Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £7575 per person

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  Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai

Designed to recreate the elegance, exuberance and opulent style of the Indian Maharajas, The Maharajas' Express Luxury Trains 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 in which you remain in your luxurious apartment and yet explore the coutnry, eliminating 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, making it ideal for honeymoons and those special celebratory ocassions.

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, dvd's etc.

Sightseeing excursions in the places visited are conducted in the company of local specialist guides but if want to realx at a spa or do a spot of shopping, that too can be arranged.

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Holidays by Train Cultural Tours Family Holidays Honeymoons in Asia

 

Suggested itinerary

Day 1
UK, 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 represntative 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
Delhi-Agra

Following a leisurley 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
Taj Mahal, Agra & Ranthambore

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
Bikaner

After a leisurly breakfast and lunch onboard, our long journey comes to a halt at the dessert city of Bikaner where you disembark to explore fascinating Junagarh Fort and the beautifully painted houses of the city. Your evening today will begin with a sunset cocktail on the sand dunes followed of the Thar desert by an exclusive open-air barbeque in traditional style, with live performances by Rajasthani folk musicians, singers and dancers. We return to train for the night as it makes it way to Jodhpur.

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
Jodhpur

Today we focus on the 'Blue City of Jodhpur' with a walking tour of the city to see the traditional blue houses close up and visit the Old Clock Tower and market. Later we proceed to the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest, most impressive and heavily fortified citadels of Rajasthan. You'll have plenty of time to explore th Jodhpur before meeting up for dinner at an exclusive city venue and returing to the train and the onward journey to Udaipur.

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 8
Udaipur

After an onboard breakfast you head into Udaipur, the shimmering city of a thousand lakes and of course the Lake Palace. Starting with a boat ride on the Lake Pichola you go onto explore the resplendent City Palace. You lunch in the city at a beautiful restaraunt and will have time in the afternoon to explore more of the city and its numerous bazaars at lesiure and return to the train in time for dinner as it winds its way to Mumbai.

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 9
Mumbai

Much of the day today is spent on board the train with both breakfast and lunch both on board, and plenty of time to orgnaise yourself for disembarking in Mumbai late afternoon. You will be met on arrival by an exclusive Transindus representative who will escort you to the Taj Mahal Hotel for your final night in India at this iconic hotel.

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 10
Mumbai, UK

Depending on the time of your return flight you may be able to explore soem of the most prominent site of Mumbai at your leisure before boardign your return flgiht home. Should you wish to extend your journey in Mumbai, we will be happy to offer a quotation.

Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £7575 per person


What's included

✓  6 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

✓  Meal Plan: Full Board A'le carte service onboard the train and Bed & Breakfast in the cities

✓  International flights 

 

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