I embrace the trappings of modernity, but am also enamored of architecture and sites that recall the past. It is pretty amazing and difficult to find sites like Neemrana Fort-palace in Rajasthan that was built in 1464. My good friend got married thereand it was a great chance to stay at the fort as well. While you have to endure a 3+ hour drive from Delhi to the fort, you will see so many interesting things (the drive itself is an adventure and we got in an accident on the way back – keep your eyes closed). We slowed down for camel traffic and saw the city melt away into the country side. Have patience during your drive and don’t be afraid of oncoming traffic (I would have a heart attack if I drove here!)
The fort itself has such beautiful character. The outdoor areas had such vibrant color without being too bold. Don’t you love the turquoise chairs? I also loved all the beautiful doorways – each one peeked into another corner of the fort.
I loved attending a wedding at the fort and getting to stay here. Keep in mind that the amenities aren’t super modern so the shower may take a little longer to warm up and you’ll have to remember to bring your large key around. There is a wide variety of rooms too so I’d recommend a splurge if you want a bit more space.
Service is great and there is always someone to help with a bag or offer a drink. There is a lot of staff around, but their English isn’t always great so keep that in mind.
The pricing really ranges – right now the rooms range from 2500 to 22000 Rps (or about $50-$440). If you’re with a group, get a suite for a lot less! Our room was on the lower-middle end of the range.
Be careful and wear comfortable shoes around the complex because there are a lot of stairs everywhere as well as a steep walk up from the front gate. Otherwise the restaurants were modern and the pool well maintained.
I hope you enjoyed my peek inside this fort palace!