Places Visited: Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra & Delhi
With its opulent cabins and exceptionally well designed itineraries, the Maharajas’ Express is the gold-standard among India’s luxury trains, and this route is one of our all-time favourites. Starting in Mumbai and ending Delhi, it crosses Rajasthan via the same ‘Golden Triangle’ itinerary as former newscaster, Trevor MacDonald, followed for his ITV travel documentary in 2019.
In addition to the Taj Mahal, highlights covered in the 10-day trip include the lakeside city of Udaipur, the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur and ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. You also get to visit the famous tiger reserve at Ranthambore and, of course, the great Mughal monuments of the Indian capital.
The train itself is truly the stuff of dreams. Nearly half-a-mile long with 23 glittering carriages and 40 spacious cabins and suites, it was designed to re-create the feel of the colonial era, when India’s princely rulers used to travel around the country in their own specially crafted locomotives, complete with retinues of liveried servants and gourmet dining cars.
We’ve been devising trips based on this Maharajas’ Express route since its launch just under a decade ago, and our clients have always returned thrilled by the variety of sights covered and fabulous experience of travelling on India’s most luxurious train. Watching the bucolic sights of rural Rajasthan glide past your window as you sip a gin and tonic really is an experience hard to top!