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Indian Nights Tour

local travel agency in India

The princely states of Rajputana, now Rajasthan, were once the domain of courageous warriors and lavish ruling dynasties. Following a tour of Delhi and Agra, this journey travels into the heart of Rajasthan and explores many of the region's magnificent forts and palaces, atmospheric cities and stunning desert scenery.

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Delhi - Udaipur
Your arrival at Udaipur’s airport, you will receive a warm welcome from Maharajah Driver’s staff and transfer to hotel. You will start the sightseeing of the most romantic city in Rajasthan.

 

Day 2: Udaipur
Set against a hinterland of bare brown hills, the city is spread around the shores of shimmering Lake Pichola. Tiers of ghats (sacred steps), whitewashed havelis and temple towers rise to the pale-ochre walls and domes of the Sisodia dynasty’s exquisite City Palace, whose cusped-arched windows and high terraces gaze west across the water to one of the most spellbinding sights in India: that of the Jag

 

Day 3: Udaipur - Bundi (4 h)
Drive to Bundi, a small town founded in the 14th century on the foot hills of Aravalli. Famous as the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write his novel, ‘Kim’, Bundi today is known for its series of step-wells ('baoris'), old houses, narrow streets and the remarkable Taragarh Fort.

 

 Day 4: Bundi  - Rajmahal (3h 1/2)
Drive to Rajmahal a mislaid out of time in edge of river which gave its name to the village. Your accommodation will be in a 300-year-old palace.
 

 Day 5: Rajmahal – Roopangarh (3 h)
Another countryside road for reaching Roopangarh, Check in at the delightful Fort and feel like a maharaja as the hotel attendants treat you like royalty. Freshen up and enjoy a safari to the Tilonia Village and Kishangarh. Both these villages are known for their exquisite crafts.

 

Day 6: Roopangarh – Pushkar – Deogarh (3 h)
Today we drive to the holy city of Pushkar, a sacred town for the Hindus well-known for its annual camel fair. In the centre of town is holy Pushkar Lake surrounded by a number of temples including the famous Bramha temple - said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity. A dip in the waters of Pushkar Lake and worship at Bramha temple ensure salvation. Late afternoon walk through Pushkar's lanes to see the local life and visit the Brahma temple. The evening culminates with an aarti ceremony on the ghats of the lake.

Then proceed to the attractive little town of Deogarh, or Castle of the Gods, is an excellent place to take a break from the hectic pace of travelling in India. It is surrounded by lakes, hills and rugged countryside. Deogarh has a good bazaar for textiles and its elevation makes it relatively cool. There is an old fort on a hill as well as a magnificent palace on a hillock, with murals illustrating the fine local school of miniature painting. Raghosagar Lake, which is pleasant to walk around, has an island with a romantic ruined temple and tombs. Numerous migratory birds are attracted here and also provide an appropriate setting for the 200-year-old palace, Gorkal Vilas.

 

Day 7: Deogarh – Ranakpur - Luni (2h ½)
In a remote setting at the foot of a steep wooded escarpment of the Aravalli Hills, Ranakpur is one of India’s biggest and most important Jain temple complexes. The main temple, the Chaumukha Mandir (Four-Faced Temple), is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar (depicted in the many Buddha-like images in the temple) and was built in the 15th century in milk-white marble. An incredible feat of Jain devotion, this is a complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars. The interior is completely covered in knotted, lovingly wrought carving. About 1km from the main complex is the Amba Mata Temple.

Then drive to the tiny village of Luni, in the shadow of a big fort, in an area settled by the Bishnoi tribal community who are famous for their reverence of wildlife and their careful environmental management. The Bishnoi are potters, weavers, leather embroiderers and camel herders.

 

Day 8: Luni  - Jodhpur ( 1h)
Jodhpur, the Blue City, is dominated by the glorious Mehrangarh Fort. The old city and its blue-painted houses that give Jodhpur its nickname circle the fort, bound by a wall with several gates. Town, on the ancient silk route, that attracts more and more visitors. The city is also known as the “Sun City” for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year round. Mehrangarh fort might just be the most stunning fort in India. This fortress was built in the 15th Century as the new capital of the Marwar kings of Mandore. Never conquered by the enemies, it proudly explains the history of the kings of Marwar, who still own and manage the heritage building. The views of the Blue City from Mehrangarh walls are mind-blowing. The visit must end up with a prayer at the temple of Chamdunda Mataji, the Royal Family deity and the most popular devi of Jodhpur. Those who want to feel the city are advised to visit Ghanta Ghar (the clock tower), a popular monument in the old city, and colorful Sardar Market with its narrow alleys leading to the bazaars featuring textiles, silver and handicrafts.

 

Day 9: Jodhpur – Manvar ( 2 H)
Drive to Manvar, an ancient town in the heart of the Thar Desert and is located in a gently rolling sand dune belt between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The area is well known for its villages of the tribal Bishnoi people, where peacocks can be seen and heard amongst the dhanis (traditional desert dwellings). Overnight stay at a desert camp.

 

Day 10: Manvar - Jaisalmer (4 h)
Drive to one of Rajasthan’s most captivating destinations, Jaisalmer is a romantic blend of narrow cobbled streets and elaborately carved mansions of yellow sandstone that sit on the edge of the Thar Desert. Reminiscent of a scene from the Arabian Nights, this medieval settlement was once a major trading centre along the caravan routes from the Middle East and has the feel of an open air museum.

 

Day 11: Jaisalmer 
Your sightseeing will include the vast 12th Century Jaisalmer Fort, the picturesque Gadi Sagar Lake and the stunning Patwon Ki Haveli, with its intricately carved façade. This evening there is an opportunity to enjoy a unique Sam Sand Dunes experience, to observe the sun setting over the dunes.

 

Day 12: Jaisalmer – Bikaner (7 h)
The drive to Bikaner today takes you along part of the ancient caravan routes that once linked Central Asia with northern India. Bikaner once lay at the heart of this trading route and there will be an opportunity this afternoon to take a stroll through its charming historic quarter, to discover the havelis and mansions of the old merchants. Visit to the impressive setting of Junagarh Fort, built during the later years of the 16th century. Filled with richly decorated interiors, the dazzling centerpiece of the site is the grand Diwan-i-Khas, with its stunning red and gold filigree painting and red satin throne.

 

Day 13: Bikaner – Nagaur – Khimsar  (2 h)
Drive to Nagaur, a town with the impressive remains of the Ahhichatragarh Fort, which have been partially converted into a hotel, the Sufi shrine of Tarkeen Dargah, the Jain Temples in glass and Saiji ka Tanka, the reported resting place of Shri Saiji Maharaj, one of India's most famous saints. Nagaur is also host to the second largest camel fair in Rajasthan, which is usually held in February. The Nagaur Sufi music festival, which is held over three days around February, is also extremely popular.Then proceed to the small village of Khimsar.

 

Day 14: Khimsar - Jaipur  ( 5 h)
Drive to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. The tour will cover all the major highlights of this ancient city. The famous Hawa Mahal, known as the Palace of the Winds, is one of our first stops before we continue to the Astronomical Observatory constructed in 1726 and on to the City Palace, still home to the present Maharajah of Jaipur, where we’ll view collections of costumes, carpets, paintings and the impressive armory.

 

Day 15: Jaipur

You’ll visit the immense Amber Fort, located in the hills just a short drive out of Jaipur. Sampling all the most fascinating sights, our guided tour includes the sections reserved for the Maharajah’s wives and concubines as well as the remarkable hall of mirrors, with tiny delicate convex mirrors embedded like a mosaic in the walls and ceilings. In the afternoon, enjoy the colorful bazaars.

 

Day 16: Jaipur - Agra (5 h)
This morning you continue towards the ancient abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1571, as Emperor Akbar’s imperial capital. Although it was mysteriously abandoned just 15 years later it remains in a remarkable state of preservation, with numerous palaces, wide courtyards and beautiful carvings. Then you will leave for Agra, home to India’s most famous site - the majestic Taj Mahal. Visit the Red Fort, Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD; it is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat. Later on, you will visit the Baby Taj or the Itmad-Ud-Daulah – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. It is one of the most beautiful Mughal tombs and was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jahangir for her father in 1628.

 

Day 17: Agra - Delhi [4 h]   The Taj Mahal is closed on friday
The moment you have been waiting for:  the visit of the monument of love at the sunrise, which is always the soul “raison-d’être” for every tourist. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Then drive to Delhi where you connect with your departure flight.

 

Accommodation: Two categories of hotels are proposed: Palace & Forts or Heritage Hotels:

 

Starts from 2300 euro for two persons

 

Price includes:

Welcome and assistance in airport.

Transfers/Surface transports in the private AC car (Toyota Innova or Tata Indigo).

Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast.

Hotel taxes and services.

Insurances .

 

Price doesn’t include:

Other meals and drinks.

Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program.

Usual tips for guides and drivers.

Personal expenses. 

Domestic flights.