Excursions Around Astroport
A Blend of Adventure & Astronomy with History & Mythology
Handpicked excursions based on your choice and past history
ABHANERI CHAND BAORI
“One of the Oldest & Mysterious Step Wells of India”
- Chand Baori is located at just 1 Hour drive from Astroport Sariska. It is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan and was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty in 9th century AD. One of the largest step wells in the world, Chand Baori was built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense heat. It was a common community gathering place for locals as well as royals. Chand Baori is an architectural wonder with 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps.
- Chand Baori is not easy to find, making it one of India’s hidden wonders. The play of light and shadow on the steps is what makes the structure so captivating. The Baori narrows as one gets closer to the bottom. A double flight of steps on three sides takes one to the surface of the water below. The fourth side is a three-storeyed pavilion with intricately carved Jharokhas (windows), galleries and balconies meant for the royal family to sit in.
- Started under the Project Tiger in 1979, Sariska wildlife sanctuary is one of the biggest crowd pullers in Rajasthan. Situated in the northern part of Aravali hills, one can feel the thrill and excitement of jungle safari here while exploring the irresistibly beautiful flora and fauna of the surroundings. Your luck may even bless you with a never before experience & a precious glance of tiger wandering like a king in the jungle.
- Mansarovar lake is a famous tourist destination spot. The view of the place is spectacular and is a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset along with an evening tea or coffee.
- This lake is situated just 3 kms from Astroport-Sariska.
- Mangalsar Dam is located near Shri Naugaja Bhagwan Shantinath Digambar Jain Temple in Alwar District, India.
- It is only 5 kms from Astroport-Sariska and takes approx. 25 mins to reach the Dam.
- Adventure enthusiasts will love the drive through thick forest, water streams and rough mountain terrain. It is a great picnic spot and people can enjoy the scenic beauty and play sports such as cricket and football here.
NEEL KANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE
- Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Neelkanth temple is located in the Rajgarh tehsil in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India.
- The temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison ‘Halahala’ that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The one with the blue throat.
- It is situated on an isolated hill near Sariska National Park and is approx. 55 mins drive from Astroport-Sariska.
- Famous as a haunted place, the Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort built in the Rajasthan state, India. It was built by Maan Singh I for his younger brother Madho Singh I.
- It was named by Madho Singh after his grandfather Bhan Singh. A new village of Bhangarh with a population of 1,306 in 200 households has developed outside the limits of the fort as there is fear of ghosts haunting the old city.
- The fort is located 33 kilometers from astroport.
- Pandupol is a tourist spot inside Sariska National Reserve. Pandupol was the ancient site where the strongest among the Pandavas, Bhima, vanquished the giant demon Hidimba and in return for this victory earned the hand of his sister, Hidimbi.
- This area is abundant in langurs, pea fowls, spur fowls, and ubiquitous tree pies. One should definitely visit this enchanting temple for its serenity and the delicious food served right outside the temple.
- Pandupol spot is 25 kilometers (18 min) from our astroport.
- On the way to Pandupol, Karnakabas Lake, Brahmnath, Kalighati Chauki and Bhaironghati are also there.
BIRD WATCHING AT SARISKA
- Area in & around Astroport-Sariska is home to a huge variety of birds. One can easily spot Sand Grouse, Golden Backed Woodpecker, White Breasted Kingfisher, Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Partridge, Tree Pies, Sun bird, Great Indian Horned Owl and many more.
- More varieties of birds can also be spotted inside Sariska Tiger Reserve.
NATURE WALK & TREKKING
- A guided village tour through the local farms and village trails provides a perfect opportunity to interact with the villagers and learn about their livelihoods.
- Areas around Astroport-Sariska also provide perfect avenues for trekking. The natural surroundings here will fill you with freshness and calmness that is hard to find in present day cities.
- A beautiful example of Rajasthani architecture, Bhatihari temple is situated in Alwar and is dedicated to one of the most famous spiritual leaders of Rajasthan, Yogi Bhartrihari Nath. Spiritual souls can find a mind relaxing dose of peace here.
- As this part displays a rural culture, one can taste the tradition of Rajasthan while taking a round in the area and capturing a completely different shade of life style in their cameras.
- The atmosphere you get here is a mingle of thrill, adventure and demand a daring soul. After all, you are here for a once in a lifetime experience. The countless bats flying around you is going to be an unusually exhilarating experience. Any Batman fans?
- Enjoy the cycling tours on the back roads of Aravali mountain ranges that go through Bhangarh, Ramgarh Lake and the historic city of Nyala.
- The whole track covers a distance of approx. 95 kms. The beautiful views mixed with adventure and fitness are a must for travelers here.
- A milestone creation of the 18th century, Tehla fort is situated in Tehla village near Alwar and is a paradise for history lovers. Being counted in one of the renowned names in mountain forts of Rajasthan, Tehla fort catches the attention of national, international tourists towards its beautiful Rajasthani architecture which preserves the elegance of royal culture in the beauty of its design and strong unshakable walls.
- Another example of Rajasthan’s valuable legacy, Alwar fort is situated in the lap of Aravalli hills range. Built in 15th century, this 5 km long, 1.5 km wide, fort has seen many memorable twists of history which makes it an interesting part of India’s versatile past. Situated just one and a half hours time from Sariska, Alwar fort is the crown and proud of Alwar district.
SILISERH LAKE & CROCODILE POINT
- Located 67 Kms away from Alwar, Siliresh lake is decidedly a breath taking place. Built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845, the lake was created to channel water to fulfill the needs of the people of Alwar city. Next comes the daring part as the lake is also a home to huge crocodiles, which are found resting on the banks of lake. To stay close to the beauty here, you can stay in the lake palace situated in the middle of this beautiful lake.
- Another sparkling attraction near Astroport is the Kankawari Fort, just 45 minutes far from Sariska. A beautiful mark of the Mughal rule in Rajasthan, Kankawari fort is flanked with hillocks and covered with lush green surroundings that are spread in the area to mesmerize the visitors. The dumpy route from the fort to astroport will be a pleasant treat for the adventure lovers.
- Situated around 48 kms away from Astroport, and 43 Kms away from Sariska, Pratapgarh fort is like another golden page in the history of Rajasthan. It is one of the celebrated hill forts of Rajasthan, which find its place in tourist’s memories with its magnetic beauty of Rajasthan style architecture and serene location sights.
- Another gem of Alwar is Naldeshwar Shrine which rests in the lap of the pristine greenery of nature. Basically devoted to Lord Shiva, Naldeshwar shrine is popular because of naturally formed Shiv Linga. Situated far from Sariska highway, you can enjoy the adventure of trekking in lush green surroundings and can quench your thirst in naturally made two ponds near the shrine. The never before experience here will mark this place in your memory forever.
- The Jaisamand Lake also known as Dhebar Lake is the second largest artificial lake in India. (The first being Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar). It was built in the 17th century when Rana Jai Singh of Udaipur built a marble dam across Gomti River. The beauty surrounding the lake transfers you to a different horizon. A place shouldn’t miss if you love peace.