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

Starting your journey in the bustling commercial capital of India, Mumbai and ending in the cultural and National Capital, Delhi, this journey passes through the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur and the imposing Fort city of Jodhpur; you'll enjoy sundowners on the sand dunes of Bikaner and soak up the royal palaces and fortresses of the Pink City of Jaipur. You get an opportunity to meet the legendary Bengal Tigers at Ranthambore and come face to face to face with the magnificent Taj Mahal, ending in the Imperial city and national capital of India, Delhi. 

Designed to recreate the elegance and opulent style of the Indian Maharajas, The Maharajas Express Luxury Trains are suffused with nostalgia, be it in its décor, white-glove service, gourmet food or the lavish amenities that blend discreetly with modern comforts sought by discerning travellers. So, if you are ready to explore India at its best, join us on board these luxurious trains, winner of the 'World's Leading Luxury Train Award’ for seven consecutive years running and 'Asia’s Leading Luxury Train Award'.

Facilities include spacious guest cabins, which are appointed with private en-suite shower rooms, independently controlled air-conditioning, WiFi, direct dial telephone, writing desk, live television, electronic safe, and ample storage space to accommodate your wardrobe for the entire journey. Services go on to include a spa carriage with personalised treatments, and there's even a laundry service. The larger suites additionally offer a bathtub, 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 onboard larders and fresh ingredients sourced en route 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 of entertainment either, with a cocktail hour each evening and a club lounge equipped with a library, electronic games, DVDs, etc.

Local specialist guides conduct sightseeing excursions in the places visited, but if you want to relax at a spa or do a spot of shopping, that too can be arranged.


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Suggested itinerary

Day 1

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 lead you on a stroll around the Gateway of India in the harbour area, should you wish. Overnight in a hotel.

Mumbai has been India’s busiest port and industrial centre since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1969. As famous today for its traffic jams as its record-breaking movie industry, the Maharashtrian capital tends not to feature high up most visitors’ ‘must see’ list, but as a point of arrival has a lot to recommend it.

Before the last British troops garrisoned in the country slow-marched past it to board their ships back to Blighty in 1947, the Gateway of India – a huge triumphal arch in the colonial Indo-Saracenic style – was the first landmark most new arrivals from Britain set eyes on. The second was the famous Taj Mahal Hotel beside it. Both still stand tall on the waterfront, as emblematic of the city today as they were in Victorian times.

Still, more impressive monuments of the empire dominate the Kala Godha and Fort districts beyond the Gateway, among them Victoria Terminus, the world’s grandest railway station, and the white-domed Prince of Wales Museum (both nowadays renamed after the 17th century Maharashtrian warlord, Shivaji). Nearby, the vast High Court and University buildings line the palm-fringed Maidans, where cricketers in their whites play through the afternoons as commuters stream home through Churchgate Station.

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Day 2

Registration for the Maharajas’ Express takes place at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Colaba, directly opposite the Gateway of India, from where you’ll be transferred to Chhatrapati Shivaji Station (formerly ‘Victoria Terminus’) ahead of the 10.50 departure for Udaipur. Lunch and dinner will be on board. Overnight onboard the train

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.

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Day 3

Breakfast will be served on board before arriving in Udaipur. You’ll begin your sightseeing with a boat tour of Lake Pichola and a tour of the resplendent City Palace. Lunch will be enjoyed in the Satkar Hall of the beautiful lakeside Fathe Prakash Palace, before returning to the train for an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively you can join one of the optional activities on offer. The train will depart Udaipur at 8pm. Overnight onboard the train.

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 is the palace interiors, where treasures from the royal collection are displayed amid a backdrop of ornate Rajput murals, mirrorwork and mosaics.

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Day 4

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before arriving in Jodhpur mid-morning. Your lunch will be onboard the train, after which you visit the famous blue-painted house of the city's old quarter and spectacular Mehrangarh Fort. You’ll have ample time to explore the city by tuk-tuk and on foot before cocktails and dinner at a genuine Rajput palace. Overnight onboard the train.

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.

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Day 5

After a leisurely breakfast, your long journey stops at the desert citadel of Bikaner. Spend the morning relaxing onboard or choose from one of the optional activities. Lunch will be onboard before visiting Junagarh Fort and the beautifully painted houses of the city. Your evening will begin with a sunset cocktail on the sand dunes followed by an exclusive open-air barbeque in the Thar desert, in traditional style, with live folk music, song and dance. Overnight on board the train.

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. An unassailable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh, the formidable structure is encircled by a moat, but on the inside, you will find overwhelming beauty in the Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal.

Later, experience the royal pageantry as a convoy of camel carts accompanied by musicians takes you for a Sundowner on the Sand Dunes, followed by an exclusive open-air barbeque in the Thar desert, in traditional style, with live folk music, song and dance. Overnight on board the train.

Return to the comfort of your train by 9 p.m. for an overnight on board.

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Day 6

As you breakfast, the train pulls into the vibrant and colourful 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, where you will be welcomed in a grand traditional style before being driven to the outskirts of Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to explore the fabulous Amber Fort, a sprawling complex of courtyards and halls perched high up at a vantage point on a hillock. After lunch at Rambagh Palace Hotel, return to the train to relax onboard or join one of the optional activities. Overnight onboard the train.

The Amber Fort rises from a craggy escarpment on the city's outskirts. The ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Rajput fortress palaces encompasses a wonderland of sumptuously decorated halls, pavilions, ornamental entranceways and gardens, all enlivened by intricate mirrorwork and mosaic. Built in red sandstone and white marble by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh, the rugged, forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture.

A short jeep ride takes you up to the fort, where you will enjoy a tour of the royal apartments and striking views of the gorge below. Step back into the Mughal era as you enter the Chamber of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal) and the Hall of Victory. Before leaving the Fort, our guide will help you explore the village below the fort, where an ancient, beautiful old stepwell offers a worthwhile detour or the nearby stands Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, where you can admire fine antique fabrics and watch block printers in action.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the world-famous Rambagh Palace Hotel. Built in 1835, the place remained the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur until 1957, when it was converted into a luxury hotel. Even today, it retains much of its original royal splendour and showcases the living style of the Maharaja at its most elegant.  You can choose to relax at the hotel for the afternoon or enjoy further sightseeing of the city, returning to the train for dinner.

Overnight on board the train.

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Day 7
Ranthambore–Fatehpur Sikri

This morning your butler will awaken you with tea and toast before you head out for an early morning game drive into the Ranthambore National Park. The first of India's many National Parks and an outstanding example of conservation aiming to protect the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. You return to the train for a much-needed breakfast on board as the train hurtles toward your next excursion, the remarkable abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Your dinner will be on board the train as you arrive into Agra.

Ranthambore National Park was created in the 1970s to spearhead 'The Save the Tiger Project' and remains a shining example of conservation. As a result of this and several subsequent National Parks, India's Tiger population in the wild has grown from under 1,000 in 1970 to over 4,500 today.   

The park lies on the margins of the Aravalli range of hills amid a tract of dry deciduous forests and grassland and offers the perfect terrain for these magnificent animals. Close to the park entrance sits a long flight of stone steps that winds up to the ramparts of a medieval fort, affording fine views over the reserve and its much-photographed lake. On your search for the Tiger, you will also get to see several other animals, including Sambar deer, Chital, Hyena and wild Boar and the elusive Nilgai, a blue-hued cow.  Around eighty Tigers currently survive in reserve, and your chances of spotting one here are better than average.

On return to the train, you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast as the train travels towards Emperor Akbar's spectacular former capital, which he abandoned shortly after, as local wells ran dry.  It remains beautifully preserved, in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago.

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Day 8

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 at the Taj Khema overlooking the Taj Mahal. The onward journey to Delhi takes around four hours, where your rail journey ends. A TransIndus representative will receive you and transfer you to your Delhi Hotel for the night.

Today's early morning visit focuses on the Taj Mahal, the Jewel of India and one of the world's great architectural wonders.  Among the first to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, the mausoleum was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife of Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632. Crafted entirely of white marble and decorated in elaborate geometric forms, screens cut out of solid marble and delicate pietre dure inlay work showcasing elaborate plants, flowers and fruit, so admired by the Empress, the Taj Mahal is so perfect in its geometry and artistically accomplished that it took 22 years and over 20,000 craftsmen to complete.

You will have plenty of time at the Taj Mahal before heading for breakfast at a nearby restaurant, where you can continue gazing at the magnificent Taj Mahal. 

Later, you return to the train and continue your journey to Delhi, where the Rail Journey ends. A TransIndus representative will receive you and either transfer you to the international airport for your return journey home or to a Delhi Hotel for further arrangements as booked.

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Day 9
Delhi, UK

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the international airport for your return flight home.

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Tailor-made Tour 9 days from £8275 per person

What's included

✓ 7 nights’ onboard 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 using air-conditioned luxury vehicles

✓  Expert English-speaking guides and tour directors throughout

✓  Entrance fees to sites and monuments featured

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

✓   International Flights: We will be happy to organise international flights departing Heathrow, in economy or business class at a supplementary cost. Flight duration 8 hours.


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