At the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges, in Himachal Pradesh, amidst a 20 acre-forest estate, is the quaint Nalagrah Palace. History states that Raja Ajai Chand, in 1100 AD, founded the kingdom of Hindur, and its capital Nalagarh. Today, Nalagrah is a retreat that is open to all and offers a royal holiday complete with grandeur, tranquility and modern facilities. Maintained by the Welcome Heritage chain of hotels, the palace has been renovated but continues to exude old world charm. Here one can watch the dawn rise over the fort walls, take a nature walk or enjoy a picnic in the royal orchards. The rooms are quaint and have well preserved antique furniture. One can also unwind with a Sansha Ayurvedic Massage. Near by is the Ramgarh fort that is worth a visit for its spectacular views of the Himalayas.
The fastest way to get to Nalagarh is from Chandigarh - being just 60 kms away. One can fly from Delhi to Chandigarh, and take a taxi or bus to the resort. Alternately one can take a train to Kalka and then drive to Nalagarh.
The best time to visit is between September and March.