It is a fort, palace, heritage hotel and a destination – all rolled into one!!…Its delightful in the winters , but so much more delightful and romantic in the monsoons!!
Since I got married two years back, I always wanted to visit this place with the husband on special occasions, but we were never able to get a booking at this fort, though we did visit two of the other lovely heritage properties (of the total 14) run by the neemrana group of hotels – the pataudi palace on our first marriage anniversary (see here) and the kesroli fort palace for our second valentine’s day (see here).
Last week, while in the middle of some very strenuous work session at office, it hit me that I needed a break!!..i called up the husband and put forward the suggestion, since he is on a summer holiday from office, he promptly agreed and I called the neemrana people to check, and voila they had rooms available for all the date options that I had thought of, I guess when luck strikes it really strikes!!!!…
So we opted for a weekend getaway, got up early morning and started off for the destination. Neemarana fort palace is in Rajasthan , around 130 kms from Delhi on the Delhi Jaipur highway (NH 8).The NH 8 road is one of the finest highways we have got in India, so the drive is always pretty enjoyable!!..We stopped at Mcdonalds drive in at Manesar for quick brunch and break and after a sweet photo op with Ronald mcdonald (who’s an old friend now, since I take pics with him everytime time I stop at this place!!), we hit the highways again.
The fort dates back to the 14th century (around 1464) and is built on 11 levels. It is situated on a shoe horse shaped hil, coz of which the fort looks out to multiple directions, which means its got great views!!…it had been built and refurbished from 14th to 19th century, which means the place has incorporated many architectural styles, from the rajput to the mughal.
After i was finished with my photgraphy, the husband suggested we hit the pool, since it was getting bit humid in the afternoon, so we did that!!…the place has two pools built on two levels and as we were about to hit the lower one (which was a bit crowded since big group with children and all were in it), the helpful staff took us to the higher level one, it was almost empty with just another couple, we were impressed with the hospitality!!!….
we lazed around in the pool, looking at the blue sky, then watching the monsoon clouds gather, ennjoying the jacuzzi ( which, again, the helpful staff suggested to us) and i also showed off my newly developed swimming skills to the husband :))
After the swim session, we had a seista , since we were now feeling tired. In the evening, there was high tea, accompanied with some lovely views.
Late evening, as the sun set, there was folk music and drinks on the terrace (one of the terraces actually) and a lovely view of the sun set..it was such an amazing experience, evry guest was mesmerised by the whole experience!!!…