When you begin your journey from New Delhi towards Jaipur, there used to be a sleepy town in between. Known as Neemrana, the town has transformed into a happening place for people who wish to get solace in the rustic environment, feel the flavour of Rajasthani grandeur, culture and cuisine, inexpensive piece of real estate etc. Situated at 122 kms from New Delhi, Jaipur is almost at equi-distance from there, at less than 150 kms. The town of Neemrana falls in the district of Alwar in Rajasthan and strategically situated on Delhi-Jaipur national Highway.
To reach Neemrana from air route New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is nearest airstrip which connected with road route can be accessible to Neemrana within two to two and a half hour. Jaipur Airport is the second option which is almost at a same distance.
The nearest railway station from Neemrana is Alwar. It is about 70 kms from the place and well connected with New Delhi, Bareilly, Ahemdabad, Jaipur and Ajmer.
Regular ordinary and luxury bus services from New Delhi, Alwar, Jaipur etc. are available almost all the time.
For travel enthusiasts, the Neemrana town is more known for Neemrana Fort Palace which began to construct in 1464 AD. The piece of royal grandeur is situated on a high hill into the inner walls of town. Established by Raja Dup Raj, the ancestor of legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the palace which was in ruins till the early 70’s has been converted and restored into a magnificient royal resort. The group which operates the hotel calls itself a non-hotel hotel concept because their properties including Neemrana were not meant to be developed as hotels.
The 2.5 hectare palace with six acre hanging garden has been beautifully transformed into 14 layers of seven palace wings. The restoration to glorify the bygone era is seen to be believed. Two swimming pools and an Ayurvedic spa add to the beauty of the palace.
The brain behind the grandiose resort Neemrana Fort Palace is Aman Nath, the youngest INTACH member and the avid historian-cum-researcher. He is equally a known writer on history, architecture and literature which reflect into the making of this great project.
Ramada Neemrana, Shiva Oasis Resort, Days Hotel, Kamachi Hotel and Golden Tulip Grand Hira have recently come up as the budget accommodation hotels in Neemrana. These can be booked for Rs. 2800 to Rs. 4600 per day.
Being marketed for a place of conferences, weddings, film shoots, social gatherings and ayurvedic sojourn, the royal monument reietrates the belief that luxury comes with a hefty price! The one night stay package tariff of Neemrana Palace Hotels Private Limited in Deva Mahal area for a family of seven is tagged at Rs. 26074. During seasons, better defined by the Hotel time to time, currently off season is from April to September (except weekends) the tariff can be enhanced to Rs. 31478. Selling the room stay with the tag line, “With a panorama of 700 years—from the 14th to the 21st Centuries”, the single person occupancy at Barsat Mahal with no frills may be available at Rs. 3725. The hotel also promotes itself a better destination for romantic Honeymoon package.
The bookings are made by the centralized Delhi Office which can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org or on landline number +91 9310 630386. They also operate from Mumbai, Benglaru, Chennai and Jaipur outlets.
Though breakfast is included in the tariff, lunch @ Rs. 1000 and dinner @ Rs. 1100 plus taxes are offered. Most Saturdays, there are cultural programmes for the privileged guests but to watch them dinner is mandatory which comes at the cost of Rs. 1600 and taxes. Non-resident guests without prior lunch bookings, are not allowed entry into the eating area, even if the Fort is not fully occupied. Weekday rate (Mon-Fri) is Rs. 1600 (9 am – 2.30 pm) & Weekend rate (Sat-Sun) is Rs. 1900 (12 noon – 2.30 pm). This Includes entry and lunch for one person.
The Fort Palace offers tastefully decorated six Duplex Deluxe Suites, 10 Deluxe Suites, three Grand Suites, two Duplex Suites, eight normal Suites, 10 Small Suites, six Grand Rooms, 28 Rooms, and one Tent which can sleep a total of 190 persons.
The resort offers Ayurvedic massages and rejuvenation programmes which ranges from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 plus taxes. There are two swimming pools and health Spa facilities. Table tennis and indoor games and a five km Vintage car ride around the Neemrana village for 3/4 residents guests @ Rs. 1200.
A Camel ride (for 1/2 people) and Camel Cart Ride (for 3/4 people) from the main gate to the step-well @ Rs. 500 and Rs. 750 are also offered. Free accommodation in the driver dormitory for guest chauffeurs is provided.
Travellers to Sariska Tiger wildlife sanctuary use Neemrana as an assembly point. They visit Kankwadi fort, nearby Neelkanth temple, Sillserh lake and Jat Mud Fort of Govindgarh. Neemrana is also famous for the hot springs of Talvriksh, Rajgarh, Machari and the monument of Tijara.
The Neemrana is also known for an Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) and Japanese Industrial Zone which have created a lot of employment opportunities and productive activites in the surroundings. Raffles University and a full fleged engineering college also dots the Neemrana which offers different mainstream and engineering courses to the aspiring youths.
The enterprising tourists plan their itinerary for attractions of Deeg Palace, Bharatpur Fort, its Keval Deo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, religious places of Mathura and grandeurs of Mughal aura of Agra.
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