Testimonials: Tijara Fort Palace - Alwar

“We laboured up the incline and, fifteen minutes later, arrived at the summit—a wind-whipped vantage point that overlooked acres of unpopulated farmland. Clusters of palm trees swayed in the distance under a gorgeous blue sky. It was a beautiful setting for a hotel. And the nineteenth-century fort-palace of Tijara in Alwar had fallen into most excellent hands—the Neemrana group of hotels.”

- Mridula Gandhi
Outlook Traveller

“It is a beautiful piece of history that nobody has ever lived in and will soon be converted into a hotel.”

- Abroad Marketer
India

“These erstwhile protective bastions were now picture-perfect windows with each one framing a different aspect of the surrounding country. The bathroom was also large and luxurious. The room's balconies, in fact the whole building had been renovated by using the same materials as the original structure: sandstone for the walls and floors, and grey stone for the sills and staircases. The furniture was either old or built in the same fashion, and included ornate wooden almirahs with painted doors and some mirrorwork…

"A swimming pool was being constructed on the south side of our building. I could see that it will have a long uninterrupted view of the plains stretching out to the township of Tijara. The feeling it would evoke was that of being transported back to the age of the maharajas.....”

- Tahir Jahangir
Journalist, Pakistan

“We’re in Alwar, the gateway to Rajasthan, where we’re staring at undiluted antiquity in the facades of a desolate monument, Tijara Fort. The turreted towers of its Hawa Mahal where the winds waft in at will and a low sequestered structure Rani Mahal are all that’s visible of a lost kingdom by the Aravalis.Winding up to the fort, views of relic landscapes melt away modernity. To the west, like a scene from the Old Testament, are date palms bent by desert breezes. To the east, till the mountain horizons, are green fields that’ll turn into cloudy grey-blue lakes in the monsoon.”

- Pramila N. Phatarphekar
OPEN Magazine

“It's a wonderful little fort palace called Tijara, still being restored. Quiet and beautiful, can’t ask for more.”

- Rajdeep Sardesai
NDTV

“A stupendous effort has been underway to give history a new interpretation….
The basic decision was to use the hilly nature of the terrain to locate all the large-scale functions at such depths that they would not clutter the historic composition of the three historic buildings above the ground. The three historic buildings have been creatively restored and eclectically renewed with an eye for detail. Tijara teaches us how it’s not the relentless conservation of singular, old buildings but the creative use and adaptive reuse of a complex of historic buildings in their larger context that gives the best results.”

- MyLiveableCity
India+The Netherlands
2015