Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India, situated at 122 km from Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Behror tehsil. It is situated in between Behror and Shahjahanpur. Neemrana is an industrial hub. This area is also known as Ahirwal region and mini Japan in India. It is the site of a 16th-century hill-fort occupied by Chauhans till 1947. The erstwhile ruling family is considered to be of the direct lineage of Prithviraj Chauhan. Some distance from Neemrana is another fort, Kesroli in Alwar district, that is one of the oldest heritage sites.
Best time to visit Neemrana:
The best suited months to visit Neemrana are September to March when the weather is cool. The average temperature in this period starts off around 23 degrees and may go till 3 degrees in the peak winter time and back to 20s in February and March. The monsoon season is also decent for coming here.
Ways to reach Neemrana:
- By air –. The nearest airport is in Delhi. You have to take a cab from here. It will take around 3 hours to get to Neemrana.
- By train – The nearest railway station is in Rewari, which serves several super-fast trains to all major cities of India. Then again you will have to take a cab. You may get to take a bus as well but the bus service is not that frequent.
- By bus – All the buses from Delhi to Jaipur stop at Neemrana. There are also private buses running from various cities of Rajasthan to Neemrana.
- By road – You can get to Neemrana by road from Alwar in 1.5 hours, Jaipur in 2.5 hours, and 4.5 hours from Ajmer.
Places to stay in Neemrana:
Best hotels to stay in Neemrana are-
- Hotel Ashoka
- Shiva Oasis Resort
- Ramada Neemrana
- Grand Hira Resort
Prices range from 2000 to 30,000 per night based on the room you book.
Places to visit in Neemrana:
- Neemrana Fort Palace- This has been converted into a luxury hotel. The Rajasthani yet modern interiors are sure to leave you in awe. The paintings are gorgeous and so are the ceiling lights. It is also perfect for a destination wedding. There is a scrumptious meal that is served as part of the tour. You can enjoy zip lining as well at this fort.
- Baori- For a lazy afternoon, this place is perfect to chill or just wander around. There are many steps that you need to climb down to get to the main part. It’s cool down there and will be a solace to the otherwise dehydrated soul.
- City Palace- Known for its architecture and grandeur, this is yet another pick for all fort lovers. There’s also a museum of old manuscripts, war tools and other items that exhibit the Mughal Empire.
- Siliserh Lake- This is a gorgeous lake where you can spend hours just reminiscing the beauty, listening to birds and boating in the clean water.
- Sariska National Park- For all the animal lovers out there, this is a great opportunity to be close to nature. Kids and teenagers especially enjoy the educational tour around in the jungle safari. You can spot eagles, vultures and tigers here.
Festivals in Neemrana:
- Kite festival
- Brij Holi
- Camel Festival
Must eat foods in Neemrana:
From local dishes to international cuisines like Japanese, Mediterranean and Thai, you get everything you will ever crave for. Some top picks for restaurants are-
- Kuuraku at Kolila Sanga
- Ambrosia at Ramada
- The Breezers (for fast food)
- Hotel Tokas on NH-8
- Spice N Space ( for south Indian cuisine)
- Kathi junction Restaurant (indigenous Rajasthani food)
- Suzu Resto & Bar (Indian and Japanese cuisine)
Shopping and local markets in Neemrana:
You can buy candles, pottery, artwork, tea sets, accessories, clothes and bags with mirror work etc from the local markets here. Best places to shop are-
- Malakhera Bazaar
- Chudi Market
- Chamunda Jewellers
Tips for Neemrana:
- Stay hydrated. The scorching might make you feel fatigued.
- Trekking and zip lining are fun. Don’t miss them.
- Buy a Ghaghra choli set for sure. These pieces are fashion statements and can’t be missed.
- Be aware of pickpockets and chain snatchers.