10 days from £ 6695 per person
Places Visited: Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Sarnath, Varanasi, Lucknow
This is the crème de la crème of India’s royal train rides, featuring the most luxurious cabins and modern rolling stock.The train has five deluxe carriages, six junior suite carriages, two suite carriages, and one presidential suite exclusively in one carriage.
All passenger cabins come with individual temperature controls, as well as LCD televisions, DVD players, direct dial telephone and internet.
The train has two fine dining restaurants that seat 42 persons, where wines and beer are also served. An exotic Safari Bar with the choicest collection of house brands of wines, beer and spirits with snacks are complimentary to every passenger. There is also a lounge cum bar, Raja Club, with comfortable chairs, not to mention a high-end boutique featuring exquisite and unique creations.
Fly from the UK to Delhi.
Transfer from your hotel to the train station and board the Maharajas' Express. Depart for Jaipur
After breakfast on board, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. An elephant (alternatively by jeep) will spare you the trouble of reaching the fort. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. After exploring the fort you will also have time to enjoy an elephant polo match. After lunch, you can take an optional tour for shopping or sightseeing to the City Palace complex and Jantar Mantar observatory. Alternatively, choose to play golf or indulge in a rejuvenating spa session.
Ranthambore National Park, Fatehpur Sikri
Near the town of Sawai Madhopur, in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger’s efforts at conservation in the country. As a result of the stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. You will go into the park in the morning afternoon – the optimum time of day for game viewing. After the game drive you will return to the train for brunch and travel to your next destination, Fatehpur Sikri. This spectacular former capital city was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition.
One of the world's great monuments, the Taj Mahal was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife. This mausoleum, built entirely of white marble is decorated with elaborate geometric forms and inlay work that showcases plants, flower and fruit motifs. You will have plenty of time to explore this fabulous building before returning to the train for your onward journey. Return to the train for lunch and continue onwards to Gwalior to visit the mighty 8th Century Gwalior Fort and the Jas Vilas Palace museum. High tea will be served in the grounds of the Jas Vilas Palace.
On arriving in Orchha you will embark on a sightseeing tour before continuing on to Khajuraho. Orchha is a sleepy little town on the banks of the Betwa River and home to an imposing palace and some fascinating temples. The view of the temples from the far bank of the river is excellent! After your tour of Orccha you will re-board the train and head for Khajuraho. Lunch will be served on board. The Khajuraho temples are a symbol of architectural grandeur and magnificence, thanks to their exceptional stone construction, intricate carvings and idols. While the temples reflect medieval Indian society and traditions, they are mainly known for the erotic art and sensuous figures that adorn the walls of several shrines. On your guided sightseeing tour you will visit the more significant temples before returning to the train.
This morning you will visit Sarnath, located around 10km from Varanasi. Buddha came to Sarnath, 10km northeast of Varanasi, to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Modern day Sarnath is a green and peaceful place to spend some time and, along with the Buddhist ruins and monasteries, there is an excellent museum. After lunch you will first visit the Varanasi Silk Centre. Afterwards enjoy an afternoon boat ride along the Ganges. The views of the many ghats and temples from the river is truly astonishing, and you really will feel the strong sense of religious significance as you witness people at prayer and performing their ablutions in the sacred river.
In the morning visit the Residency Complex, site of the infamous siege of 1857 which was one of the first revolts against the British authorities. We also visit the Dilkusha Gardens and La Martinière university. Continue our sightseeing tour of the city with visits to the Islamic Imambara shrine and Romi Darwaja city gate. Round off the day exploring Lucknow's colourful bazaars.
Disembark the Maharajas' Express and transfer to your Delhi hotel for a night.
Return flight to the UK.
10 days from £ 6695 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 8 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Full board on the train, breakfast in Delhi and Mumbai
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
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