With the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan in 1192 AD in the second battle of Tarain against Mohammad Ghori; the Chauhan clan fragmented and migrated south of Delhi to what is now Rajasthan. Various branches of the clan spread out to different areas, reestablishing their kingdoms of which notable towns are Bundi, Kota and Ranthambore. A branch which claims direct lineage to Prithviraj Chauhan settled in Mandhan (near Rewari) and later moved their capital to Neemrana after vanquishing a local chieftain by the name of Nimola Meo. They built a new fort in 1464 AD which stands today as the Neemrana fort palace.
Neemrana fort is flanked by the Aravallis on the three sides and is nestled on the hillside. The sprawling fort palace covers an area of 6 acres and is built over 14 levels. The original fort before renovation was smaller and few rare photos of the fort before renovation can be found here. As per the wiki entry of Neemrana Hotels, the fort fell into disuse after India's independence and was in ruins. It was bought in 1986 for INR 700,000 by Francis Wacziarg, a French diplomat, and Aman Nath, a specialist in the medieval Indian history. They restored the fort palace and converted it into a heritage hotel that was opened to the customers in 1991 - thus started the trend of Heritage Hotels in India!
It is worthwhile to experience the fort palace at least once, even though it has been modified to support modern living. It certainly makes sense to spend a few nights here to understand the lifestyle of the bygone days. The fort has several enchanting nooks and crannies, long winded paths along with magnificent courtyards that just appear.
My first visit to the fort palace was in October 2010 for a lunch outing. The photographs in this album are from that visit. A recent visit in October 2014 was again for a leisurely lunch and I am now convinced to spend more time in this beautiful edifice, especially after chancing upon some exquisite shots of this fort palace.