How My Neemrana Staycation Turned Into A Romantic Road Trip To Alwar

Monsoons- my favorite season! Come rains and I begin my quest to find the coolest places around Delhi to take a quick weekend getaway to. Driving in the rain, stopping at small tea stalls to sip on a steaming hot cuppa – doesn’t it sound like a perfect vacation? So this time I chose Neemrana – about a 100 kilometers from Delhi. A beautiful hill fort offering numerous sunset points and all the amenities of a luxury hotel, Neemrana Fort Palace is one of the best places for a staycation near Delhi, and I say that with experience!

We embarked on a 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Gurgaon to Neemrana Fort Palace around noon, without a single stop. The drive on NH-8 is a pleasant one, but, in monsoons, it gets really romantic with lush vegetation on the rugged hills dotting the sides of the highway. It was an amazing drive with good company, sparsely crowded roads, great music playlist and excellent weather. Google Maps was quite helpful too!

After some rest and relaxation, we made our way to Hawa Mahal, where the evening tea was served. Traditionally attired men serving tea and coffee along with Rajasthani ‘mathi and achaar’ made the whole ambiance quite fancy.

Post our morning breakfast, we decided to explore the surrounding area, and somehow that turned into a road trip to Alwar.

Crossing Bardod, Karoda, and Sodawas, we reached Tatapur Fort on the way. A 450-year-old Chauhan Fort located on the fringes of the Aravalli ravines. This small fort at the hilltop is entirely abandoned and is a haven for adventure buffs, who time and again come here to explore the fort .

As we crossed the Tatapur Fort, we were welcomed by the spellbinding view of the Aravalli Hills between Jindoli and Tijara Road. With the view of green ranges below the hovering monsoon clouds, the mountains reminded me of my Meghalaya trip. I wished we could stay on here, but we had a whole lot of heritage sites waiting to be explored in Alwar, so we reluctantly moved on, promising ourselves we would come back at a later date.