An ideal weekend getaway, Siliserh Lake in Alwar district is about 3 hour drive from Delhi. Siliserh Lake is picturesquely set amidst the forested slopes of beautiful Aravali hills.
The reservoir was created by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1844 so that the water could be channeled to Alwar. Vinay Singh named this new lake Siliserh in honor of his queen Seela, and also built her a small white palace set high upon a rise overlooking the waters.
A beautiful spot like this is bound to have a story attached to it. Once when a later king of Alwar, Mangal Singh went hunting, he wandered into the nearby village of Kishanpur. There he fell in love with the beautiful Silika, daughter of the village chief. Mangal Singh and Silika were immersed in deep "conversation" when the girl's father came back. He was infuriated at the sight, and insisted that Mangal Singh marry his daughter. The king protested, but on a little more pressing he agreed. Rani Silika lived happily at the City palace of Alwar for some time. But after the death of her child at birth, she wanted to go back to her parents in Kishanpur. The king thus prepared the Siliserh Palace for his queen to live near her parents. Silika lived in Siliserh for a few months, but soon died of a broken heart!
View from balcony of the palace. The small island in the lake is now a communications tower.
Closer shot of the island in Siliserh lake.
Lake facing side of the Siliserh palace. Higher up there are two more floors of private suites.
From what used to be private dock of the palace, there now is a facility to hire rowing or motor boats for an excellent outing in the lake. The views of the surrounding Aravallis are superb!
Diagonally opposite to the palace on the other side of the lake is this beautiful private beach. Very serene and peaceful!
Distant shot of the Siliserh Palace from the lake.
On the steps of the island in the lake was this marvelous sunbathing croc! Swimming is prohibited in the lake for the same reason.
Going around the Siliserh lake palace, a different view!
Gray langurs, or the "Old World Monkeys" as they are called (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_langur) loiter around the approach road to the palace. They primarily look for giveaway foods generously thrown by the travelers.
Some more gray langurs by the side of the road to the palace.
Morning shot of the lake from the top of the palace.
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