience of autos, hire a cab for a Jai Samand-Siliserh-Alwar round-trip (Rs 400) that shouldn't take more than 4-5 hrs. There is no accommodation at the lake.

Siliserh Lake (26 kms.):
The most famous and, no doubt, most beautiful of the lakes around Alwar was formed in 1845, during the reign of Maharao Raja Viney Singh, who dammed a tributary of the River Ruparel. The lake spreads over 10.5 sq km during monsoon, and is a marvellous sight with green hills around it and white clouds above.

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