Day trip to Neemrana Fort in Rajasthan from Gurgaon

Neemrana Fort Palace in Rajasthan is just 2 hours drive from Gurugram (erstwhile Gurgaon) and on my last visit to Gurgaon I decided to visit this famous tourist destination. This fort turned heritage hotel was built in 1464. Neemrana Fort-Palace became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who had fled Delhi in 1192 after he was vanquished in battle by Muhammad Ghori. The royal affluence is evident in the restored ruins of this 15th century palace turned hotel. This is a small palace fort which has now been turned into a 72 rooms & suites tourist attraction. It is also open to walk in visitors who pay Rs 1600 on weekdays and Rs 1900 over the weekend for a palace tour cum lunch package.Many major flicks like Qila, Major Saab, Dil Se and more had been shot at The Neemrana Fort-Palace.Was it worth my time? Let’s find out.

Ruins of Neemrana Fort image via http://fort-palace.neemranahotels.com/

We started from Gurgaon around 9 am and reached the palace by 11 am. Upon reaching we bought tickets at the palace gate and went inside to see Neemrana Fort. Our ticket included entry and lunch per person. The fort has lot of steep climbing and stairs. So people who are unfit or disabled will not be able to access the hotel grounds. The fort is divided into sections where outsiders are not allowed. But still we got to see a large portion of the restored property. The management has retained the vintage vibe of the place and it refreshingly looks old and beaten. Moss laden walls, sooted chimneys, chipped wall paintings, old iron furniture in the garden, rocky stairs, give the hotel its raw appeal.

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The hotel has an Ayurvedic spa as well as an old amphitheater. The palace hotel is small comparatively and is surrounded by a village. You can get a birds eye view of its surroundings perched high on its jharokhas. If you are an adrenaline junkie then you can try zip-lining over the village and the fort giving you a much better view from the top. You can take a ride around the village seated in a vintage car for Rs 1000. Your visit can be as adventurous as you like or as peaceful as it can get here. Yes, its very peaceful around the fort.

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Neemrana Palace Fort

The Neemrana Fort Palace is full of natural light and breeze. It was pleasant walking around the open area in March afternoon. I am sure this will be good only on cooler days. My favourite part of the property was the Holi Kund. It is a beautiful setting with blue garden furniture adorns a small pond in the middle of a porch. The walls are naturally beautified with creepers and the plants and trees in the compound add to its natural beauty. View from Mukut Bagh and public area just at the entrance is great. You get a panoramic view of the village as well as the hotel from these points.

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Holi Kund

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Neemrana Fort Palace review, day trip to Neemrana fort

Raj Kund

We roamed around the palace and were done within an hour. By 12 pm we were sitting in the Mukut Bagh waiting for the restaurant Jalgiri Mahal to open. The restaurant opens by 12:30 pm and closes by 3:00 pm. Jalgiri Mahal is next to Raj Kund (swimming pool) and is a beautiful restaurant with vintage furniture and chandeliers. The staff is alert and helpful. Though, the food was average. The menu consisted of soups, main course and dessert (no starters). It had both popular Indian and Asian options. But the large scale cooking was definitely half hearted. Nothing tasted good or as it should taste. So I felt that the ticket is overpriced given the quality of food was not at par. The drinks and water were charged separately.

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Jalgiri Mahal restaurant

We finished our meal and left for Gurgaon by 2 pm. We were home by 4 pm. The drive was beautiful with mustard fields and paddy fields on the way. So to conclude, it is a good heritage hotel for one time visit but I felt it was over priced. They can do better in terms of adding bonus features in the ticket price like may be adding a cultural performance or showing a video about its history and how it was developed from the ruins into a beautiful hotel. They definitely need to improve the food quality.

Will I go there again? I think one visit was enough. But it was postcard pretty for sure.

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