Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

Neemrana Fort Palace, built in 1464, is in Alwar district of Rajasthan. I had the recent privilege of visiting this grand monument celebrating the proud history of Rajput descendants of the valiant king, Prithviraj Chauhan.

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It has been renovated over the past decade and is now a heritage hotel. Built of stone and brick with hues of brown and red, the fort has a striking presence against the blue sky and the greenery in and around it. There is blue patio furniture throughout, making a distinguished addition.

The beautiful aquamarine pool is in an extraordinarily picturesque setting.

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The main dining room, Jalgiri Mahal, is adorned with blue design element. The window treatments, and antique dining chairs are a gorgeous hue of turquoise blue. The chandeliers grace the hall from a ceiling of ornate royal blue and turquoise frescos.

There is a huge garden, making you feel you are in the Indian interpretation of Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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And then there are my favorite bougainvillea flowers throughout – in bursting colors of pink, magenta and white.

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These paintings depict a Thar Desert (also known as the Great Indian Desert) landscape of women carrying water back to their villages in the main dining room, Jalgiri Mahal. There are two versions – one with pink, orange, green and the other in blue, purple, green. These colorscape combinations are simply brilliant.

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Some postcards from my trip of the interiors:

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