A 3.5 hrs train ride will take you to city beautiful “Chandigarh”, a union territory and capital of the two states, Punjab and Chandigarh. The city was the first planned city in India and is internationally known for its urban design and architecture. The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry. The city was rightly voted as the cleanest city in India in a national study carried out in 2010.The city in itself presents a great contrast from other towns and cities in India.
A former Palace of Nawabs of Pataudi in Haryana, this today is a Heritage Hotel, managed by Neemrana Hotels. The residence of the Nawabs swathed in old world luxury was designed by Austrian architect Karl Molt Von Heinz. Made in the style of the grand colonial mansions of Imperial Delhi, it somewhat resembles the stunning grand residence of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces built by Robert Tor Russell – now called the Teen Murti House.
An hour and a half outside Delhi, this can be a perfect getaway from the city. Large Heritage rooms with suites that can accommodate a family of 4 or even more, rooms opening into beautiful swimming pool, nicely manicured and maintained gardens that has peacocks frequenting at all times, this place can also be a place to halt before you head out to international airport on your way back home.
Neemrana Fort Palace
Neemrana Fort Palace is about 122 Kms ( or 2.5 hrs drive) outside Delhi on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway reflecting the old charm with modern basic comforts. A perfect get-away from Delhi that takes you in times reminiscent of 15th century. Neemrana offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history.The 11-tiered Fort-Palace, built over six acres, has its own labyrinthine joys. Remember nobody got lost here forever! Once you’ve rested, stroll the Neemrana’s gardens.You can also discover the environs on foot or by camel cart, riding to the nearby villages.
Agra & Jaipur
Both Agra (the tourist capital and home to famous Taj Mahal) and Jaipur ( capital of the state of Rajasthan and home to forts, palaces and culture reminiscent of a bygone era) together form the famous Golden Triangle. While Agra independently can be done in a 2hr short train ride early morning or a 5 hr drive by private car, Jaipur can be done by car in about 5 hrs from Delhi or from Agra. Both these places along with Delhi form one of the most exciting cultural tours that one can possibly do in under a week’s time.