Neemrana Fort Palace
Built since 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India's oldest heritage resorts. Neemrana became the third capital of the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, who was killed in battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192 AD. This picturesque site was chosen by Raja Rajdeo and Neemrana derived its name from a brave local chieftain Nimola Meo, who when defeated by the Chauhans, pleaded that his name be given to his lost kingdom.
It is Rajasthan's closest palace from New Delhi, situated at 122 kms. on the Delhi-Jaipur highway - only 100 kms from Delhi's international airport. Sited on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion year old Aravalli ranges.
The property covers 25 acres/10 hectares and the stepped palaces of this architectural jewel cut into the hillside to sprawl over 3 acres/1.2 hectares and rises to 10 levels commanding the most splendid views. Including a vista pool to the horizon. From 1986, the ruins of this Fort-Palace have been sensitively restored and reconstructed. The rooms are furnished with an
eclectic mix of traditional Indian and colonial furniture, antiques and objets d'art. Most rooms have private balconies or terraces and the loos are designed to have views!
A garden home in Malleswaram, once the vegetarian-Brahmin stronghold of Bangalore. The name Pottipati derives from a village in Andhra Pradesh from where its owners, the Reddy family, originally migrated here.
Among the bustle of glass and concrete towers, relish pastoral charm, under a giant Shivalinga tree, Gulmohars, Jacarandas and Jack Fruit trees with parterres full of crotons and seasonal flowers. The intimacy of old-world-rooms , a granite pillared lounge with a skylight, with basic business hotel facilities and a small conference room.
When you stay at Villa Pottipati you join Bangalore's fight to retain its magnificent heritage structures by making restoration a viable, self-sustainable tourism activity.
Hill Fort Kesroli
The 14th century Hill-Fort, Kesroli is the oldest heritage site in India where you can stay. Sited atop the rare, dark Hornstone Breccia rocks, it commands splendid agrarian views from its ramparts which rise to 50-65 meters/ 150-200 feet. Kesroli makes an ideal base to visit the neighbouring palaces, museums and sanctuaries of Alwar & Sariska.
The origins of the seven-turreted Hill-Fort Kesroli are traced back to over six centuries. It is reputed to have been built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs, descendants of Lord Krishna, who converted to Islam in the mid-14th century to be called Khanzadas.
It subsequently changed hands, being conquered by the Mughals and the Jats before reverting to the Rajputs in 1775 when the princely state of Alwar was founded. It saw its golden period under the Ranawat Thakur Bhawani Singh (1882-1934), renowned for his equestrian skills.
Located in the heart of the 'golden triangle'. Kesroli is almost equidistant from the tourist sites of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It makes an ideal base to visit the Sariska tiger sanctuary, Kankwadi fort, Neelkanth Temples, Pandupol, the monuments of Tijara, Siliserh Lake, Jaisamand Lake,Bhangarh-Ajabgarh, the hot springs in Talvriksh, Rajgarh, Machari, Viratnagar, Deeg, the sanctuary in Bharatpur, the Jat mud fort of Govindgarh,the ancient city of Mathura and its renowned museum.
Hotel De L'Orient
When a comptoir of les Indes caught the imagination of the whole Occident. When the Orientalists painted picturesque landscapes and portraits of a colourful people as yet uncaptured by the camera.
Some marvellous architecture arose on the French coastline of Pondichery. Today, one such mansion
reopens, restored with furniture, art and comforts unknown to the 18th century. Sail the river of time. Flow back to a graceful era when Punkhawallas gently fanned the air and Tamil spices mixed with French restraint to give you the renowned Creole cuisine.
You can indulge in local sight-seeing, visit to nearby temples, Sacred Heart church, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Heritage walks, boating, camp fire, swimming, roman treasure trail trip to Arikamedu , Sea cruise, trekking (on extra cost).
Or take time out for an excursion to Gingy Fort, Auroville and a visit of the Matri Mandir.
Verandah In The Forest
Raised like a dream in the Sahyadri ranges - a new path in the forest clears up in Matheran, the last British hill station. Chug up in a toy train or walk, trot, dandi in palanquins past the gigantic mansions built by the British, the Parsis, and the Bohras - for Matheran is Asia's only pedestrian hill resort.
Lounge like never before in a verandah of your dreams. Read under the highest domestic ceiling you would have known. Stroll down to Charlotte Lake. Relish the local cuisines. Find space for more space in your mind. 19th century peace now returns for Mumbai's residents again as they will lose themselves to find themselves anew.
While there visit the nearby Chardlotte lake, go for long walks, trekking and to view points.
Glasshouse On The Ganges
The Glasshouse on the Ganges honours both an extraordinary historical site as well as a magical natural spot. Set in a lychees and mango orchard of The Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal, with a garden of tropical plants, full of rare birds and butterflies, it has a sand beach of its own. This secluded property has six cottages overlooking the Ganges and the mountains beyond. Its private spring
water matches the qualities of the best mineral waters in the world, which you can bathe in! The Glasshouse offers leisure, reading, log fires and even a barbecue near the banks of the river.
The Glasshouse is located 23 kms. above Rishikesh on the route to Badrinath.
You can sunbathe, jungle walk, river raft and can fish with a permit. Water skiing in Dak Pathar near Dehradun and winter sports in Auli are recommended. Or you can visit the neighbouring temples and ashrams for evening arti.
The Tower House, is one of the few hotels in Fort Kochi that sits facing the Chinese fishing nets, marking the spot of a 17th century light house and hence the name. The scallop-walled twin-house looks rather like a ship and is a great option if you are looking for unique budget hotels in Cochin rather than a homestay in Cochin. The revitalization of this 17th century building to one of the heritage hotels in Fort Kochi by Neemrana involved adherence to the values of being honest to the time we live in while respecting the past. Discover the old world charm where, sailors, travellers, traders, planters feasted and danced under chandeliers, suspended from high wooden ceilings. Only a few budget hotels in Cochin offer reasonable room rates and the same warmth of a homestay in Cochin.
This was the home of Seth Piramal Chaturbhuj Makharia (1892-1958) whose fortune was made in Bombay, trading in cotton, opium, silver and other commodities. Built in the Rajasthani-colonial style of the 1920's, The Piramal Haveli is an 8-room 'non-hotel.' It is 250 kms from Delhi and 100 kms from Neemrana and is run by the same management.
Here, the famed traditional vegetarian cuisine of the Marwaris is served in thalis. Dinners on the sand dunes can also be arranged at a prior notice, for a minimum of 6 guests.The region of Shekhavati, where The Piramal Haveli is located, was made into an independent kingdom in 1471 by Rao Shekha (1433-1488), till 1738, when it reverted back to the Jaipur State. The Haveli has traditional courtyards enclosed by colonial pillared corridors. Frescoes of flying angels and gods in motor cars adorn the walls.
In the foothills of the Himalayas, The Old Bungalow- 1830, and The Writers' Bungalow -1860, are located in the fruit basket of the Kumaon region. These heritage structures once housed the British and Indian officers as well as their wives who travelled on horseback and palanquins.
Many writers and thinkers have been drawn to the beauty of Ramgarh: Sri Aurobindo and Narain Swami established ashrams, Rabindranath Tagore wrote some of his major work-even contemplating founding Shantiniketan here; Mahadevi Verma made it her home and some of India's leading industrial families continue to have sprawling orchards. From May to September the orchards by the Writers' and Old Bungalows hang with Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Pears and Apples.
Green Hills Estate
The Green Hills Estate was the residence of the Diwans of Rajas of the Coorg in the South-West Karnataka. IT was built in 1898 by Apparanda Rao Bhadur Chengappa. He was the son of the Diwan Bopanna.
Designed by Swiss architect this grand mansion sits on the raised clearing in the rainforest, among a hundred acres of coffe and cardamon plantations, paddy feilds and the pepper vines. Its skyline is silhouetted with areca and coconut plams, wild mango, rosewood & a large Burmese mahogany tree. It suites are named after prize winning horses with Chengappa, its current owner, raced on the courses of Banglore and Madras.
Driving to the Green Hills Estate takes one across the Cauvery river- which flows five kilometres from the property - past rolling coffe and rubber plantations and forests full of giant bamboo clumps. The neighbouring Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary remains the best preserved habitat of the Asian elephant, the tiger, the spotted deer and the bison.
The interiors are reminiscent of the planters' bungalows with lazy furniture and rosewood panelled walls. The stately mansion of Green Hills is full of memorabilia of he ancestor-worshipping family who still inhabits the estate: silver & animal trophies, photographs and books.
NOTE: This property has been disontinued under the Neemrana Heritage Break Gift Pack and is only available for direct bookings.
Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin is probably Asia's oldest colonial house- dating back to 1506. Just adjacent to St. Francis Church, it is reputed to have housed Vasco da Gama and the Saint. After 150 years as the Protuguese Governer's home, it was one of the rare houses not to be destroyed when Dutch took Fort Cochin. It housed the Dutch Governors for century and a half till Ian vas Spall sold it to the British in 1795, who in turn, passed it to J.Thomas, the legendary English trader of tea.
These five captive centuries of history, have been lovingly restored and a veritable living museum. Art treasures from the colonial past now revive a scent of that era, making it a 'club' for discerning travellers.
Rides with Le Colonial you on high sea galleons to the days of adventures, governors and sultans. Have a true Neemrana 'non-hotel' Hotel experience.
History has it that in the late 1500 AD important Mughals camped in this 'char bagh' with a stunning chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion) at its heart. This shielded the women in its underground chamber during the summer. Later, as the conquering Maratha army marched towards Delhi, the Jadhavs took possession of this natural water catchment area. Sardar Deorao Bhausaheb Jadhav and his son Sardar Krishnarao Deorao Jadhav used this 'bagh' as a summer house with the ladies' section in Deo Bagh and the mens' section in Jai Vihar, the family's current home.
The garden complex houses the most exquisite family temples, a 'hathi khana' for elephants, stables and cenotaphs. Important Gwalior State meetings, especially against the British - when the valiant Rani of Jhansi fought from the fort rampart close by, were held here during that time.
After India's independence, this has been the home of Sardar Deorao Krishnarao Jadhav, his son Sardar Dhananjayrao Deorao Jadhav and his wife the Ranisaheba, since 1954 when they left their ancestral Lakshmi Vilas Rajwada
The Gate House
As you enter this exotic little beach town is the old 'Gate', and on its right is the property aptly called 'The Gate House' - an authentic and meticulously restored 100-year-old-building.
From doors to pillars, chairs and tables to cots and almirahs, every item is an authentic period piece. The courtyard, corridor, stairway and rooms lend a feeling of space, privacy and pampered luxury. The gentle breeze of the sea - barely a 10 minute walk away - and the intoxicating smell and sight of vintage teak wood furniture, sepia-toned photographs, paintings and artefacts, make the 'Gate House' a perfect example of conservation. You feel like a house guest in a stately home here, what with the personalised round-the-clock service.
Bunglow On The Beach, Tranquebar, TN
Amongst the many styles of architecture of the various Neemrana 'non-hotel' Hotels is The Bungalow on the Beach which dates back to the time of the Danish in India. Just adjacent to the Dansborg Fort, the restored Bungalow stands as a reminder of a Danish Admiral, Ove Gjedde, sent by the king of Denmark with two ships.
This bygone era of history has been lovingly restored. Art treasures from the colonial past now revive an authentic scent of the Danish in India, making it the ideal choice for discerning directors that endeavour to portray a history. The premises offers ample opportunities for outdoor shots without any external disturbances and vast opportunities for creative directors who can adapt their locales with an inventive imagination. There is a choice of two pools - one by the sea, and the other in a courtyard garden.
The Bungalow on the Beach/Nayak House, 24 King Street, Tharangambadi 609313, District Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu
Wallwood Gardens, Coonoor
Amongst the many styles of architecture of the various Neemrana non-hotel Hotels is the Wallwood Garden - a 19th century Scottish home that has been lovingly restored.
It is a fine example of indigenous Scotch architecture with high ceilings and fire places and a gorgeous view of the pomological gardens.
The period rooms - dating back to the mid 19th century, have been refurbished with fine pieces of collector's art and furniture in a contemporary, uncluttered feel. The rooms are named after the trees and flowers found in the botanical gardens of Coonoor.
The old Scottish lifestyle makes it the ideal choice for discerning film directors that endeavour to portray history.
Tijara Fort Palace, Rajasthan
While most heritage hotels in Alwar district are born with the beauty and treasures of history, not one offers such a spacious dream site where you can have a peaceful weekend getaway from Delhi. Seven terraced gardens command a magnificent view above the tall ramparts that have now been lovingly completed and restored. The gardens have been compared to the Hanging Gardens of Babylonia one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world - and the ruins (now restored) to Machu Picchu ! Tijara Fort-Palace is an exclusive weekend getaway from Delhi. There are 21 suites and rooms named after India's leading lady painters which will honour them by evoking their work. One stay at this 19th century Fort-Palace will get you started on the discovery of the most unique heritage hotels in Alwar - and of the heritage experience of Neemrana Fort-Palace & The Hill Fort-Kesroli, also in the list of renowned hotels in Alwar.
Arco Iris, Goa
Arco Iris is a unique homestay in Goa. It has the luxury of an ideal location as it overlooks a seasonal lake and is in close proximity to the Zuari river. This homestay in Goa is located in Curtorim, which is a quiet part of South Goa. It is a great option for those looking for peaceful accommodation in Goa, away from the hustle and bustle of crowded North Goa. Owned by Ganesh and Bennita, it is a restored heritage bungalow and is run as a charming Noble Home by Neemrana Hotels. One stay here will get you started on the discovery of exceptional accommodation in Goa.