Every now and then I crave to leave the city behind and head to some place nice and slow- to pack meaningful moments in the same twenty four hour day which seems much smaller here. Most of the times, such trips are unplanned ones spanning over a weekend. After all there is no such thing as a travel-leave. If only corporates understood wanderlust. Since that’s not a real life scenario, I am always looking for places I can cover over weekends without shouldering the guilt of faking illness for travel. Given that monsoons are round the corner, it’s perfect time to visit the nearby town of Neemrana in the desert state of Rajasthan. Even though a part of Rajasthan, it’s unbelievably green during the monsoon.
Situated just 122 km from Delhi, the ancient and now industrial town of Neemrana is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. A 16th century hill fort occupied by the Chauhans till 1947 is what the town is now famous for. The Chauhans are considered to be a direct lineage of Prithviraj Chauhan, the last Hindu king who ruled over Delhi. Neemrana Fort is one of the first palaces to be converted into a heritage hotel, way back in 1986. There are many interesting tales lurking around in the courtyards of the property, that date back to a bygone era.
I am sure there is much more to this heritage property than just the luxuries. Even though I was there for a day last year, I am longing to go back to the beautiful Neemrana Fort and unfold some more stories that await in its corridors. I didn’t get much time to dig up these old tales on my last visit there. Time to mend things 🙂
My last visit was half work- half pleasure, and that’s reason enough to make sure I get to indulge this time. Neemrana Fort offers great views of the Aravalis as well as the town, and I wish to just sit back, admire the views, read a book, try zip-lining, and chase peacocks this time.
Neemrana Fort Palace also has one of the most beautiful courtyards I have ever seen. Wouldn’t it be nice to just sit back here and stare at the city?
This pond full of lotus leaves was such a beauty but they hadn’t bloomed yet during my last visit. So that’s one more reason why a second visit is on my mind. I don’t just want to imagine how beautiful it would be, I want to see it.
Neemrana Fort Palace is a very interesting amalgamation of old and new. There’s a charm about it which makes Neemrana stand apart from other palace hotels in the country. Here, you get to experience the rustic life, culture and cuisines from Rajasthan specially curated for the guests. It’s like History itself unfolding it’s pages for you to have a look and take back an experience.
Last time, I had to rush back to the town in the evening, so my Neemrana escapade remains incomplete. But some weekend soon, that story will witness a happy ending when I’ll spend the evening in the Neemrana courtyard, sipping lemonade and listening to stories that went into making this the first heritage hotel of India. It must have been heartbreaking for the royal family, but then some things in life are inevitable.
My last shot, just before leaving for Delhi but my heart craving to stay back in the quiant little town of Neemrana to explore its narrow lanes and rich heritage.