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Neemrana Fort Palace

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The pond side open air dining area at Neemrana Fort hotel. We ate on the terrace near the far left of the photo.
We made a stop at the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) in Jaipur before heading out of town to our next stop, the Neemrana Fort Palace hotel, also a Heritage Hotel in India because it used to be a fort (of the palace sort) of yet another local kingdom in the state of Rajasthan (where Jaipur is). This place was in ruins until in 1986 it was restored and made into the oldest heritage hotel in India.

We arrived before noon, and had the rest of the day to explore the fort and relax. The first impression we got from one of the terraces overlooking the village below was that we could be somewhere in Europe. There were many nooks and terraces and tucked away places to have a nice cup of afternoon tea and chat with friends.
View of Neemrana Fort Palace amphitheature and conference wing on the far right.


After checking in, we had lunch on an open terrace, and then visited everyone else's room. The hotel being a converted palace has 40 unique rooms. Some larger than others, but all the ones we stayed in were large to very large. Two of our rooms were each on a floor of its own with private terraces and balconies! The decoration was eclectic to say the least. Ah, and the key to the room was for a padlock on the door.

We had a nap, then afternoon tea and chatted on the rooftop terrace until after the sun set. Dinner was on the open terrace a level above the lotus pond, where many other guests were enjoying candle-lit dinners of their own. The tempature was comfortably cool, the stars were visible clearly. We could hear the dogs bark in the village and hillside below, and also could see and hear pigs owned by the local natives. Pork was not on the usual Indian menu, but native people still raised pigs and ate pork.
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View of Neemrana Fort Palace amphi…
View of Neemrana Fort Palace amph…
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View of the entrance hall
View of the entrance hall
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another view of the entrance hall
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Neemrana fort palace
Neemrana fort palace terrace garden
Neemrana fort palace terrace garden
Neemrana fort palace terrace garden
Neemrana fort palace terrace garden
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