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.
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.