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.
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.
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.
And then there are my favorite bougainvillea flowers throughout – in bursting colors of pink, magenta and white.
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.
Some postcards from my trip of the interiors: