Neemrana Fort Palace

Neemrana fort palace offers a vibrant site for magical weekend getaways, feasts, celebrations, and is also an amazing option for the trending destination weddings.

This 15th century heritage hotel is among the most popular resorts near delhi for weekend breaks and is ideal to invent your own past at the dream site of history. Seven palace wings built over 14 layers tiered into a hill across 2.5 hectares/ 6 acres of garden-palace, make Neemrana Fort-Palace one of the most unique resorts near Delhi ! Hanging gardens, two pools to swim out to the horizon, an Ayurvedic spa, and India’s first zip-line is what the world comes to experience ! One stay here will get you started on the discovery of the best resorts near Delhi!

Neemrana Palace offers Double sharing rooms starting from Rs. 7k to huge Vilas upto Rs. 35k.
Donot miss on the Gala Dinner, as it was one of our best experience of royal candle light dinner. It will cost you an extra 1000 bucks per person, and will be worth every penny.

How to reach?
– Neemrana is a 2hrs drive from Delhi on the way to Jaipur. The roads are well connected.

*Did you know?
The song “kehna he kya” from DilSe was shot here.

 

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5 quick facts about Kanchenjunga (Sikkim):

1. It is the third highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft).

2. Kanchenjunga is the second highest mountain in Nepal after Mount Everest. And the highest mountain in India.

3. It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks. The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, food grain, and religious texts.

4. Some of the most famous views of Kangchenjunga are from the hill station of Darjeeling and Antu Dada of Illam, Nepal. The Darjeeling War Memorial is among the most visited places from which Kangchenjunga is observed. On a clear day it presents an image not so much of a mountain but of a white wall hanging from the sky.

5. The area around Kangchenjunga is said to be home to the “Kangchenjunga Demon”, a type of yeti or rakshasa. A British geological expedition in 1925 spotted a bipedal creature which they asked the locals about, who referred to it as the “Kangchenjunga Demon”

 

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5 things to do in Jaipur:

1. Amber Fort & Palace: Just act like a tourist and take an elephant ride, it will be much more fun. You can also catch the evening sound & light show.

2. City Palace: Perfect for your trip photoshoot with huge courtyard and gardens.

3. Hawa Mahal: You have to see this if you are in the pink city, astonishing architect.

4. Nahargarh Fort: From here you can overview the whole city at once, and can spend a beautiful evening in the fort cafeteria.

5. Hot Air Balloon: Last but most exciting. Yes, you can too experience the hot air balloon here in India. The excitement of flying over palaces, forts and lakes during the balloon safari in Jaipur is quite special.
For more details you can see: Skywaltz, Balloon Club of India and India International Hot Air Balloon.

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7 things you must carry while trekking:

1. Water & Food: Take a personal water bottle to avoid dehydration. Keep high on energy food, like Energy Chocolate Bars or Glucose Biscuits.

2. Clothing: While trekking the temperature may go up and down a lot of times in a day, so carry some extra clothes to keep you warm.

3. First Aid: A must carry with medicines for common injuries and illnesses. Scissors, cotton gauze, anti-septic cream, Sun blocks, cold creams, sun glasses and tissues must be included in the kit.

4. Torch with spare batteries: Usually the weather is unpredictable in trekking expeditions, so if it becomes dark and visibility diminishes, these devices come to rescue.

5. Insect Repellent and Sanitiser: Insects can be a terror while trekking and who likes germs.

6. Swiss Knife: A swiss knife or a simple small kit carrying matchbox, scissors, knife, tweezer, blade, a small rope etc.

7. Don’t forget your ID cards and enough cash

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Srinagar, Kashmir

Where to go?

Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir valley, on the banks on jhelum river. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats.

Where to stay?

– To stay in one of the house boats atleast one night is a must.
However choosing a boat can be a challenge, as there are more than 1000 boats.
Kindly check the location/view and facilities provided in the houseboat.
We recommend you the Gurkha houseboat. It has royal spacious rooms.
– Taj Vivanta is as dreamy as it could be. The tariff starts from Rs.15k per night.

When to go?

Summers and Spring are the best time to visit Srinagar as it is very pleasant.
Winters can be a bit too cold and also has problem of blockage of roads.
*One Warning, please read the news before you plan your trip, as there are alot of curfew because of local issues.

What to do?

The exquisite Dal Lake and Mughal Gardens will make you believe why it is called the heaven of earth.
– Boating in the Dal Lake
– A visit to the Mughal Gardens of Jammu & Kashmir
– Hazratbal Shrine, is a mosque situated on the left bank of Dal Lake and is considered Kashmir’s holiest Muslim Shrine
– Martand Sun Temple
– Parasailing above the Dal Lake
– Take a trip around Wular lake and Manasbal lake
– Shop the famous Kashmiri Handlooms

If you cannot afford to stay in The Taj Vivanta, go for a coffee may be. and enjoy the most beautiful sunset of your lifetime.

 

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Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Where we went?

Narkanda is located in Himachal Pradesh, 2hrs ahead of Shimla. And approximately 420kms i.e. 8-10hrs from the capital, New Delhi.

Where we stayed?

Seetalvan Orchard, is honestly the reason we went to Narkanda. The place is a home away from home.
The staff is very humble and simple pahari people. The food is great too, and I would personaly suggest you to request the cook to serve you with Pahari food atleast once while you stay.
It is actually situated in Kotgarh, which is almost 15-17kms ahead of Narkanda.
The roads are clean and safe, can be travelled mostly by car/local bus.

Tariff 6-7k per room per night.
http://www.seetalvanorchard.com/
For Bookings you can also call on 09805594069

When to go?

It is a place you can visit all through the year. It is covered with beautiful orchads in the spring season. In the months of March-April-May, you can see a magnificient view of valley covered with flowers and fruits all around you. But if you are a snow lover, you can also visit here in the months of Dec-Jan, that is exactly when we took the visit too. If only you should ignore visiting here, ignore the monsoons.

How to reach?

-By Train: You can board the Himalayan Queen from Delhi to Kalka and then a bus ahead to Narkanda. Cabs are also available at Kalka Railway Station.
-By Bus: There is no direct bus between New Delhi and Narkanda. You can take State Transport Bus from New Delhi to Nahan then take a taxi from Nahan to Narkanda
-By Car: Delhi- Ambala- Himalayan Expressway- Shimla- Kufri- Narkanda- Thandedar- Kotgarh.

What to do:

– Trekking: If adventour is your thing, visit the Hatu Peak. It has a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Range.
– St. Marys Church is a local heritage point
– Tani Jubbar is a small holy lake for seightseeing
– Saharan is a very old Indo-Tibetan temple

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Devico Cottage, Mohal- Beauty of Orchards

Before starting the story I would like to tell you that this trip was planned and booked in 2hrs. So I would like to say If you have a mate, It’s never too late. And Google is a blessing. After googling almost 25 destination and hotel option I finally came across this one.

Where?

Mohal is a small village in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest bus stop is Bhuntar. It is not a very known place and that is why it is so delightful. I went to this trip with my sister and we were looking for a place that can give us a break from the heat in Delhi and should also be safe. To our surprise we came across not even a single tourist at this place but only local village people who were sweet and helpful. It is a place where you can relax and read. Enjoy morning walk in the Orchard. Visit the village people and share a smile.

How to Reach?

– By Bus/Car: The Distance between Delhi to Bhuntar is 740kms drive by road. The bus takes around 10 hrs to 14hrs to complete this journey depending upon on the operator, type of bus, stoppage, and traffic conditions. Buses from Delhi to Bhunter are available from 4:30 to 10PM. Traveling can be comfortable and easy as there are many types of Buses available for Travelers such as HIMSUTRA (VOLVO/ISUZU), HIM Gaurav Tata AC, Non-AC Seater, Volvo AC Seater and SemiSleeper, Volvo AC Semisleeper. For Bookings, you can go through HRTC website or Makemytrip Private bus services.

– By Flight: There are direct flights to Bhuntar Airport. Mohal from airport is a 15-20mins drive.

Where to stay?

– We stayed in the Devico Cottages, with mesmerising valley view surrounded by Orchard farms all around it. Devico Cottages offer 2 cottage options: 1. Double occupancy cottage with living space, Fire place, Clean big washrooms and a sweet little open kitchen, 2. Family Cottage, with 2 huge bedrooms, living space, seperate washrooms and everything for your comfortable stay. Devico serves home cooked food as per your request. Abhinav Sikka, the owner is quiet a gentlemen. He will not only take care of everything you need but will also help you with Taxi and Bus bookings.
http://www.devicocottages.com/cottages.html
– Another option is the Apple Valley Resorts, it is located on the main road and has River Side view. We went here for Lunch on our last day, and I can say a dinner on its open restaurant is something you must have.

What to do?

– Nature Park: Is a well-maintained park on riverside. You can enjoy your evening tea or maggi here, watching little ones play in the park.
– Tirthan Valley: You can drive down to Tirthan valley for trout fishing, as it is only an hour’s drive. Tirthan Valley also has waterfalls and trek options like Jalori Pass.
– Jalori Pass: At an altitude of 3120 meters, and is known as the steepest to drive in Himachal separating Kullu valley and Shimla valley. When here, you can enjoy a meal at Shringi Vatika.
– Sarloskar Lake: is a lake 5kms from Jalori Pass, and can be visited if you manage your time well.

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Ramgarh, Uttrakhand

On a trip where i see a shooting star, is a trip I always remember.
Ramgarh is an angelic place for a quiet long weekend. I absolutely loved the simplicity of life at this place with not much hassel and busyness. But if you wish to wander around, Bhimtal and Nanital are at 1-2hrs drive.

Where to go?
Ramgarh is a small secluded hill station at the height of 1789m above sea level. It is situated in the kumaon region on the way to Mukteshwar in Nainital, Uttarakhand,India. It was once the cantonment of the English army. The hill station carries the legacy of some ancestral buildings, used as inspection bungalows and temporary stay palaces for officers, dating back to British colonial period. It is renowned for its orchards of apricot, plum, peaches and apples.

When to go?
Well Ramgarh is one of the all season kind of destination but you can avoid months of winters like Nov, Dec, and Jan.

How to reach?
– By Car: Delhi to Ramgarh is 292kms. It is a 6-8hours drive.
– By Bus: Buses are easily available from Delhi-Haldwani. A taxi can be hired for the way ahead.
– By Train: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to Ramgarh, at a distance of 45kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam to Ramgarh.
– By Air: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport, which is located about 76kms from Ramgarh. Taxis are easily available at the airport.

Where to stay?
Well Ramgarh has quiet alot of options, but I am going to mention the 2 where we stayed:
1. Cedar Lodge: An unobstructed view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from this place can be seen. We were flattered by the delicious food and service. Cedar Lodge has total of 7 rooms so it is advisable to make prior bookings.
2. Ramgarh Bungalow: is a delightful property by Neemrana group of Hotels. The property is divided into 6 parts: The Cliff House, Ashok Vatika, Writers Bungalow, Rose Cottage, Vista Villa and Old Bungalow.
If you are planning to go for a family vacation, we personally recommend the Cliff House. It has 2 rooms, living space and a balcony with the charming valley view.

What to see?
– Nathuakhan: is a clammed up point where you can enjoy nature walks, meditation and can relax in the beautiful gardens.
– Mukteshwar: got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar.
– Bhimtal: has the beautiful view of the lake with some fun activities like parasailing and Waterball.

 

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Neemrana Hill Fort, Kesroli Alwar

MONSOON SPECIAL

If you are staying in the capital and you feel this beautiful monsoon should not be wasted in the Delhi traffic. We tell you where to head on for an amazing weekend getaway with open farms and peacocks around you.

Where to go?

Neemrana Group of Hotels, preserves a historic look and feel to their properties that takes you back in time. It is at 3-4hrs drive from Delhi on NH8, the highway drive is smooth and clear, the last 1-2hrs drive from Bhiwadi onwards goes through villages of Alwar and has scenic view of farms and Aravali Hills but the speed-breakers can give you little pain.

The Hill Fort-Kesroli Alwar, is a 14th century fort and is claimed as one of the oldest heritage sites for stay. It is build on top of a small hill from where you can enjoy the view of wide spread farms all around you and no traffic to disturb. The horn-stone breccia rocks, small mughal gardens, vintage lamps and walkways makes you feel, living like the royal Mughals. It is perfect for a family and couple stay cation. The room tariff starts from 3k and goes upto 10k. Hill Fort has all kinds of room occupancy options from 1-4beds. We stayed in the Naruka Burj with 1 double and 2 single beds, the catch of this room is that it has a secret lawn attached to it from where you can enjoy a pleasant sunset or can have your little private party.

Activities at Hill Fort:

Bicycle rides
excursions can be arranged to Alwar,
Siloserh Lake
Sariska Bhartihari
Pandupol, Talvriksha.

PS : Don’t Forget to keep your walking shoes, swimsuits and hat.

When and How?

Monsoon is apparently the best time to go. But you can enjoy a weekend here at any time of the year except from summers, as it gets really hot.

You will have to drivedown to reach here as its not directly connected by bus/train.

We recommend you to make your reservations 10 days prior to avoid cancellations.

For tariff details, check the website:
http://the-hill-fort-kesroli.neemranahotels.com/

 

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