Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort Palace is India’s oldest heritage resort. It is also Rajasthan’s closest palace from New Delhi, situated at 122 kms. on the Delhi-Jaipur highway – only 100 kms from Delhi’s international airport. Sited on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion-year-old Aravali ranges, Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed in battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom.
Introduction To Neemrana Fort
The property covers 25 acres/ 10 hectares and the stepped palaces of this architectural jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares. The palaces rise to 10 levels commanding the most splendid views.From 1986, the ruins of this Fort -Palace have been sensitively restored and reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objets d’art. Most rooms have private balconies or terraces and the loos are designed to have views.
How two decades of passionate revitalization of a rather formidable ruin has created a vibrant site for feasts, celebrations and conferences is what merited Neemrana Fort Palace a nomination for the Agha Khan Award. This is what the world comes to experience. Wander through its 2 hectares/ 6 acres of garden-palace, built over 12 layers tiered into the hill. Hanging gardens, two pools (one heated) to swim out to the horizon, an Ayurvedic spa that extends your personal youth, just as Neemrana extends your collective history into the future. It also offers India’s first zip lining course above the palace. It allows you to fly high in the sky along super-strong steel cables suspended between hilltops and battlements. Highly trained guides ensure your safety and supply you with entertaining commentary on the history, culture and ecology of Neemrana.
Facilities: Zipping, Hot Air Balloon Rides , health spa, 2 pools (one heated), cultural events, camel cart, step-wells.
Owners: Aman Nath and Francies Wacziarg