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  Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park

A short tour introductory tour of India by train on the Maharaja Express. This train holiday is the easiest and most convenient way to explore India’s Golden Triangle. Designed to recreate the elegance, exuberance, ingenuity and opulent style of the Indian Maharajas, the train is suffused with nostalgia throughout, be it in its décor, white glove service, gourmet food or the lavish array of amenities all discreetly blended with modern comforts sought by discerning travellers. 

On board amenities include spacious guest cabins come in a choice double or twin bed configuration each appointed with private en-suite shower rooms with running hot and cold water. Independently controlled air-conditioning, WiFi, direct dial telephone, writing desk, live television, electronic safe and ample storge space for the accommodate your wardrobe for the entire journey.  There is even a 24 hour laundry service. The larger suites additionally offer a bath tub while the Presidential Suite, which occupies an entire carriage, offers two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and an independent living area with a complimentary bar.  The real luxury of course is the 24-hour private butler service that comes with every cabin to ensure your every comfort. 

Gourmet meals are freshly prepared on board by celebrated chefs using stocks from impressive on board larders and fresh ingredients sourced from quality suppliers along the journey and served in its two themed restaurants with complimentary house wines and beers.  The paid wine cellar and bar deserves some very close scrutiny!  You’re not short for entertainment either with a cocktail hour each evening and a club lounge equipped with library, electronic games, videos games and some onboard spa facilities. 

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1
London to Delhi

Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi

Day 2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your TransIndus representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to recover from the international flight and in the evening our representative will escort you for a welcome meal at a local restaurant and introduce you to some of the sites of the metropolis.

India’s capital and home to an estimated 20 million people is a compelling mix of ancient and modern, it holds the vestiges of at least seven great civilisations from Afghan mausolea crumble on traffic roundabouts; millennia-old fort walls stand next to eight-lane expressways; and Sufi shrines huddle beside concrete flyovers. More amazing still is the fact that so many cultural transmissions from Delhi’s past eras endure.

The most evocative place to gets one’s bearings has to be the Jama Masjid, the magnificent sandstone and white-marble ‘Friday Mosque’ constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in Old Delhi. Climb one of its minarets for a matchless view over the surrounding roofscape to the ramparts of the Red Fort, where the Mughals held court in a hidden world of cusp-arched pavilions and pillared audience halls.

Day 3
Agra

Following a leisurely breakfast at the hotel you will be escorted to New Delhi Railway Station at the heart of the Old City to board the Maharajas’ Express for the start of your luxurious adventure. Starting at about 11:30 you settle in your cabins before enjoying a light lunch ahead of a swift arrival in Agra for the first of your day excursions. This afternoon you enjoy an escorted visit to the sprawling Agra Fort and nearby deserted city of Fathepur Sikri. In the evening you will be invited for drinks by the Train manager and crew before dinner.

Although you will have seen countless photographs of it, nothing can fully prepare you for the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Taj Mahal, which looks at its most ethereal early in the morning. Savour the effect of the soft, saffron-coloured sunlight on the marble surfaces, which will be shining brightly by the time you head back to train.

A welcome respite from the city’s frenzied streets is traffic-free Fatehpur Sikri, an hour’s drive southwest, where Akbar erected a new capital from finely carved sandstone in the late-16th century. A series of interlocking courtyards, overlooked by onion-domed royal apartments and pillared walkways, forms the heart of this long deserted palace complex, which the Mughals abandoned because of water shortages after only sixteen years.

Day 4
Ranthambore National Park

Early morning your butler will wake you with tea & toast before you head out to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, hopefully at sunrise. You return to the train for breakfast, as it proceeds to Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore. On arrival you head off for a wildlife safari in search for the elusive Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, escorted by a local naturalist. You return to the train at sunset for a wash and dinner & drinks onboard as the train proceeds to Jaipur.

Ranthambore our next stop nestles at the foot of a dramatic hill crowned by a ruined fortress, like a scene from Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Expanses of grassland, marsh, lakes and mixed deciduous forest enfold the rocky plateau – perfect terrain for tiger and the herds of sambar deer and other animals they prey on. Just over 60 big cats currently prowl the park and your chances of a sighting a very good. Apart from tigers, Ranthambore also supports thriving populations of leopard, sambar and chital deer, nilgai (black buck), bears, crocodiles, and two species of monkey. Safaris are conducted in open-topped Jeeps. 

Day 5
Jaipur

As you breakfast, the train pulls into the vibrant and colourful 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Here you visit the impressive Amber Fort on the outskirts of the city and undertake a whistlestop tour of city's principal sites. We return to the train for a late lunch as it heads for 'Thar' the largest of the Indian dessert. Dinner will be on board the train.

Perched on the rim of a dramatic cliff, Amber Fort retains some of the finest interiors surviving from the 16th and 17th centuries in India, notably a glittering ‘Hall of Mirrors’, or ‘Sheesh Mahal’, where the Maharaja and his consorts would enjoy music and poetry recitals. Jaipur itself is a swirl of life and colour, and its numerous monuments and markets provide the focus for the rest of the day. You’ll begin your afternoon’s tour at the famous City Palace complex, which includes the much photographed ‘Hawa Mahal’, or ‘Palace of Winds’, a five-storey façade of elaborately screened windows from where the women of the royal household used to watch processions in the streets below.

Day 6
Delhi

As you awake and enjoy breakfast, the train pulls into Delhi. A TransIndus representative will receive you on arrival. You will have a chauffeur driven car at your disposal to do some personal sightseeing, shopping through the day. After dinner at one city’s restaurant the car will drop you at airport to board your return flight home

Day 7
London

Arrive back home in the UK

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What's included

  • International flights  
  • 3 nights’ luxury accommodation aboard the Maharajas’ Express and one night at a five-star hotel in Delhi 
  • All internal transportation and transfers in private chauffeur drive vehicles 
  • Expert English-speaking guides throughout 
  • Entrance fees to sites and monuments featured

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