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Located 13 km away from the city of Alwar is the pretty, placid and enchanting Siliserh Lake. The lake is spread over 10.5 square km when fully filled. The lake is scenically placed with Aravali hills forming a beautiful backdrop. The sight of the lake is so graceful that one would not mind spending hours on its lovely banks. It serves as an idyllic picnic spot and a favorite habitat to exotic varieties of migratory birds.
The history of this lake dates back to 1845 AD when the lake was built by the third ruler of Alwar, Maharaja Vinay Singh. The lake was built in honour of his wife, Queen Sheela by constructing an earthen dam between two hills to store the water of a small tributary of river Ruparel. A magnificent royal palace cum hunting lodge ‘Siliserh Palace’, was also built by Maharaja Vinay Singh overlooking the lake. The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
The lake is a fantastic tourist spot in Nov-Dec and in Feb-March. The attraction fades a little in the months from July-Sept as because of high humidity lots of insects are seen at the spot that may cause discomfort to tourists. Also, tourists are advised to check about the possibility of crocodiles in the lake from the local people although it is very rare.
Alwar is well known for its exquisite silver jewelry and Rajasthani handicrafts. Terracotta statues, carpets, embroidered leather mojris or Jutis, bangles, and pottery are some of the popular buys.
Siliserh Palace offers decent accommodation near the lake. One can also stay at Alwar, which has a number of decent hotels. Hotel Aravali, Hotel Meenal, Hotel Alwar and Hotel Inderlok are some of the hotels in Alwar. The ride from Alwar to Siliserh is beautiful and presents a great riding experience. To enjoy it, tourists need to take the diverted route for Sariska Forest Reserve just before Shahpura moving ahead on NH 8 instead of taking the diversion from Dharuhera. This route may be a little longer but is scenic.
Any necessary and relevant information about Siliserh can also be obtained from Tourist Information Bureau, Information Centre, Near Purjan Vihar Gardens, Alwar (Tel nos. 0144- 21868).
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