Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

A magnificent palace amidst lush greenery, Neemrana Fort Palace was built in 1464 in Neemrana, a town in Alwar district of Rajasthan and belonged to the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III of the Rajput Chauhan dynasty. The rulers defied the British and bowed to none even as their land was being given away to the neighbouring kingdoms. Strained with difficulties, in 1947, Raja Rajinder Singh of Neemrana left the palace as the façade had started crumbling and the ramparts started to crack, moving to Vijay Bagh.  In 1986 the historical ruins were acquired for restoration and in 2000, it had opened its doors with just 15 rooms. By 2008 it had completely restored resplendently and had metamorphosed into a 4-star luxurious heritage hotel with a fusion of traditional Rajasthani and modern interiors. It consists of 74 rooms and an additional wing which houses the two swimming pools and spa, hanging gardens with a salon, a restaurant with a roof-top garden, an amphitheatre and conference rooms.

Take a tour of the magnificent 11 tiered Neemrana Fort for a small fee and explore the charm of the old heritage. You can visit the fort or book a stay and feel like royalty whilst enjoying the luxuries of the palace.  Neemrana offers guests a camel ride and vintage car rides.

Adrenaline junkies can experience the thrill of zip lining from the Neemrana fort and being fascinated by the breathtaking view below. At 400 meters in length and 40km speed, it will cover around 5 different hills spanning the palace and will take around 2.5 hours to complete.

Around 126 kms away is the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Once upon a time, a hunting preservation of the Maharaja of Alwar, it is now a tiger reserve known for its Royal Bengal Tigers which were relocated from Ranthambore.  Apart from the glorious tigers, you can also witness other wildlife species such as nilgai, leopard jungle cat, hyena, rhesus monkey and birds such as kingfisher, grey partridge, crested serpent eagle, bush quail, woodpeckers, etc. The sanctuary has the largest population of peafowl and crocodiles. The sanctuary has a diverse landscape ranging from rocky hills to enchanting forests and lush grasslands and a must visit for nature enthusiasts.

Venture to the Bala Quila Fort which is located above the city palace on a hill of the Aravalli range. It was built in the 15 century by Hasan Khan Mewati and was later possessed by Marathas, Yadavas and Kachwaha Rajputs. The fort is a massive imposing structure stretching 5km long from north to south and 1.6 km width from east to west. It has 6 gates - Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol and Andheri Gate - and around 15 large and 51 small towers. 304 meters above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of Alwar. Rajasthan has more history than the entire country put together – it is the realm of erstwhile Maharajas and their lavish palaces and majestic forts.

The best time to visit Neemrana Fort is September to March. Though, it is pleasant throughout the year as it is set amidst greenery, the mercury dips during the winter season making it a more comfortable experience.

 

Location

15th Century, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana, Alwar, Rajasthan 301705

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Highlights

  1. Neemrana Fort is a resplendent palace and an architectural wonder with the most astounding hanging gardens perched on a hilltop overlooking the landscape that changes colours with the seasons.
  2. Thrill seekers can zip line from the fort and soak in the breathtaking marvelous view from above.
  3. Visit the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary for a scintillating experience of witnessing diverse species of animals and birds.
  4. The Bala Quila fort is a must to view the entire city of Alwar

 

Recommended For

A perfect weekend getaway and to explore a royal heritage in the regal state of Rajasthan.

 

How to get to Neemrana Fort

Air: The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi at a distance of 96 km. A cab can be hired from there to Neemrana Fort

Train: The nearest station is Alwar station and a short taxi ride from there to Neemrana

Road: Neemrana is situated on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway and is accessible via bus, taxi and car.

 

Interesting Facts About Neemrana Fort

  1. In 2000 Neemrana won the Intach-Satte award for restoration & tourism for ‘being the foremost example of how we can pick architectural treasures from the national dustbin and turn them around... Neemrana has become synonymous with ‘restoration for re-use.’ 
  2. In 2004, Neemrana was nominated for the Aga Khan Award. 
  3. Some of the movies shot at the fort are Major Saab, Dil Se and Phillauri
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