Moosi Rani Ki Chharti, Alwar, Rajasthan

By Mridula Dwivedi January 29, 2013 12 Comments , ,

I recently visited Alwar in Rajasthan which is about 150 kilometers from Delhi. But as both of us are not a big fan of driving we took the Shatabdi Express from Gurgaon. Alwar is one and a half hour journey from Gurgaon by Shatabdi. I used to think that when we would start traveling with Chhavi we would become more organized. But true to our previous form we turned up at Alwar without any hotel reservation. We stayed at the Aravali Hotel quite close to the Railway Station in the end.

This was a very short trip we arrived at around 8.30 am on Friday and we were taking the 7.32 pm Shatabdi the next day. But it was a great trip nonetheless. We visited only two places the Siliserh Lake and the City Palace Complex. It was within the City Palace I saw Moosi Rani ki Chharti (Queen Moosi’s Cenotaph). And what a place it was!

Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Alwar, Rajasthan

Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Alwar, Rajasthan

The main structure is quite impressive. As the name suggests it is the memorial to the queen and king of Alwar, Bakhtawar Singh and Rani Moosi. Unfortunately the signpost doesn’t tell much beyond that it is a 19th century monument and that it is made of limestone and marble.

Interiors of the Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Alwar, Rajasthan

Interiors of the Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Alwar, Rajasthan

Not only the monument looks grand from the outside it has impressive interiors. To go to the main platform one is required to remove the shoes. And don’t go by my pictures, the place had a lot of people. Many people were merrily eating groundnuts and discarding the shells around. Locals also use it to play cricket. I am all for people and history interacting with each-other and for locals having the first claim to the monument but I am not sure such a place is best used as an informal cricket ground. The less I say about discarded groundnut shells the better it is.

The Water Tank at City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

The Water Tank at City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

Adjacent to the Moosi Rani ki Chhatri is this water tank and I flipped when I saw the reflections! I am not sure what was the purpose of this tank but it simply adds so much to the beautiful structures surrounding it. If I can let my imagination run wild this must have been the place where people liked to take a dip on hot summer days in the eighteenth century!

Reflections in the Water Tank, City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

Reflections in the Water Tank, City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

The place was such a magnet for photography but there was a counter balancing force- my daughter Chhavi. My husband was not feeling too well on this day and he stayed at the hotel. So it was only the two of us. I needed my third eye to keep a watch on Chhavi while taking pictures. She is a curious child and wanted to go down the steps to the water level. I took her there holding her hands tightly. But even after that, every time I put the camera to my eye, my third eye had to be active lest she went down towards the water on her own.

An Arch and a Reflection, City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

An Arch and a Reflection, City Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan

She didn’t do that at all but then I didn’t had a luxury to wait for the pigeons to fly and then take my pictures. I have to grant it to her that she was remarkably patient on this spot and would ask me, “ho gaya photo?” (are you done with your pictures). She also walked around with me the entire complex without ever telling me “mamma godi” (mamma carry me). It was only when we reached the Siliserh Lake that she would bang her head at my waist (that is how high she is at the moment) and say mamma mamma mamma to draw my attention!

Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Refletion in the Tank, Alwar, Rajasthan

Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, Refletion in the Tank, Alwar, Rajasthan

The place was so beautiful and yet in such a state of disrepair that I was simply taken aback. Once again don’t go by the pictures, they are selective in what they show. For example the tank is full of filth and I wonder why no one cares to keep it in a better shape. I am no history buff but even I was surprised that there were just two lines or so available as description about the cenotaph. And yet the place is so beautiful!

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12 thoughts on “Moosi Rani Ki Chharti, Alwar, Rajasthan”

  1. Beautiful, Mridula! you have really managed to cut out all the filth and the mess… havent been there, but can imagine it from your description as well as my own experiences elsewhere 😀 and chhavi must have had a nice time too.. else she would not have allowed you to click!

  2. I have been there a some time back, the whole place can be as good as Jaipur Amer but totally neglected, a lot of court cases are going on between govt and the former king, was the reason told to me for the neglect… Sad story

  3. What a fantastic place, I hope the problems preventing it from being properly maintained will be resolved. Would love to visit it.

  4. Inspite of all the filth, you managed to do a great job in bringing out the best. The framed shot with the reflection from the palace is my favorite. Wish you many more miles ahead!

  5. Thank you Lady Fi.

    Akash and we explored only some of it so do go and bring back more pictures.

    Anu yes I was happiest because Chhavi enjoyed and as she is growing she seems to be an easy traveler not much fuss ever!

    Thank you Shalu.

    Travelmonk that is all my lens allowed and thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated.

    Thanks Niranjan.

    Vishal it is a beautiful place and not too crowded as well, apart from the lake over the weekend.

    Sam and only if we maintained them better!

    Desi Traveler thank you for sharing this, I wish the case gets decided soon, I too thought it was way too stunning to be in such neglect.

    Qaminante I too hope so!

    Thank you Arnab and thank you for letting me know your favorite!

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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