Welcome aboard the Maharajas' Express. This evening, assemble at Safdarjung Station at 2030 hrs and complete your registration and check in formalities for the Maharajas' Express. On arrival, you will be greeted with a welcome drink on board the Maharajas' Express. The Maharajas' Express departs Delhi at approximately 2200 hrs to Agra. Dinner at hotel. Overnight on Maharaja's Express.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, it is a maze of courtyards and lavish private chambers which reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Visit the Diwan-e-aam (House of Commons) and royal pavilions like the Shah Jahani Mahal. Wander through lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and alcoves glimpsing the Taj Mahal in the distance. Head to the Taj Khema, a tableland overlooking the Taj Mahal where colourful â€˜khemas' (decorated tents) are set up for a romantic Champagne Lunch. Continue on a visit to the Taj Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This incomparable marvel is constructed entirely out of white marble and is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful inlay work. Enjoy shopping at Agra, famous for its marble and soapstone inlay work. Rejoin the train and continue your eventful journey to Ranthambore. Dinner and Overnight on board.
On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, get ready for a jeep safari to the Ranthambore National Park. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1973. It is famous for its open sightings of tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard.
After breakfast at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, return to the train to relax and unwind as your journey continues to Jaipur. Enjoy a hearty lunch on board.
The capital city of Jaipur is truly a pristine jewel in the crown of the desert state of Rajasthan. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jaipur is renowned for its magnificent palaces, forts and temples. Your tour of Jaipur begins with a visit to Amber Fort. Situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, this fort palace is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Moat Lake. A short jeep ride takes you up to the fort where you will enjoy a tour of the royal apartments, with striking views of the gorge. Step back into the Mughal era as you enter the Chamber of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), and the Hall of Victory. Continue by jeep to the romantic hamlet of Kukas for a unique and enthralling experience â€“ an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. Your arrival will be accompanied by the royal military band and the beating of â€˜Nagadas' (huge Indian drums). You have the option to watch or participate in an exhibition game. After the match, enjoy a champagne and dinner.Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey.
Following a leisurely breakfast, set out to explore the desert kingdom of Bikaner. The medieval city of Bikaner was once a major centre in the cross desert caravan trade. Start your tour by visiting the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. While the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat, its real beauty lies inside. Be overwhelmed by the Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal. The Fort Museum is fascinating and adorned with over the-top costumes and jewellery. Continue for an extravagant lunch to a majestic palace sprawled like an oasis in the midst of the desert region. In the late afternoon get an up close glimpse into rural India as you are escorted through the surrounding village. Experience the royal pageantry as a convoy of decorated canopied camel carts accompanied by musicians takes you for a Sundowner in the Sand Dunes. Enjoy champagne as traditional folk artists like the Langaas and Kalbeliyas mesmerise you with typical Rajasthani folk tunes and dances. Return to your train and enjoy a sumptuous meal on board. Dinner and Overnight on board.
The morning is at leisure on board OR you may participate in one of the optional tours. Embark on a village safari, where you will have the opportunity to visit a weaver's village, potters village and a Bishnoi village considered to be the oldest living environmentalists in the world. Catch a glimpse of their lifestyles and creative skills passed down through generations remaining within the family and community OR enjoy spa facilities at a hotel.
Following lunch on board, disembark and explore the erstwhile capital of Marwar - Jodhpur. Set like a jewel amidst the golden sands and famous for its magnificent forts and palaces from the Rajput era, it is home to some of the finest architectural wonders. Proceed on a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower market experiencing the hustle and bustle of the market as well as get an insight of the daily lifestyle of the local residents as you walk through a section of the blue city, past some of the oldest houses and havelis.
Continue to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. Admire the intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches. Tour the palaces and temples built by successive rulers, with priceless jewels and a dazzling collection of arms. The highlight of the day is a Royal Cocktail evening with a wide array of sumptuous Marwar Culinary delights served in the Royal courtyard of Meherangarh Fort as you admire the cityscape from atop. Return to the train and continue your journey to picturesque Udaipur.
Arrive Udaipur. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast Disembark the train as you begin your visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas. Visit Mor Chowk and see its lavish mosaics of peacocks; Moti Mahal with beautiful mirror work; Chini Mahal covered in ornamental tiles and the spectacular Zenana Mahal. Feel like a king as you experience the hospitality at the Durbar Hall reminiscent of the ancient Mewar glory. Feast your taste buds over a vast spread of International cuisine. Following lunch return to the train for a relaxed afternoon on board OR you have the option of enjoying spa facilities in a palace hotel. Later in the afternoon, you may if you wish, proceed for a â€˜Walking Tour' through the Old Market of Udaipur. Browse through shops selling exquisitely embroidered and printed fabrics, jewellery, paintings, carved wood artefacts and other local crafts.
Return to the luxury of the train and look forward to another exciting journey. Dinner and Overnight on board.
Early this morning, arrive Vadodara. After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the city's highlights. Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums. Begin your tour with the World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, an ancient town full of ruins scattered over the foothills of Pavagadh. The Pavagadh hill is one of the oldest rock formations in India. Visit the magnificent Jami Masjid, an architectural marvel built in 1513 with tall minarets and minutely carved gates. Followed by the Kewda Masjid and the Nagina Masjid. Enjoy lunch at the ancient Jambughoda Palace and enjoy the hospitality of the feudal family who own this vintage estate. Return to the city and proceed on a visit to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. Enjoy â€˜high tea' at the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace. Designed in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1890 is the residence of the Royal family. Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey. Dinner and Overnight on board.
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark in the financial capital city of Mumbai. Bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express and proceed on a tour unravelling the mysteries of this metropolis. Feast your taste buds over a scrumptious lunch as your â€˜Royal India' journey comes to an end. The royal journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever!
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