All Neemrana properties are non–hotel Hotels, because they were originally never built with a hotel in mind! All efforts have been made to maintain the old charm of The Piramal Haveli while ensuring the basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the early 20th century when it was built. The Piramal Haveli offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history along with a range of local excursions that help our guests unwind and rediscover history and themselves. Nothing about this Neemrana experience is ordinary. Walk out and discover the old village of Bagar. Stroll down to the Fatehsagar, a unique water reservoir and observe how water was valued – almost worshipped in the olden days. Take a temple to the Rani Sati Temple of Jhunjhunu. Everything about these quaint Neemrana excursions can make a very private memory.
The Piramal Haveli also hosts anniversaries, birthdays and other memorable occasions.
The Fatehsagar Reservoir
A large reservoir built by the Ojha family, the Fatehsagar is a johra or water tank approximately two kilometers away from the Piramal Haveli.
While the main water tank was originally used for bathing purposes by men and women, a ramp on one side at the back was built for animals to come and drink water. It is a hidden architectural marvel and definitely worth a visit!
The Rungta Haveli
The frescoes on the walls of the Rungta Haveli in Bagar showcase a thematic transition of the frescoes in the colonial period.
Boasting the look of a French chateau, this haveli opens into a courtyard surrounded by corridors that lead to another larger courtyard which is surrounded by verandahs. It is in close proximity to the Piramal Haveli and a famous Shekhawati Tourist Places.
The Rani Sati Temple
The Rani Sati temple is early 19th century and is situated at Jhunjhunu which is approximately 10 kms from the Piramal Haveli. Rani Sati was a bride of a young, local Agrawal man, who died in warfare. His young wife immolated herself on his funeral pyre to become a Sati. The site of her sacrifice is now marked with a memorial temple which was built in her memory by her father-in-law. Though Sati was banned by law in 1829 by the British and many 19th century social reformers spoke against it, an aura has remained around this cruel practice and a Sati was recorded as late as 2008.
After you are energised by the countryside oxygen, you can exercise the rejuvenated brain cells and play the indoor games of chess, cards and carom board. Some reading material is also provided in-house.
The Piramal Haveli is a birdwatcher's paradise and there are many species of birds that can be spotted throughout the day. It is one of the most intriguing things to do in Shekhawati, bringing you close to birds like peacocks, sparrows, parrots, and the migratory birds – Montagu's, marsh harrier, pale harrier, imperial eagle, tawny eagle, short-toed eagle, sparrow hawk, skylark, crested lark, ring drove, brown dove, blue jay, green bee-eaters, black ibis and demoiselle cranes.
For adventurous bird watchers, there is also Tal Chhapar Sanctuary in Churu (97 km away) – which is known for its variety of birds and is a unique refuge of the most elegant Antelope found in India – “the Blackbuck”.
The local people of Bagar are extremely talented crafts persons and create beautiful objects in their atelier homes which they sell locally or to larger shops in cities. These include tie and dye garments, traditional sarees, hand-made lacquer bangles, and intricate silver jewellery and accessories.
If you are not in a hurry, they will invite you into the public areas of their homes to showcase and sell the products that they have created. Alternatively, you can purchase the same in larger shops in the Jhunjhunu market.