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  Places Visited: Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra & Delhi

Designed to recreate the elegance, exuberance and opulent style of the Indian Maharajas, The Maharajas' Express Luxury train is suffused with nostalgia, be it in its décor, white glove service, gourmet food or the lavish array of amenities that blend discreetly with modern comforts sought by discerning travellers.

So, if you are ready to explore the best of India, what better way to do it than on board this luxurious train, the winner of the ‘World's Leading Luxury Train’ Award’ for seven consecutive years.

Redefining the luxury travel experiences this journey eliminates the need to pack and re-pack as you crisscross the country through breathtakingly beautiful landscape, lush green jungles, ancient and historic site, seats of power and remote hidden villages to discover the very best of the India and experience the individual stories of each place visited.

Facilities include spacious guest cabins are 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 to accommodate your wardrobe for the entire journey. There's even laundry service. The larger suites additionally offer a bath tub while the Presidential Suite, which occupies an entire carriage, has 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 the impressive on board larders and fresh ingredients sourced enreoute and served in its two restaurants with complimentary house wines and beers.  The paid wine cellar and bar also deserve close scrutiny!  You’re not short for entertainment either, with a cocktail hour each evening and a club lounge equipped with a library, electronic games, videos, dvd's, games.

Sightseeing excursions in the places visited are conducted in the company of local specialist guides but if on occasion you are inclined to take a day off for a spot of shopping or to relax at a local spa, that too can be arranged.

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Maharaja's Express: Heritage of India

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Maharaja's Express: Heritage of India

Experience the highlights of Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle on this recently revamped 10-day tour, travelling on India's most luxurious train - the Maharaja's Express. It's the same journey Trevor MacDonald followed.

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Day 1

Fly overnight from the UK to Mumbai.

Day 2

On arrival in Mumbai, you’ll be met by your TransIndus representative before being transferred by air-conditioned, chauffeur-driven car to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey. In the evening, your guide will escort you to a welcome meal at a local restaurant, and lead you on a stroll around the Gateway of India in the harbour area should you wish.

Day 3

Registration for the Maharajas’ Express takes place at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba, directly opposite the Gateway of India, from where you’ll be transferred to Chathrapti Shivaji Station (formerly ‘Victoria Terminus’) ahead of the 11.30 departure for Udaipur. Lunch and dinner will be on board.

Today is the only day of the trip spent entirely on the train (the rest of the journeys take place overnight), which provides a very relaxed introduction to India! As you proceed northwards, the densely populated heart of downtown Mumbai gives way to modern suburbs and, eventually, a patchwork of rice fields, market towns and slow-flowing rivers, framed by the shadowy profiles of the Western Ghat mountains inland. The nearby coast was where some of the very first Portuguese and British trading posts were located in the 16th century. After passing through the capital of Ahmedabad in the evening, you’ll travel onwards through the night to Udaipur.

Day 4

Breakfast will be served on board ahead of a 10am arrival in Udaipur. You’ll begin your sightseeing with a boat tour on Lake Pichola followed by a tour of the resplendent City Palace. Spend the afternoon relaxing at a spa or exploring the city’s bazaars, before a gala supper at one of the lakeside palaces. Your train will depart on its overnight journey to Jodhpur at 10pm sharp.

The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, once spent a dreamy sojourn in one of the summer palaces in Udaipur and it is said he was so taken with the beauty of the architecture that he used it as a blueprint for the Taj Mahal. Spread around the shores of shimmering Lake Pichola, the city remains an undeniably romantic spectacle, its ghats (sacred steps), whitewashed havelis and temple towers overlooked by the pale-ochre walls and domes of the exquisite City Palace.
Aside from the views over the water, the highlight for most are the palace interiors, where treasures from the royal collection are displayed amid a backdrop of ornate Rajput murals, mirrorwork and mosaics.

Day 5

The fifth day of your tour focusses on the city of Jodhpur, which is famous for its blue-painted old quarter and spectacular Mehrangarh Fort. You’ll have ample time to explore both before cocktails and dinner at a genuine Rajput palace.

Mehrangarh Fort rises from the top of a sheer-sided escarpment overlooking one of the greatest spectacles in Asia: the blue-painted patchwork of rooftops and courtyards comprising Jodhpur’s old city. After a guided tour of the fort’s royal apartments and museum, you’ll be led on foot (or by auto-rickshaw if you prefer!) around the fascinating main bazaar area. Supper will be either in the garden palace of Khaas Bagh or on the foot of Hanwant Mahal, a splendid sandstone mansion on the outskirts whose rooftop dining terrace affords spectacular views of Umaid Bhawan – the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s vast palace complex, built as a famine relief project in the 1930s.

Day 6

The Great Indian Desert, or ‘Thar’, dominates day six of your tour as you travel from Jodhpur to Bikaner, in western Rajasthan. After lunch on board the Maharajas’ Express, explore beautiful Junagarh Fort in the company of your guides, followed by cocktails, supper and a performance of traditional Rajasthani folk music and dance in the dunes outside the city.

Filled with richly carved sandstone pavilions, palaces and assembly halls, Junagarh forms the nucleus of a fascinating old city dating from the heyday of the caravan trade across the Thar. In the evening you’ll have a short taste of life in the desert when the tour pitches up at a patch of picturesque sand dunes outside Bikaner for a lamp-lit Rajasthani supper, accompanied by traditional music and dance from the region.

Day 7

Today the Maharajas’ Express arrives in the Rajasthani capital, Jaipur, for a whistlestop tour of the Pink City’s highlights, beginning with a visit to the greatest and most flamboyant of all the region’s fortress-palaces, Amber.

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 8
Ranthambore–Fatehpur Sikri

A varied day’s sightseeing awaits as you travel southeast from Jaipur into the hilly, forested border region around Ranthambore, a former royal hunting reserve turned national park and tiger sanctuary. From there, the train will continue towards Agra, pausing en route to visit the magnificent remains of the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri.

Ranthambore 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 are 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.

Fatehpur Sikri, which you’ll reach after lunch, was built at lavish expense at the end of the 16th century but only occupied for sixteen years. The finely carved, dark-red sandstone buildings vividly evoke the opulence of the Mughal era. Among many highlights are the Diwan-i-Khas audience hall, with its richly carved throne pillar, the beautiful Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti (a revered Sufi mystic) and Buland Darwaza gateway.

Day 9

Fittingly, the final day of the tour features the greatest of all India’s monuments, the Taj Mahal, which you’ll visit on arrival in Agra in the morning. Having seen the tomb at first light, the group will be treated to a champagne breakfast in the grounds of a luxury hotel in the city. The onward journey to Delhi takes around four hours, arriving back in the capital around mid-afternoon for hotel check-in and your final night in India.

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 depart to re-join the train for the final leg of your journey back to Delhi. 

Day 10
Delhi, UK

Return flight to the UK.

Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £7745 per person

What's included

✓  6 nights’ luxury accommodation aboard the Maharajas’ Express train, one night at a five-star hotel in Mumbai and one night at a five-star hotel in Delhi

✓  All internal transportation and transfers usign air-conditioned luxury vehicles

✓  Expert English-speaking guides and tour director throughout

✓  Entrance fees to sites and monuments featured

✓  Meal Plan: Full Board A La Carte service on board train. Bed & Breakdast in city hotels

✓  International flights 


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