Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Stop Neemrana Fort

Neemrana Fort was built in the 15th century. It has recently been converted into a very nice heritage hotel (55 rooms) - part of a chain of hotels that specialize in restoring historical properties and converting them into hotel destinations. The hotel has beautiful rooms with antique furniture and artwork. Beautiful gardens and stonework are everywhere you turn. The fort has 10 levels to it.Of course we enjoyed tea and sweets at 5pm on one of the Fort's terraces. We had fun with the kids exploring the fort's maze of hallways, terraces and courtyards. There is a second site that is a 15 minute walk across the valley below. This underground structure was a summer bathing area for the royal women of Neemrana. The bathing plaza is built down into the earth probably 6-8 stories below the surface... amazing. The temperatures are very cool and comfortable there on a hot day.
We climbed to the top of the small mountain behind the fort. Amazing views are all around the valley. The countryside is beautiful and very different from the highly populated, urban areas of India. Neemrana is in northern Rajasthan and is only a 2 hour drive from where we live in Noida.


Heidi said...

This trip sounds great! I want to come and see the big cats. Meow.

It also looks like you have an ad deal with Vodofone, as you now have several picture of their ads o your site. ;)

David Hoster said...

Any reaction in India to Slumdog Millionaire's performance at the Academy Awards? Looked like a proud night for India over here.

Jennifer Zimmerman said...

I really want to see that camel when we come to India. I think I will like seeing the plain things more than the sights. Mark says, "don't do all the cool things before we get there.". Can't wait to see you guys. Keep taking cool trips. We miss you.

HouseBoy said...

Yes - most people here were very excited about Slum Dog's big night, although the irony is that the film was not well-received here at all. I think there is too much realism in the movie for the average Indian's taste. (my opinion). India loves escapist film - light and fun. They have enough "reality" surrounding them here every day.