Restored historic Fort and Palace. Even the loos have views!
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. Neemrana’s rulers, proud of lineage, continued to assert themselves, even under the British, as their kingdom suffered.
Eventually, Raja Rajinder Singh of Neemrana moved away to Vijay Bagh and the Fort-Palace crumbled and its ramparts began to give way. For forty years he tried to rid himself of his liability but there were no takers. Finally, in 1986, the ruins were acquired for restoration.
What was once designed to keep people out has been redesigned to welcome guests and Neemrana Fort-Palace opened as a heritage property in 1991.
With the nobility of its façade restored, what was once a grand ruin, now stands resplendent as the jewel in the Neemrana crown.
As a former palace there is no shortage of stylish rooms, with some doubles available for as little as £50 a night. Perfect for romance on a budget.
Restoration of a National Treasure
The ruins of the original property were acquired for restoration in 1986 and after 5 years of work, Neemrana Fort - Palace opened its doors with the nobility of its façade raised, and the first 15 rooms available to guests. In 2000 Neemrana won the Intach-Satte award for restoration & tourism and since then, Neemrana has become synonymous with ‘restoration for re-use.’
In 2004, Neemrana was nominated for the Aga Khan Award.
By 2008, Neemrana Fort-Palace was finally ready with 55 rooms/suites and rampart gardens. An additional wing now houses the pool and health spa, an amphitheatre, the hanging gardens with a salon, a restaurant with a roof-top garden and conference rooms and many special suites.
Neemrana Fort-Palace has seven palace wings built over 2.5 hectares/6 acres across twelve levels. There are 3 Duplex Deluxe Suites, 10 Deluxe Suites, 3 Grand Suites, 2 Duplex Suites, 6 Suites, 10 Small Suites, 4 Grand Rooms and 21 Rooms. The Uncha Bagh wing is situated on level six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve. The rooms are furnished with a mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and object art. Most rooms have private balconies or terraces.
Conference hall at Nazara Mahal - (35 seats), Darbar Mahal (45 seats), and Jalgiri Mahal (100 seats).
Restaurants - Breakfasts and Snacks - Raj Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Lunch & Dinner - Aam Khas, Panch Mahal, Amaltasse, Aranya Mahal, Holi Kund and Maha Burj
TV / Video Room and Indoor Games area
Neemrana has a variety of rooms with different views and decors. It has all the facilities of a modern 5-star resort, in a truly historic setting, allowing you to enjoy modern comforts while you relax in a reminder of a royal past.
Example rooms and suites:
Shringar Mahal (Beauty Palace) - Rs 4,000
This is a small, rooftop room near which the Maharanis once embellished themselves after bathing in an open-air bathroom. It offers interesting views from tiny windows and is ideal for young people with small budgets.
Krishna Mahal (Krishna's Palace) – Rs 10,000
Located in the Maharanis’ quarters on the top western edge of the Fort, Krishna Mahal is open on three sides: a balcony facing the sunset, a terrace over the hanging gardens to its south. It has a fountain court towards its entry and a pillared pavilion above for all-round views.
Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds) - Rs 14,000