Neemrana Fort Palace,Neemrana, Alwar Apr 12-14, 2012
As we entered the Delhi-Jaipur highway (NH-8), it was Neemrana Fort Palace calling! About 120 km from Delhi, when we alighted on the narrow road to go to the Fort Palace, the very thought which came into mind was that lotus blooms in the mud! The approach road to the Fort is not that good as one would have dreamt of as the pictures of the Palace on the net evoked great expectations. The locals inhabit on both sides of the uneven bouncy surfaced steep road but once you reach to the doorsteps of the fort, the enormity prevails over your mind and soul. You feel being part of regal and majestic times of the golden past of royal highness. The fort palace is located on the Aravali Hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan overlooking the Neemrana city backdrop. As you start exploring the fort palace and the facilities it has, you only get amused to see the kind of effort and resources gone into bringing this once dilapidated fort to life and luxury for today’s mankind and generation ahead. The heritage is so well carried forward that it is hard to differentiate between old, renovated and newly built structures. The architecture and design evens out in every form and figure. The fort palace is like a game of maze too, there are so many entries, exits, turns, steps going up and down that it takes a little time to get used to finding your way in and out. Perhaps that’s the charm and mystery of being living in a mammoth fort!
The best part is that the rooms are not identified by any number but are given unique royal names to give you a feel that you are staying in your own private Palace. The ramparts of the palace offer an extraordinary view of the sunset, everyday. The fort has two large pools as well to relax and unwind. Splash in the pool while the skyline turns amber with the sunset is truly out of the world experience. The guest palace (rooms) has all the modern facilities that are well integrated with the heritage of the royal times. Good part is that none of the rooms have TV, so you have time for yourself and your loved ones and nothing else. Rooms are cozy, comfortable and private. The fort offers innumerable angles for photography lovers. One can take a walk around the fort from the top to bottom to see the architecture, artifacts, flowers and fauna.
Well, it is the night which brings the fort to a new avatar. The whole of the fort is illuminated in yellow flash lights that it seems as if you have come to a new fort, truly exceptional. The setting turns soothing, romantic and harmonious that you experience rejuvenation high. The effect is so magical, comforting and so real, especially with cool breeze engulfing the fort into mint fresh feel. The gala dinner on the open garden settings explodes your taste buds for more. As the darkness of the night progresses, flash light diffuses; the calm and curiosity sets in. The environs turns so peaceful that it allures one to just sit on chairs laid out on terraces under the open skies and chitchat for hours with your near and dear ones. It is really a wonderful experience in the darkness of the Aravali hill and in the comforts of the Palace. One can see the panoramic twinkling of the Neemrana city lights as if stars have descended down. It is an amazing view to etch on your memory for long.
The morning is special too. No need of any clock alarm but it will be melodious Peacock calls which will awake you. The peacocks are dancing on the fort terraces and around jungles in the morning freshness. Their multicolored tail spread out dispersing happiness and joy to the admiration of us the mankind. Adventure sports lover have the speed ropeway running through palace skyline offering a fantastic view of the Fort from high in the sky. The food is great, wide assortment with elaborate buffet arrangements for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff is welcoming, courteous, prompt and service oriented. Hygiene, cleanliness and generous hospitality are unbelievable.
Overall, Neemrana Fort Palace is majestic, King size everything royal. Heritage carried so well and nicely integrated with modernity! It was great to be here, Neemrana rocks!
-a travelogue by Anil Bisht
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Over the last three decades, the ‘Neemrana’ of the stunningly restored 15th century Fort-Palace, has come to mean many things. For architects it is a unique example of utter waste turned into a 14-tiered marvel with palace wings, courts and stepped gardens, felicitated with national and international awards. For guests, it means discovering over five centuries of history experienced with modern comforts. Only 100 kms from Delhi, just off the main highway NH8 to Jaipur, Neemrana Fort-Palace is a favourite site for celebrations, feasts, conferences, a quiet retreat for yoga and relaxation or India’s first site where you can indulge in five thrilling zip-line tracks that literally fly you in the sky. Built since 1464 CE, on a plateau of the two billion year old Aravalli ranges, this 14-tiered property sprawls across 10 green hectares / 25 acres. For guests, this offers 72 rooms / suites, 3 conference halls (Jazam, Qanat & Kasturi), hanging gardens, arched pavilions and balconies. The upper levels of the northern wing of the Fort-Palace can now be accessed from the car park by a 110 feet high lift which leads by the Saat Bagh to a second box lift. This architectural wonder can now also be enjoyed by the elderly and the less-abled who can be shown the upper parts carried on a palanquin chair by four able men ! Neemrana Fort-Palace has two spectacular pools that lean out to the sun. The upper pool is heated in the winter months to take the enjoyment of sunsets to another level. An intimate play area for young toddlers & the adjacent Neemrana eco-farm have been added recently so that you consume healthy organic food. Try our Maha Burj gold-platter thali for Rajasthani cuisine, or the buffet with a variety of cuisines that suits many palates. Wander the 2.4 hectares/6 acres of Palace with a self-guided multimedia tour. Ride a camel/camel cart or a vintage car. Walk out to the 16th century step well which descends 7 floors into the earth. Feel a new Indian high. To have you here is to share our life’s vision of how ruins can revitalise a whole region. Neemrana not only strive to revive and restore the heritage structure but it also generates jobs and economic opportunities hiring and consuming locally. It is no wonder that Neemrana has been listed in the 100 things you must do on the planet Earth before its time for you to leave it ! But when this list was made, only one Neemrana existed – now there are 23 ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neemrana Fort-Palace Hotel Alwar
- Neemrana Fort Palace Rajasthan
- Neemrana Fort-Palace Alwar, Rajasthan