Alwar was formerly the capital of the princely state of Ulwar which was ruled by Kachwaha (Naruka) Rajputs. It was formerly spelt as “Ulwar” in British India. This placed it in last position in alphabetically ordered lists, so a king changed the spelling to “Alwar” to bring it to the top.
The tourist attractions in and around Alwar include The Bhangarh Fort, deemed the most haunted palace in Asia, Bharthari Temple, Silisedh Lake and The Fairy Queen which is the oldest working locomotive engine in the world. One can take a luxury train ride between Delhi and Alwar with the Fairy Queen. Alwar also houses the Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Milk Cake, locally known as “Kalakand” is a very famous sweet preparation from Alwar. In days of yore it was sold in woven palm leaf baskets. It is a dessert like no other and is a must try.