Land of the Maharajas

This travel video is a 3 hour presentation of the culture and traditions of Rajasthan, India. Our intention was to show an interesting and pretty intense itinerary, which we were able to cover in about 2 weeks. We wanted to shoot a travelog, a long form documentary about this particular trip making it different from the regular documentaries you may see on TV . We covered a lot of ground in the narration associated with the video: from history to legends, architecture and traditions, customs and religions we tried as much as possible to approach most of the issues you encounter in such a trip.

The travel video is the result of a lot of research and documentation we did before we left there, but also of a lot of information we got on site, talking to people or listening to the stories coming from the guides. We shot a lot of footage and we ended up editing it to make a very pleasant and attractive presentation. I think we did a great job because a lot of people who saw it, some of them never intending to visit India but some being people we met there, in Rajasthan, enjoyed the video a lot.

If you have any intention to visit this area or other part of India, or if you know for sure that you will never get there, watching this film will bring you the experience of being half there. To do the trip we rented a car with driver, a minimum security measure to stay alive on the Indian roads. Besides is less expensive than a rented car without a driver... We drove by day only, driving by nights on Indian lorry-infested roads being a harrowing experience, we stayed in hotels recommended by the driver, most of them middle range listed in Lonely Planet, we ate in vegetarian restaurants, which is a minimum advice if you travel anywhere in India. You can do almost the same tour by train but there are some areas, like Shekhawati and Bikaner, where the train does not reach and this motivated us to take a car.

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Land of the Maharajas

Land of the Maharajas

Land of the Maharajas is a 3 hour presentation of the culture and traditions of Rajasthan, India. It is a complete version that includes 4 separate videos. It covers the following itinerary: New Delhi, the villages of Shekhawati, Bikaner and Kuri Village, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Salawas Village, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar,
 Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra. © 2002

180 minutes

DVD - $59.95

 

Merchants and Maharajas

Merchants and Maharajas

Merchants and Maharajas” takes you to the Northern part of Rajasthan. After a quick day tour in New Delhi we visited the magnificently painted havelis of Shekhawati, in Jhunjhunu, Mandawa and Fatehpur. From there we visit the impressive fort Bikaner and the city’s Jain temples ending the tour with music and dance in a village outside of Jaisalmer. ©2002

Delhi, Shekhawati, Bikaner, Kuri.

53' - DVD - $24.95

Land of Death

Land of Death

Land of Death” takes the viewer to Jaisalmer where we visit the fort, the palace and the cenotaphs of the maharajas. We continue to Jodhpur fort, the siege of the old Marwar territory, nicknamed “The Land of Death” ending up at Ranakpur where is located a jewel of a Jain temple, maybe the most beautiful in the entire world. ©2002

Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranakpur

41' - DVD - $24.95

Sadhus and many camels

Sadhus and many camels

Sadhus and Many Camels” brings you first to the famous white palaces of Udaipur and continuing to the citadel city of Chittorgarh, three times the stage jauhars against the Moguls invaders. We ended the tour in a magnificent place, the holy city of Pushkar, an amalgam of holy and unholy people, during its famous camel fair. ©2002

Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar

49' - DVD - $24.95

The Mughals

The Mughals

The Mughals” opens in the pink Jaipur, a city of palaces, forts, markets and an astronomical observatory. Close by is the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, inhabited for only 15 years. We ended up in Agra, capital of the Mughal Empire, where we visit the world-renowned Taj Mahal, and its nearby tomb of Akbar in Sikandra.  ©2002

Jaipur, Fatehpur-Sikri, Agra, Sikandra

49' - DVD - $24.95