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Mahal Tour

local travel agency in India

From the resplendent palaces to the rugged wonders of the medieval forts, explore India's Forts and Palaces on this unforgettable 16-day journey. With local historians, you will uncover the beauty of India's famed palaces and massive fortresses, from the modern cities to the peaceful desert.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Delhi - Mandawa   [6 H - 240 Km]
The Shekhawati region is renowned for its ornately painted havelis (walled town houses) – vestiges of a more prosperous era, when it lay on a vital trans-Thar trade route. The haveli paintings depict life and religious scenes in great detail, often telling the history of the area from centuries ago. Images range from the gold leaf painted room of the Jhunjhunwala Haveli to portraits of Maharajas and paintings of cars, trains and English kings, each showing the integration of east and west. Mandawa’s havelis are often referred to as the “open art gallery” of Rajasthan for their artistic quality. Often intricately carved and always elegant, the havelis are spectacles of Indian culture and history. There is also the Mandawa Fort to visit in the center of town; built in the 18th century and adorned with frescoes and mirrors throughout, it now serves as a heritage hotel.

 

Day 2: Shekhawati – Desnoke - Bikaner [4/5 H - 200 Km]
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 latter 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 3 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer [7 H - 330 Km]
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 4: 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 5 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur [7 H - 300 Km]
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. This city, on the ancient silk route, 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 Chamunda 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 6 : Jodhpur – Pushkar - Roopangarh [5 H - 254 Km]
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 Pushkar Lake. Then drive to 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 7: Roopangarh – Jaipur [1H 1/2- 180 Km]
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 8: 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 9: Jaipur - Agra [5/6 H - 250 Km]
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 10: Agra - Delhi [200 Km]   The Taj Mahal is closed on friday
The moment you have been waiting for:  the visit of the monument of love at the sunrise. Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder, which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. 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.

 

AccommodationTwo categories of hotels are proposed: Palace Forts or Heritage Hotels:

 
Starts from 1100 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.