Somewhere around 1:10 pm, as we reached the reception desk, a gentleman name Mr. Manmohan greeted us with a smile and he made sure that all the paper work formality gets completed quickly . What fascinated me was the name of the rooms, each one of which was unique & well thought of . We were assisted to our Room,Meru Mahal, by another polite person, Mr.Malkhan Singh, who has been employed with the Neemrana Managment for more than 20 years and hence obviously knew every nook & corner of the fort.Though it was little uncomfortable because of scorching heat of the sun, but live commentary by Malkhan Singh ji about history associated with the Neemrana Fort made sure that we had a pleasant way up to our room.
Well let me introduce you all to the Palace a little .Neemrana Fort palace is a 15th century fort ,about 128 km from New Delhi (on Delhi-Jaipur Highway) which was owned by the his highness Raja Rajinder Singh Ji before it was acquired by Sh.Aman Nath ji around 1986.At the time of acquisition, the Fort was in a very bad shape with few portions of the fort almost in ruins (as can be seen in old photographs hung at Hawa Mahal besides other areas).While it is very common today to find a Royal Palace converted to a vintage hotel but to have this vision way back in 1986 is really commendable. The restoration work of the palace commenced immediately and eventually , Neemrana Fort Palace -The Vintage yet Luxury Hotel opened it’s door in 1991. Sh.Aman Nath Ji was later joined by Mr.Francis Wacziarg who then together went on to create Vintage luxuries all over India , under the name of their flagship venture – The Neemrana Hotels.
Without using any jugglery of words, lets straightaway take a pictorial ride of the beautiful Neemrana Fort Palace first, before I put down the nutshell review followed by the final verdict : (Read in the order- Title followed by the photographs )
1.That’s the enchanting view of the Neemrana Fort Palace which greets you right at the start.However, whether you like it or not , whatever you see in the photograph below is all newly constructed and was not the part of original Fort, even though every effort has been made to make sure that vintage feel is not lost even in the newly fabricated section. Here I would really like to appreciate the honesty with which the staff of Neemrana Fort Palace themselves inform all the tourists,very loud & clear, that which part is Original Royal legacy and which one is not, instead of hiding or pretending something.But hey don’t get disappointed , for not everything is new here .Watch out for next photograph