NEEMARANA FORT PALACE Alwar
Constructed in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort is perhaps the oldest heritage resort in India. The fort has some beautiful suites furnished in an eclectic mixture of traditional Indian and colonial furnitures. The hanging gardens along its southern ramparts, add to the rugged beauty
Neemrana Fort Palace beautifully restored. The views are breathtaking and you can find yourself wandering around place all day long, seeing new and amazing things.
The rooms are quaint, but rustic and I will admit I did have some issues with getting hot water, but overall the stay was enjoyable. My kids had a great time exploring the fort and the food was amazing. I am Indian and would say I am kind of particular and must say that the food quality was great! So many choices and varieties!! I also enjoyed getting masala tea every morning delivered. It was a nice treat!
I would definately stay here again and would recommend this place to anyone. It was lovely.
Great Restored Fort Palace
Neemrana Fort Hotel is like a fantasy resort, just 2 and a half hours south of Delhi on the road to Jaipur. This restored 14th century fort has superbly decorated rooms, each with a different theme. This is one place where you really should splurge and opt for the higher-end rooms, which still cost only about $150 or so a night. Our favorites are the Badal Mahal (clouds theme), Sheesh Mahal (glass mirror theme), and the Malabar Mahal (Kerala theme). But, you can’t go wrong with others, like the Chandra Mahal (moon theme), Krishna Mahal, and Francisi Mahal. The views from the windows and balconies are panoramic, and you can see peacocks and parrots flying about. Check out our photos and you’ll see what we’re talking about. The spa is limited only to ayurvedic, so be prepared to slip and slide on a cold wooden slab, with pungent thick orange oil slathered all over you. Probably best visited during the cool season mid-November and early-March.
Froze our butts off
We froze. They said it was unusual but we got the impression it happens alot in January. This place is unique and special, but on arrival our room was like a fridge and the only way to warm it was with portable bar heaters. They took 2 days to warm the room and by then we were gone. The restaurant is really just a big cafeteria - uninspiring - but with very good food. The town has nothing to recommend it. In fact we were made to feel very uncomfortable by a Moslem gentleman (the only time this happened to us in India over 3 weeks). Getting around the Neemrana is tiring, endless stairs and U turns. Some of the rooms are palatial. The view is spoilt by the chronic air pollution. Finally, the front desk is a room where an unfriendly man cross examines you.. what a pity for such a charming and unique hotel.
Perfect place for a one night stay.
Most of the prior reviews are bang on...the hotel is spectacular...it's a huge sprawling maze of alleyways and stairs that connect different parts of the building. It was wonderful to explore and then go sit by the pool (beautiful views). The rooms are really interesting and unique with a somewhat 'old' feel to them...exactly what you should expect given the age of the fort.
Having said this, I agree the service is only 'OK' and they certainly could do a better job welcoming their guests. Dinner (buffet) was decent but breakfast was mediocre. And you definitely need to be reasonably fit because you really can't avoid doing a lot of walking, much of up and down stairs and steep ramps.
We stayed here on our second night in India...looking back it was a perfect place to ease into our trip since it's only an hour from Delhi...you could get a little exposure to India's wonderful historical architecture while recovering from jet lag (arrived from Canada) and working up the energy to tackle Jaipur. So one night at Neemrana was perfect but wouldn't recommend a second night.
Beautiful building, shame about the hotel...
We stayed here for two nights on the way back to Delhi. The building is breathtaking - absolutely amazing, the pool area is wonderful and rooms are great (for the price we paid). The only problem is really the hotel itself - staff were good at their jobs but surly and perfunctory. The hotel classes itself as luxury but really isn't and the food was seriously the worst we had in our entire trip. Moreover, there really isn't anywhere else local to eat so you have to eat the bland and expensive food. Overall, just an average stay. So, I really recommend visiting the building if you're passing through, but there are so many other beautiful places to stay with wonderful food and great people that it seems a waste to use your precious holiday nights on an experience that's just 'ok'.
We arrived to be given a less than satisfactory room - when we complained we were given a better room - We also had the misfortune to stay at the Hill Fort Kesroli 3 days previously and had just accepted the whole experience as maybe more like the real india we had up until then been shrouded by Oberoi and Taj hospitality.
The staff are increadibly sirly, the management arrogant and think nothing of shouting at staff in front of you. The hotel is run like a "Fawlty Towers" comedy.
The food was the worst we ate on out trip to India and the check-out long and exhausting (Couldn't find a credit card machine and when they did couldn't connect to the internet - all of which went on without any mention af an apology. The place could be the whole package - it certainly is visually stunning - it certainly needs a change of managment and staff. Would not return.
Puts the Incredible into "Incredible India"
My friend and I stayed at this hotel for two nights at the end of a fabulous trip to Rajastan. From the moment you lay eyes on this hotel, you know it will be a special experience. The hotel is a converted fort and palace and the owner has taken every effort to keep the original style while still affording the traveller with every modern luxury. The hotel is truly breathtaking and there is no need to leave, although we spent a very enjoyable morning in the village below. My only drawback, and this is trivial when rating the overall experience, is that the bathroom in our huge room was small and not very luxurious. The hotel staff were friendly, but not obsequious and service was efficient. In addition, each meal, drink and tea were provided at differnt spots in the hotel, making full use of space and giving the traveller different views. I can highly recomment this hotel to anyone who wants to feel and be treated like royalty in a place that takes you back in time.
Jaipur or Agra?
Agra, of course, has the Taj Mahal. Jaipur may not have beauty on this scale, but I've heard the shopping is superb.
Ideally, I'd like to do the Golden Triangle tour, but my time is limited to 3 days (out of Delhi). And I don't want to be travelling so much.
So where should I go?
RE: Jaipur or Agra?
You can go both places. Agra - day trip and Jaipur, the next 2 days.
RE: RE: Jaipur or Agra?
Yes, I agree, both cities are unmissble, and one full day's enough for Agra (Taj, fort, mosque and Imat ud Daula).
RE: RE: Jaipur or Agra?
Leaving Delhi, seeing the Taj Mahal and then driving to Jaipur--all in one day--is not too taxing?
How long is the drive from Agra to Jaipur? And from Jaipur to Delhi?
RE: RE: Jaipur or Agra?
Thanks for the advice, guys!
I'm back from Rajasthan!
We just came back from a week in Rajasthan. Instead of doing the Golden Triangle thing as you advised, we explored Jaipur for 4 days and chilled in Neemrana Fort Palace for 3 days.
We had absolutely no regrets--now, I firmly believe you cannot rush through Rajasthan, let alone India. It was wildly romantic, exotic and picturesque....As for the Taj Mahal, it'll just have to wait for our next trip.
But without guys like you in VT, I would not have found Rajasthanbycar. He was key to the success of our vacation. Because he was brought us around, we avoided those infamous rickshaw drivers and most (but not all) uber-entrepreneurial touts. He helped us plan our itinerary, telling us the best times to visit and photograph the sights.