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Delhi Weekend Trip: Alwar and Neemrana

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A November 2010 trip to Rajasthan by phileasfogg

City Palace and Museum Alwar Photo, Alwar, Rajasthan More Photos
Quote: In exotic Rajasthan, but only about 3 hours’ drive from Delhi is the town of Alwar, with an underrated museum and an intriguing fort. Combined with a trip to Neemrana – home to a fabulous fort-hotel – it makes for a good weekend trip from Delhi.

The Hill Fort Kesroli

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Hotel | "The Oldest Place to Stay in India"

The Hill Fort Kesroli Photo, Alwar, Rajasthan
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The Hill Fort at Kesroli has the distinction of being the oldest place you can stay in India: it dates back to the 14th century and was built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs who later went on to convert to Islam, becoming the Khanzada rulers of Alwar. While they ruled here, they built this seven-turreted fort, about 10 km from the town of Alwar. The fort was later conquered by other invaders, first the Mughals and then the Jats, before being retaken by the native Rajputs in 1775, when present-day Alwar was founded. Today, the fort is one of the ‘non-hotel’ properties of the Neemrana Group of Hotels, always preferred accommodation for us. So, since we’re visiting Alwar, there’s no two ways about it: we’ll st...Read More

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The Hill Fort Kesroli
Atop the Hornstone Breccia rocks, Village Kesroli
Alwar, Rajasthan
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City Palace and Museum Alwar

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Attraction | "An Astoundingly Good Collection in a Decrepit Museum"

City Palace and Museum Alwar Photo, Alwar, Rajasthan
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Alwar has been in existence for a long, long time: the Khanzada rulers, for instance, established their rule here during the 14th century. The present maharaja (only nominal) belongs to a dynasty founded in 1775 by Pratap Singh. Pratap Singh belonged to the Lalawat branch of the Naruka Rajputs, who claim descent from someone known as Bar Singh. One of Pratap Singh’s successors, Vinay Singh (1815-57) built the City Palace in Alwar.The City Palace is a little odd: it has the grandeur, the courtyards and balconies that you see in other Rajasthani palaces – but it also has the filth, the ugly smells and the crimson-brown stains of paan that mark most government offices in north and centra...Read More

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City Palace and Museum Alwar
City Palace, Collectorate Building
Alwar, India

Bala Quila (Alwar Fort Ruins)

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Attraction | "A Rare Pre-Mughal Fort "

Bala Quila (Alwar Fort Ruins) Photo, Alwar, Rajasthan
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Like any Rajasthan city worth its salt, Alwar too has its own fort. Alwar’s fort is called Bala Qila, and what remains of it stands atop a hill a few kilometres from the city. Bala Qila dates back to 1492, when it is supposed to have been built by a local ruler called Hassan Khan Mewati – its vintage makes Bala Qila one of the few forts in Rajasthan that predate the Mughals. Like Alwar itself, the fort was later tossed around between various invaders and occupiers, including the Jats and the Mughals. Among the Mughals, those who have stayed at Bala Qila include the first Mughal, Babar, and later his grandson, Akbar. Akbar’s son Salim (later the emperor Jahangir) was exiled here for three years. Bala Q...Read More

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Bala Quila (Alwar Fort Ruins)
300m above Alwar
Alwar, India

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel

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Hotel | "A Heritage Hotel Like None Other"

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel Photo, Rajasthan, India
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About 90 kilometres from Alwar and 122 km from Delhi, Neemrana forms one corner of a triangle. Since neither Alwar nor Neemrana have a huge list of must-sees, they can be easily combined into a rewarding weekend trip: one night and day at Alwar, one night and perhaps a few hours at Neemrana.The Neemrana Fort Palace is one of the dozens of forts that dot the desert state of Rajasthan. This one was built in 1464, and by the end of the 1900’s was in ruins. In the mid 1980’s, two partners, Nath and Wacziarg, bought it and ran a huge renovation project on it, converting it into the flagship hotel (or `non-hotel’ as they label their properties) of the Neemrana Hotels group. Today, they’ve added to the fo...Read More

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Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel
Village Neemrana
Rajasthan, India

Neemrana Baoli (Bawadi)

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Attraction | "One Step, Two Step... Down Eleven Levels"

Neemrana Baoli (Bawadi) Photo, Rajasthan, India
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Unlike Alwar, Neemrana is really only a village, not a town. So there are no fancy palaces that you can go visiting, outside of the fort. But if, like us, you’re the type who must see any sights in the vicinity, this is the one you should look for: the baoli.Baolis or step wells were once a common feature across the North Indian plains, especially in the desert state of Rajasthan and its neighbouring areas, including Delhi and Haryana. A baoli is invariably rectangular, and built in a series of stepped levels, with terraces usually separating the levels. The idea behind a baoli was that when the rains came, it would fill up to the highest level, so people who visi...Read More

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Neemrana Baoli (Bawadi)
Neemrana Village
Rajasthan, India