Monday 7 April 2014

Aqueducts of Alwar

It's Monday morning-not the greatest start to the week. India lost in the T20 World cup final and I'm not too happy about it :( But the show must go on...I guess. Another post from my trip to Alwar... 

On the way from Alwar to Siliserh lake, on Rajasthan SH13 you will come across the remains of an arched aqueduct sitting proudly in a semi marshy area. Aqueducts were means by which water was supplied to ancient cites from sources hundreds of kilometers away. I remember seeing these structures during my travels in Europe. Imagine my surprise when I came across one on my way to Siliserh lake, Rajasthan! At first I was a little confused... I always imagined aqueducts to be associated to the Romans. But after a quick check on Google, I found that they were first constructed by the Egyptians, Greeks and in the sun-continent. In fact evidence of these sort of structures have been discovered in Hampi.

These arches are part of an aqueduct that was constructed by Rajputs to supply water from Siliserh lake to the city of Alwar. It's worth stopping your car to take in this amazing site and marvel at the ingenuity of its builders. As soon as I set eyes on it, I ordered the hubby to stop the car. No sooner did he do this, did I jump out with camera in hand and started happily clicking away. I was so taken by this relic of medieval times that still stood tall today, its sturdy stone arches reflected in the marshy water at its base.

If you're ever making your way to Siliserh lake, keep a lookout for this aqueduct!

[All images- Shalini Pereira]

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  1. I agree, it is wonderful to discover such forgotten (and usually neglected) relics of history! :)

    1. Absolutely Sunil ji... when I first saw them I wasn't sure if they were in fact aqueducts, but I was so thrilled once I did some googling to find that they were!


  2. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, It is awesome.


  3. Awesome post, thanks for sharing this post..


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