The Fort Palace Town: Neemrana, Rajasthan
The ancient town of Neemrana in Nothern Rajasthan is a lesser known, yet very good weekend gateway option from the national capital, New Delhi and also the state capital of Rajasthan. The town is well known for its 16th century hill fort.
Reaching Neemrana, from either New Delhi or Jaipur is not at all a task. If you are travelling from New Delhi or Jaipur then, there are plenty of government buses to choose from, as all buses which ply the New Delhi-Jaipur route have to stop at the Neemrana junction on the highway.
From the highway, one can take a shared rickshaw to the town which is at a distance of around 3 km. Neemrana is located around 122 km from New Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur. Once in the town, the best way of getting around the town is on foot since everything is within walking distance.
The star attraction in Neemrana is the fort-palace which was built in 1464 AD and is today among Indian’s oldest heritage resorts. The fort is located on a hillock and provides a view of the surrounding beauty and has got its name from a valiant local chieftain named Nimola Meo. During its glory days, the Chauhan capital was shifted from Mandhan to Neemrana after the town was established by Raja Dup Raj in 1467.
One big downside of visiting Neemrana is that one will need to pay ₹1200 to ₹1800 just to enter the fort. The cost includes a lunch buffet meal and the fort is open for non residents from 12 noon to 2:30 pm daily. So if money is not a constrain, the fort is worth visiting.
Neemrana has plenty of brick kins all over the place and if you have some time in hand, it is totally worth going and having a first hand look at how mud bricks are made. The workers in these brick kins are more than happy to show travellers around and take great pride in explaining the process.
There are a handful of handicraft shops also which sell the regular Rajasthani handwork shoes and clothes. These shops are located around the walls of the fort entrance.
Accommodation options in Neemrana are limited to one budget guest house for backpackers and the luxury heritage fort stay. Accommodation is limited but it is never an issue to get a room since the town is seldom visited by more than 50 travellers a day during peak season.
The food options are limited again to two extremes its either the local Rajasthani unlimited very affordable vegetarian Thali system or a meal at the fort. There are plenty of shops selling kachoris and other street food items.
The best time to visit Neemrana is during the winter months from November to mid-March. Neemrana is a place only worth visiting if one plans on staying or visiting the fort-palace. Nowadays, the Neemrana Fort is a leading heritage resort and is an ideal venue for destination weddings.
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