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Maharajas Express

The Train

The train comprises of 24 carriages, including accommodation, dinning, bar, lounge, generators and store cars. The carriages and public area on the train are fitted with panoramic windows to offer views of rolling landscape as the train passes through some of the fascinating landscapes and countryside of India. Each carriage is designed to recreate the opulence of maharaja life style.

The train offers world class facilities such as hydraulic cabins with individual temperature controlled panels, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi Internet, DVD players and Plasma TV.

Flagged off in 2010, it was voted as best luxury train in the world for 2012 and 2013, operating from October to April the Maharaja Express is one of the most expensive trains in Asia. The train comprises of 24 carriages, including accommodation, dinning, bar, lounge, generators and store cars. The carriages and public area on the train are fitted with panoramic windows to offer views of rolling landscape as the train passes through some of the fascinating landscapes and countryside of India. Each carriage is designed to recreate the opulence of maharaja life style.

The train offers world class facilities such as hydraulic cabins with individual temperature controlled panels, en-suite bathrooms, wi-fi internet, DVD players and Plasma TV. Complimentary in-house beverages and multi-cuisine restaurant cars with a comfortable lounge make a perfect experience to relax after exploring the wonders that is India, every day.

General Information

Cabin Configuration

Cabin Category

Cabin Area (Sq. Ft)

Twin Beds

Double Beds

Total Cabins / Suites

Passenger Capacity

Details

Cabin Names

Deluxe

112

15

5

20

40

Attached Bath

Hakik, Feroza, Katela, Beruz, Pitoniya

Junior Suite

150

12

6

18

36

Writing Table + Attached Bath

Moti, Panna, Manik, Gomed, Moonga, Pukhraj

Suite

220

4

4

8

Living Room + Bed Room + Attached bath with bath tub.

Heera, Neelam

Presidential Suite

448

1

4

Two Bedrooms + Two attached bath(1 with bath tub) + A living / dining room.

Navratna

Total

43

88

Maharajas' Dining

A royal banquet for royal passengers, the Maharajas' Express has two fine dining restaurants Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal, that seat 42 persons each and everyone on board dines together. House wines and beer served whilst dining comes complimentary, of course.

Maharajas' Bar And Lounges

Maharaja Express has two bars. A lounge bar - 'The Rajah Club' and a thematic bar – 'Safari Bar'. Both bars provide comfortable and relaxed sitting arrangements to complement the exquisite range of wines & spirits, allowing you to unwind.

Credit Cards

The Maharajas' Express accepts credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, and Amex on board. A surcharge is applicable on all payments made using credit / debit cards.

Maharajas' Transport

A range of options are available at every destination; from super deluxe coaches for Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite passengers, to cars for the Suite and Presidential Suite passengers. All equipped with complimentary sightseeing kits like bottle coolers, candies and tissues and shoe uppers. After all, when it comes to providing comfort to royals, every little detail matters. That's what the Maharajas' Express has in waiting for you when you step off.

Pre & Post Hotel Accommodation

It is highly recommended that you take a minimum of one pre and post night accommodation with your rail journey.

Journeys
Duration 3 Nights and 4 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Distance Covered

859 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi

The journey takes the guests to destinations referred as “Gems of India”. Experience the princely era and the grandeur of the erstwhile Maharajas with Maharajas’ express recreating a bygone era of indulgence and elegance. Enjoy the beauty of the ethereal Taj Mahal in Agra, spot the elusive tiger at Ranthambore National Park and experience the royal heritage of Pink City, Jaipur.

Day 1 Wed: Delhi

Report Safdarjung Railway Station at 20:30 hrs and complete check-in formalities with registration and enjoy welcome drink.

22:00 hrs: Maharajas’ Express departs from Delhi to Agra, dinner on-board.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 2 Thu: Agra

Early morning arrival to Agra, the home to magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century and most of the city's acclaimed heritage sites date back to this era. Carrying the artistic heritage of the Mughal Empire into the present day, the streets of Agra are dotted with ancient buildings existing in happy harmony with modern day shops and houses.

07:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed in an AC coach for guided morning visit to world famous Taj Mahal, a world heritage site and epitome of love, stands on the banks of the River Yamuna. Built in the 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors.

The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast, at Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal.

Following breakfast return to train or you may opt for an optional tour to Fatehpur Sikri or Itmad Ul Daula.

Lunch on board at 13:00 hrs.

After a leisurely lunch, visit Agra Fort or you may opt optional activities such as spa at a luxury hotel, private shopping tour.

Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone structure located on the banks of the Yamuna River, construction on the fort was started in 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and further additions in white marble were subsequently made up till the reign of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally built for military purposes, it was later used as a palace, and eventually even served as a prison where Shah Jahan was confined by his son Aurangzeb. The fort runs along a length of 2.5 km within enclosed walls, it encompasses several exquisite palaces such as the Shah Jahani Mahal, Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, audience halls named Diwan-E-Aam and the Diwan-E-Khas, a Fish Pavilion, the Nagina Masjid, Garden of Grapes and the Pearl Mosque.

Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express at 18:00 hrs and continue your journey to Ranthambore National Park, Dinner on board.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 3 Fri: Ranthambore - Jaipur

Early morning arrival to Sawai Madhopur.

06:30 hrs: Proceed for an exciting Game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalli’s hill range. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sighting are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boar, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.

09:30 hrs: Following the game drive return to the Maharajas Express and continue the journey to Jaipur.

10:15 hrs: Relaxed brunch on-board.

Arrival to Jaipur, founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of stones used exclusively in the walled city. Here the past comes alive in splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthan jewelry, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

14:00 hrs: Visit Amber Fort or you may opt for optional activities such as Spa facilities at a Palace Hotel or private shopping tour OR golfing at Rambagh Golf club.

Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Rajputana architecture. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex comprises Diwan-E-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-E-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", Sukh Niwas, the private chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy and Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the "Hall of Mirrors". The walls of Amber fort are adorned with paintings of hunting and war along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. The Maota Lake in the forefront of Amber fort gives spectacular and beautiful reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.

Post the fort proceed to City Palace/Jai Mahal Palace for an exclusive Elephant Activity where guests may choose to indulge to paint them, feed them or take a joy ride followed by dance performance and dinner.

21:30 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue the journey to Delhi.

Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

Day 4 Sat: Delhi

Breakfast on board as you arrive into Delhi.

Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!

Notes

  • Optional tours are chargeable and subject to availability.
  • Details and prices will be made available during the journey.
Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Distance Covered

3285 km

Destinations Covered

Mumbai-Ajanta-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Bikaner-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra–Delhi

Welcome on-board to uncover the lively commercial city of Mumbai and the national capital Delhi. Soak up the beautiful cave paintings at Ajanta, drench in the splendour at the gleaming Lake City of Udaipur, the majestic fort at Jodhpur and enjoy the sundowner cocktails on sand dunes at Bikaner. Visit Pink City of Jaipur and experience the thrill of watching the elusive tigers close to you at Ranthambore and get mystified with the breath-taking beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World 'The Taj Mahal'. All this and more as you travel on the Maharajas’ express in ultimate comfort.

Day 1 Sat: Mumbai

Traditional welcome and registration with check-informalities and service of snacks at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel at 14:30 hrs.

15:45 hrs: Transfer to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station.

16:40 hrs: The Maharajas' Express leaves for Ajanta, dinner on board.

Overnight on Maharajas' Express.

Day 2 Sun: Ajanta

Following breakfast on board, arrival to Ajanta caves near Aurangabad.

07:40 hrs: Proceed in an AC coach for guided excursion to Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site of 30 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd Century BCE to about 480 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha.

13:30 hrs: Return to the Maharajas' Express for lunch on-board as train proceeds for Udaipur.

Overnight on board.

Day 3 Mon: Udaipur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through spectacular landscapes of Aravalli Hills and arrive into Udaipur, nicknamed the “City of Lakes', Lake City or “Venice of the East” for its picturesque lakes framed by the Aravalli range. The history of Udaipur is a rich and charming tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens which reflect the varied influences of centuries past. The erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, the city was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh. From its magnificent palaces, beautiful lakes to its vibrant bazaars, the city is the apogee of romance and beauty.

10:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed for boat ride on Lake Pichola followed by visit to City Palace, a striking architectural marvel, located atop a hill overlooking Lake Pichola. The picture-perfect placing of the palace only adds to the splendour of the building, which is the largest palace in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors. The Palace has various courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, hanging gardens. Towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.

Continue to Crystal Gallery, the largest private collection of crystal in the world having the most exclusive and attractive collections of crystals. Established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877, but he died before it arrived and all crystals remain packed in the boxes for 110 years. Crystal gallery was opened for public in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Among its showcases includes fountains, dresses, dining table, mirrored table tops, washing bowls, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel encrusted carpet.

13:45 hrs: Lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace.

15:00 hrs: Return to the train for a relaxed afternoon. En-route visit a centre for Miniature Painting, a famous art form of Udaipur or you may also opt for an optional service like spa facility at a luxury hotel.

20:00 hrs: Dinner on-board as Maharajas' Express proceeds for Jodhpur.

Day 4 Tue: Jodhpur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through Thar Desert and arrives into Jodhpur, "The Sun City" founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Umaid Bhavan Palace. The city is known as the "Sun City" because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year.

09:15 hrs: The morning is free time on board or you may opt for optional activities such as village safari to Bishno village, considered to be world’s first environmentalists or you may also choose to enjoy spa facilities at a luxury hotel.

12:30 hrs: Lunch on board.

14:15 hrs: Disembark and proceed on a walking tour of Clock Tower Market and experience the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of the market. Narrow winding lanes and crowded alleys sell everything from vegetables, spices and sweets to silver and handicrafts.

Continue to magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a 150 metre high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, temples and so on or you may choose optional activities such as spa at a luxury hotel or visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada or private shopping tour.

17:15 hrs: Proceed for an exclusive Royal cocktail dinner at Hanwant Mahal. En-route you have an opportunity to visit a local handicraft store.

20:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to Bikaner.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 5 Wed: Bikaner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through Desert and enters Bikaner, the royal fortified city with a timeless appeal was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika Ji, a Rajput prince. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle. Popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 km wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th Century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque.

10:00 hrs: Relax on board or you may opt optional activities such as visit to the Lalgarh Museum displaying royal heritage of Bikaner or an excursion to Karni mata temple in Deshnok also known as “The Rat Temple”. The temple complex has many rates swarming the courtyard.

13:00 hrs: Lunch on board.

14:00 hrs: Following lunch, visit Junagarh Fort constructed in 1593 by Raja Raj Singh. The construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The fort is spread over a sprawling area that is bounded by 986 metre long wall and comprises 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. Unlike other forts, this fort was not built on an elevated platform but at a ground level. Among the noteworthy attractions within the Junagarh Fort include, Anup Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Badal Mahal, Diwan-E-Khas, Dungar Mahal, Ganga Mahal and Rang Mahal.

16:00 hrs: From Junagarh Fort, proceed for sundowners at the sand dunes with tea break en-rote at Gajner Palace.

20:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, dinner on board and continue your journey to Jodhpur.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 6 Thu: Jaipur

After a leisurely breakfast on board arrival to Jaipur, founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of stones used exclusively in the walled city. Here the past comes alive in splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthan jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

09:30 hrs: Begin your odyssey with a visit to the Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Rajputana architecture. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex comprises Diwan-E-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-E-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", Sukh Niwas, the private chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy and Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the "Hall of Mirrors". The walls of Amber fort are adorned with paintings of hunting and war along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. The Maota Lake in the forefront of Amber fort gives spectacular and beautiful reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort palace.

11:30 hrs: Start the exciting tour of pink city with a unique and alluring – exhibition Elephant polo matches and experiences a royal welcome at Jai Mahal Palace hotel. You may choose to watch the Elephant Polo match or participate in the exhibition game. Following match enjoy a Champagne lunch at Jai Mahal Palace hotel.

15:00 hrs: Visit City palace and The Observatoryor enjoyprivate shopping tour OR golfing at Rambagh Golf club or spa at a luxury hotel.

18:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express, following dinner on board continue your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore).

Overnight on Maharajas' Express.

Day 7 Fri: Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri

Early morning arrival to Sawai Madhopur.

06:30 hrs: Proceed for an exciting Game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalli’s hill range. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sighting are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boar, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.

09:30 hrs: Following the game drive return to Maharajas’ Express.

10:15 hrs: Relaxed brunch on-board as the train proceeds for Fatehpur Sikri.

15:15 hrs: Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar, impressed by the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti’s divine prediction of an heir to the Mughal Empire, decided to construct a beautiful walled city complex in his honour. This stunning complex which took almost fifteen years to complete and served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is not just a monument but a huge land comprising of royal palaces, courts and much more. Some important attractions in Fatehpur Sikri are

Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world and it is the main entrance to the palace at Fatehpur Sikri.

Diwan-E-Aam is a common hall for the audience. All public meetings and gatherings were held here.

Diwan-E-Khas is a hall for private audience. It is said that this is the place where Akbar held all of his private meetings and other proceedings.

Jodha Bai’s Palace, dedicated to Akbar’s Rajput wife Jodha Bai. This palace is the largest with several Hindu architectural styles which suggest that the Palace has been occupied by a Hindu lady.

Seikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb: It is a marvel tomb inside Fatehpur Sikri. Mughal Emperor Akbar had no sons and so he went to Seikh Salim Chisti, whose blessings gave him three sons. As a mark of honour to the saint, Akbar built his tomb inside the city.

18:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, enjoy an "Indian Evening" followed by dinner on-board.

Overnight stay on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 8 Sat: Agra-Delhi

Early morning arrival to Agra, the home to magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century and most of the city's acclaimed heritage sites date back to this era. Carrying the artistic heritage of the Mughal Empire into the present day, the streets of Agra are dotted with ancient buildings existing in happy harmony with modern day shops and houses.

07:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed in an AC coach for guided visit to world famous Taj Mahal, a world heritage site and epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. Built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors.

The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast, at Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal.

10:45 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express, lunch on board as the train proceeds for Delhi.

15:30 hrs: Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end.

Notes

  • Optional tours are chargeable and subject to availability.
  • Details and prices will be made available during the journey.
Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Distance Covered

2307 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Fatehpur-Sikri-Agra-Gwalior-Orchha-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Lucknow–Delhi

Embark on the journey that lets you unravel a multitude of experiences along the varied tapestry of the Indian landscape. Get set for a tornado of experiences taking you across the Holy Ganges in the sacred city of Varanasi, soak in the beauty of Taj Mahal, feel the sensuousness at the World Heritage site of Khajuraho. Brace yourself to fall in love with the royal finery at Lucknow, the city of Nawabs and set your heart racing at the glimpse of the majestic tigers in the hinterlands of the Ranthambore National Park.

Day 1 Sat: Delhi - Jaipur

Report Safdarjung Railway Station at 20:30 hrs and complete check-in formalities with registration and enjoy welcome drink.

22:00 hrs: The Maharaja express departs from Delhi for Jaipur, dinner on board.

Overnight stay on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 2 Sun: Jaipur

Arrival to Jaipur, founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of stones used exclusively in the walled city. Here the past comes alive in splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthan jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

10:00 hrs: Proceed in an AC coach for guided visit to the Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Rajputana architecture. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex comprises Diwan-E-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-E-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", Sukh Niwas, the private chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy and Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the "Hall of Mirrors". The walls of Amber fort are adorned with paintings of hunting and war along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. The Maota Lake in the forefront of Amber fort gives spectacular and beautiful reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.

12:30 hrs: Proceed for exhibition Elephant Polo match followed by Champagne lunch at the City Palace. You may choose to watch or participate in the Polo match.

Post lunch visit the Sawai Mansingh II Museum within the City Palace complex

16:00 hrs: Return to the Maharajas' Express to relax or you may opt optional activities such as spa facilities at a luxury hotel or private shopping tour or Golfing at Rambagh Golf Club or visit to Jantar Mantar (observatory), Hawa Mahal and Birla Temple.

20:00 hrs: Dinner on-board

21:30 hrs: Maharajas' Express leaves for Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore).

Overnight stay on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 3 Mon: Ranthambore - Fatehpursikri

Early morning arrival to Sawai Madhopur.

06:30 hrs: Proceed for an exciting Game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalis hill range. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sighting are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boar, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.

09:30 hrs: Following the game drive return to Maharajas’ Express.

10:15 hrs: Relaxed brunch on-board as the train proceeds for Fatehpur Sikri.

15:15 hrs: Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar, impressed by the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti’s divine prediction of an heir to the Mughal Empire, decided to construct a beautiful walled city complex in his honour. This stunning complex which took almost fifteen years to complete and served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. It is not just a monument but a huge land comprising of royal palaces, courts and much more. Some important attractions in Fatehpur Sikri are

Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world and it is the main entrance to the palace at Fatehpur Sikri.

Diwan-E-Aam is a common hall for the audience. All public meetings and gatherings were held here.

Diwan-E-Khas is a hall for private audience. It is said that this is the place where Akbar held all of his private meetings and other proceedings.

Jodha Bai’s Palace, dedicated to Akbar’s Rajput wife Jodha Bai. This palace is the largest with several Hindu architectural styles which suggest that the Palace has been occupied by a Hindu lady.

Sheikh Salim Chisti’s Tomb: It is a marvel tomb inside Fatehpur Sikri. Mughal Emperor Akbar had no sons and so he went to Sheikh Salim Chisti, whose blessings gave him three sons. As a mark of honour to the saint, Akbar built his tomb inside the city.

18:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, enjoy an "Indian Evening" followed by dinner on-board.

Overnight stay on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 4 Tue: Agra-Gwalior

Early morning arrival to Agra, the home to magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century and most of the city's acclaimed heritage sites date back to this era. Carrying the artistic heritage of the Mughal Empire into the present day, the streets of Agra are dotted with ancient buildings existing in happy harmony with modern day shops and houses.

07:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed for morning visit to world famous Taj Mahal, a world heritage site and epitome of love, stands on the banks of the River Yamuna. Built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors.

The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast, at Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal.

10:45 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express. En-route you have an opportunity to witness Pietra Dura Marble Inlay Work.

12:00 hrs: Maharajas' Express proceeds for Gwalior, lunch on-board.

14:00 hrs: Arrival to Gwalior, a city famous for its ancient temples, impressive fort and alluring monuments. Gwalior is one of the oldest gharanas or schools of Hindustani classical music. The city is the final resting place of Tansen, the musical genius and one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court.

14:15 hrs: Proceed in an AC coach for guided visit to Gwalior Fort, Saas Bahu Temple and Jain Cave sculptures or you may choose to avail Spa facilities at hotel Usha Kiran Palace.

Gwalior Fort was built by Raja Man Singh Tomar in 15th Century. Standing on a steep mass of sandstone dominating the city and is its most magnificent monument. The fort encloses three temples, six palaces and numerous water tanks. At a point of time Gwalior fort was regarded as North and Central India's most invincible fortress. It has been the centre of momentous events in the history of India - battles, Jauhars, imprisonment.

18:00 hrs: Visit Jai Vilas Palace Museum, one of the most opulent buildings blending Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles of architecture. Built by the Scindias in the late 19th Century, Jai Vilas Palace Museum houses beautiful art work brought in from all around the world.

19:30 hrs: Hi-tea at Jai Vilas Palace Museum

21:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, dinner on board.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 5 Thu: Orchha – Khajuraho

Following breakfast on board, arrival at Jhansi Railway Station.

Disembark and proceed in an AC coach for guided visit to Orchha, a small hamlet lying along the Betwa River established by Maharaja Rudra PRATAP Singh in 1501. Its magnificent temples, palaces and chhatris reveal sepia-tinted tales of regal splendour, devotion and love.

Visit The Orchha Fort, consisting of several connected buildings erected at different times. The tiered Jahangir Mahal was built in 1606 to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jahangir in 1606. The Raj Mahal, to the right of the courtyard, was built by Madhukar Shah and has bold colourful murals inside. The third palace is the Rai Praveen Mahal, a two story brick structure set in the gardens of Anand Mahal.

Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, lunch on board and continue your journey to Khajuraho.

15:00 hrs: Arrival to Khajuraho, a famous tourist and archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs. The beautiful temples that dot the town of Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in 9th and 10th Century AD.

The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic. Made of sandstone blocks fitted together, the temples are aligned east-west. For convenience, these may be divided into western, eastern, and southern groups of temples.

Visit “Western Group Temples” the most important temples in Khajuraho.

The Kandariya Mahadeva dedicated to Lord Shiva is the largest temple in Khajuraho. Kandariya Mahadeva Temple and Chausath-Yogini Temple in western group of Khajuraho temples are made of fine grained sandstone pink or pale yellow in colour.

Chausath Yogini temple is the only temple built in granite, quadrangular in shape and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Devi Jagdamba Temple located towards the north of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is a temple dedicated to Vishnu and is famous for sculptures depicting mithunas in various positions.

18:00 hrs: Following sightseeing, proceed to Kandariya Shilpgram and enjoy Dances of India show or you may opt spa facility at a luxury hotel.

20:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express, dinner on-board and continue your journey to Varanasi.

Day 6 Fri: Varanasi

08:00 hrs: Breakfast on board.

12:00 hrs: Arrival to the holy city of Varanasi, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world along the western bank of the Ganges. According to the historians, the city was founded some ten centuries before the birth of Christ. The city is mentioned in Holy Scriptures like “Vamana Purana', Buddhist texts and in the epic “Mahabharata'. Mark Twain, the English author and litterateur, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote: "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

12:30 hrs: Visit silk weaving centre

13:30 hrs: Proceed for lunch at Taj Gateway hotel.

15:00 hrs: Proceed in an AC coach for guided visit to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Now an archaeological site, Sarnath sits on the sprawling landscaped garden with a Stupa in the middle. Ashoka built here the Dharmarajika Stupa and near it erected a pillar surmounted by the magnificent capital of four adorned Lions, which today forms the national emblem of India. Dotted with Buddhist temples and monasteries, Sarnath has also yielded an extremely rich collection of Buddhist sculptures comprising of numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images which can be seen at Archaeological Museum, Sarnath.

17:30 hrs: The ceremony takes about 45 min. At the end of the ceremony, many people will float small lamps made from earth clay and a lit candle in the river to ask for blessings.

20:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express. Dinner on-board and continue your journey to Lucknow.

Day 7 Sat: Lucknow

Arrival to Lucknow.

08:15 hrs: After breakfast on-board, proceed in an AC coach for guided sightseeing tour of Lucknow visiting Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and The Residency.

13:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express for lunch. En-route visit a local store for Chikankari, the famous embroidery form originated in Lucknow.

17:15 hrs: Proceed for an "Indian Evening" with dinner at the residence of Raja of Jehangirabad.

21:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to Delhi.

Day 8 Sun: Delhi

Breakfast on board as you arrive into Delhi.

08:30 hrs: Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!

Notes

  • Optional tours are chargeable and subject to availability.
  • Details and prices will be made available during the journey.
Duration 7 Nights and 8 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Distance Covered

2767 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore–Jaipur-Bikaner-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Balasinor-Mumbai

This trip shall take you across one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal, and the eloquent legend of eternal love. Visit the Ranthambore the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The trip to the majestic forts, palaces, vibrant bazaars would give you a peek into the life of the Maharajas of yore. Delve into the royal cuisine and experience a world of colourful, sinful but addictive dishes. We assure to make your experience with Maharajas’ Express a priceless memoir.

Day 1 Sat: Delhi

Report Safdarjung Railway Station at 20:30 hrs and complete check-in formalities with registration and enjoy welcome drink.

Maharajas’ Express departs from Delhi at 22:00 hrs to Agra, dinner on-board.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 2 Sun: Agra

Early morning arrival to Agra, the home to magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century and most of the city's acclaimed heritage sites date back to this era. Carrying the artistic heritage of the Mughal Empire into the present day, the streets of Agra are dotted with ancient buildings existing in happy harmony with modern day shops and houses.

07:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed in a coach for guided morning visit to world famous Taj Mahal, a world heritage site and epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. Built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors.

The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast, at Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal.

Following breakfast return to train or you may opt an optional tour to Fatehpur Sikri or Itmad Ul Daula.

Lunch on board at 13:00 hrs.

After a leisurely lunch, visit Agra Fort or you may opt for optional activities such as spa at a luxury hotel, private shopping tour.

Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone structure located on the banks of the Yamuna River, construction on the fort was started in 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and further additions in white marble were subsequently made up till the reign of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally built for military purposes, it was later used as a palace, and eventually even served as a prison where Shah Jahan was confined by his son Aurangzeb. The fort runs along a length of 2.5 km within enclosed walls, it encompasses several exquisite palaces such as the Shah Jahani Mahal, Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, audience halls named Diwan-E-Aam and the Diwan-E-Khas, a Fish Pavilion, the Nagina Masjid, Garden of Grapes and the Pearl Mosque.

18:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to Ranthambore National Park, dinner on board.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 3 Mon: Ranthambore - Jaipur

Early morning arrival to Sawai Madhopur.

06:30 hrs: Proceed for an exciting Game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalli’s hill range. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sighting are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boar, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.

09:30 hrs: Following the game drive return to Maharajas’ Express.

10:15 hrs: Relaxed brunch on-board as the train proceeds for Jaipur.

13:40 hrs: Arrival to Jaipur, founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of stones used exclusively in the walled city. Here the past comes alive in splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

14:00 hrs: Visit Amber Fort or you may opt for optional activities such as spa facilities at a Palace Hotel or private shopping tour OR golfing at Rambagh Golf club.

Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Rajputana architecture. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex comprises Diwan-E-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-E-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", Sukh Niwas, the private chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy and Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the "Hall of Mirrors". The walls of Amber fort are adorned with paintings of hunting and war along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. The Maota Lake in the forefront of Amber fort gives spectacular and beautiful reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.

18:30 hrs: Proceed for exhibition Elephant Polo match followed by dinner at the City Palace. You may choose to watch or participate in the Polo match.

21:30 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue the journey to Bikaner.

Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

Day 4 Tue: Bikaner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through Desert and enters Bikaner, the royal fortified city with a timeless appeal was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika Ji, a Rajput prince. Lying in the north of the Desert State, the city is dotted with many sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval splendour that pervades the city's lifestyle. Popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. The city stands on an elevation, enclosed by a 7 km wall, which can be entered from 5 gates. Bikaner City is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th Century fort housing old palaces, temples and mosque.

10:00 hrs: Relax on board or you may opt optional activities such as visit to the Lalgarh Museum displaying royal heritage of Bikaner or an excursion to Karni mata temple in Deshnok also known as “The Rat Temple”. The temple complex has many rates swarming the courtyard.

13:00 hrs: Lunch on board.

14:00 hrs: Following lunch, Visit Junagarh Fort constructed in 1593 by Raja Raj Singh. The construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The fort is spread over a sprawling area that is bounded by 986 meters long wall and comprises 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. Unlike other forts, this fort was not built on an elevated platform but at a ground level. Among the noteworthy attractions within the Junagarh Fort include, Anup Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Phool Mahal, Badal Mahal, Diwan-E-Khas, Dungar Mahal, Ganga Mahal and Rang Mahal.

16:00 hrs: From Junagarh Fort proceed for sundowners at the sand dunes, en-route tea break at Gajner Palace.

20:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, dinner on board and continue your journey to Jodhpur.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 5 Thu: Jodhpur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through Thar Desert and arrive into Jodhpur, "The Sun City" founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Umaid Bhavan Palace. The city is known as the "Sun City" because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year.

09:15 hrs: Free time on board in the morning or you may opt optional activities such as village safari to Bishno village, considered to be world’s first environmentalists or you may also choose to enjoy spa facilities at a luxury hotel.

12:30 hrs: Lunch on board.

14:15 hrs: Disembark and proceed on a walking tour of Clock Tower Market and experience the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of the Market. Narrow winding lanes and crowded alleys sell everything from vegetables, spices and sweets to silver and handicrafts.

Continue to magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a 150 metre high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, temples and so on or you may choose optional activities such as spa at a luxury hotel or visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada or private shopping tour.

17:15 hrs: Proceed for an exclusive Royal cocktail dinner with cultural performance (puppet show) at Hanwant Mahal followed by fireworks.

20:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to Udaipur.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 6 Fri: Udaipur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as the train passes through spectacular landscapes of Aravalli Hills and arrive into Udaipur, nicknamed the “City of Lakes', Lake City or “Venice of the East” for its picturesque lakes framed by the Aravalli range. The history of Udaipur is a rich and charming tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens which reflect the varied influences of centuries past. The erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, the city was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh. From its magnificent palaces, beautiful lakes to its vibrant bazaars, the city is the apogee of romance and beauty.

10:00 hrs: Disembark and proceed for boat ride on Lake Pichola followed by visit to City Palace, a striking architectural marvel, located atop a hill overlooking Lake Pichola. The picture-perfect placing of the palace only adds to the splendour of the building, which is the largest palace in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors. The Palace has various courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, hanging gardens. Towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.

Continue to Crystal Gallery, the largest private collection of crystal in the world having the most exclusive and attractive collections of crystals. Established by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877, but he died before it arrived and all crystals remain packed in the boxes for 110 years. Crystal gallery was opened for public in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Among its showcases includes fountains, dresses, dining table, mirrored table tops, washing bowls, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel encrusted carpet.

13:45 hrs: Lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash palace.

15:00 hrs: Return to the train for a relaxed afternoon. En-route visit a centre for Miniature Painting, a famous art form of Udaipur or you may also opt for an optional service like spa facility at a luxury hotel.

20:00 hrs: Dinner on-board as Maharajas' Express proceeds for Balasinor.

Day 7 Sat: Balasinor - Mumbai

Following breakfast on board, arrive into Balasinor, one of the largest dinosaur fossils sites in the world.

08:15 hrs: Proceed for Dinosaur Fossil Park, popularly known as the India’s Jurassic Park, Park has fossilized bones, eggs etc. of the Dinosaurs. The remains of 13 different dinosaur species have been found here and researchers have uncovered fossils of about 10,000 dinosaur eggs, making Raiyoli the third largest hatchery in the world. The park is well known as Raiyoli Dinosaur Fossil Excavation Site as it is located in the nearby Raiyoli village.

11:00 hrs: Proceed for Garden Palace, the private residence of the Royal family of Balasinor. Set amidst lush green fields and gardens the palace has been converted into a Heritage Hotel and run by the Royal family.

11:40 hrs: Grand welcome at Garden Palace, followed by lunch hosted by the Royal Family of Balasinor.

14:45 hrs: Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to Mumbai, Enjoy an "Indian Evening" followed by dinner on board.

Overnight on Maharajas’ Express.

Day 8 Sun: Mumbai

Breakfast on board as train arrives at Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.

08:30 hrs: Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!

Notes

  • Optional tours are chargeable and subject to availability.
  • Details and prices will be made available during the journey.
Duration 3 Nights and 4 Days

Operational Season

October to April

Distance Covered

859 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi

On this journey explore India’s treasures, from the timeless Taj Mahal to the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park; soak up the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan at Jaipur. With its beautifully crafted interiors and graceful hospitality, the Maharajas’ Express takes you into an age of the royals recreating a bygone era of elegance and comfort.

Day 1 Sun: Delhi - Agra

Report Safdarjung Railway Station at 08:00 hrs and complete check-in formalities with registration and enjoy welcome drink.

09:30 hrs: The Maharaja Express departs from Delhi to Agra, Brunch on board at 10:00 hrs.

Arrival to Agra at 14:05 hrs.

Agra, the home to magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city rose to prominence as the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century and most of the city's acclaimed heritage sites date back to this era. Carrying the artistic heritage of the Mughal Empire into the present day, the streets of Agra are dotted with ancient buildings existing in happy harmony with modern day shops and houses.

14:30 hrs: Proceed to visit Agra Fort, a massive red sandstone structure located on the banks of the Yamuna River, construction on the fort was started in 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and further additions in white marble were subsequently made up till the reign of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally built for military purposes, it was later used as a palace, and eventually even served as a prison where Shah Jahan was confined by his son Aurangzeb. The fort runs along a length of 2.5 km within enclosed walls, it encompasses several exquisite palaces such as the Shah Jahani Mahal, Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, audience halls named Diwan-E-Am and the Diwan-E-Khas, a Fish Pavilion, the Nagina Masjid, Garden of Grapes and the Pearl Mosque.

17:30 hrs: Hi-Tea with Champagne at Taj Khema overlooking the magnificent Taj Mahal during the sunset or you may opt for optional activities such as spa at a luxury hotel, private shopping tour.

19:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, dinner on board.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 2 Mon: Agra – Ranthambore

Early morning disembark and proceed in a coach for guided visit to Taj Mahal, a world heritage site and epitome of love, stands on the banks of the River Yamuna. Built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his empress Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors.

09:45 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, relaxed Brunch on-board as the train proceeds to Sawai Madhopur.

14:15 hrs: Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur, proceed for an exciting game drive at Ranthambore National Park, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalli’s hill range. The park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River and sprawls over an estimated area of 392 sq. km. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park.

Ranthambhore is rich in flora and fauna, with canals and waterfalls. Due to its hilly path, water is limited to narrow valleys and quite a few lakes. Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao are three major lakes in Ranthambore National Park and attract a huge number of animals and birds. Tiger sighting are more likely at Rajbagh Talao while Malik Talao is home to a large number of crocodiles. It is a home for different kinds of animals like striped hyenas, Indian wild boar, chinkara, jackals, Indian flying foxes, Indian foxes, sloth bears, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, macaques, small Indian civets and common mongoose. Different kinds of reptiles are found here too. Prominent amongst these are snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Ganga soft shelled turtles, Indian pythons, north Indian flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, Russel's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chamaeleon.

17:15 hrs: Following the game drive return to Maharaj and enjoy an Indian Evening followed by dinner as The Maharajas' Express leaves for Jaipur.

Overnight on the Maharajas Express.

Day 3 Tue: Jaipur

Early morning arrival to Jaipur, founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the Pink City because of the colour of stones used exclusively in the walled city. Here the past comes alive in splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthan jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

09:00 hrs: Following breakfast on board, proceed in a coach for guided visit to Amber Fort, a fascinating blend of Rajputana architecture. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex comprises Diwan-E-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-E-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", Sukh Niwas, the private chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy and Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the "Hall of Mirrors". The walls of Amber fort are adorned with paintings of hunting and war along with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. The Maota Lake in the forefront of Amber fort gives spectacular and beautiful reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort-Palace.

13:00 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express, lunch on- board.

Post lunch you may opt optional activities such as spa facilities at a Palace Hotel or private shopping tour OR golfing at Rambagh Golf club.

17:15 hrs: Proceed for exhibition Elephant Polo match followed by Cocktail dinner at City Palace.

21:15 hrs: Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express and continue the journey to Delhi.

Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

Day 4 Delhi

Breakfast on board as you arrive into Delhi.

Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!

Notes

  • Optional tours are chargeable and subject to availability.
  • Details and prices will be made available during the journey.
Maharaja Express Departures
Maharaja Express Departure Dates 2017 and 2018
Month  Gems of India 3 Nights/4 Days (Wednesday)   Treasures of India 3 Nights / 4 Days (Sundays) The Indian Panorama 7 Nights / 8 Days (Saturday) The Indian Splendour 7 Nights / 8 Days (Saturday) The Heritage of India 7 Nights / 8 Days (Saturday)
Sep-17   30  
Oct-17 18 15 21 28 7
Nov-17 15 12 18 25 4
Dec-17 13 10 16 23 2
Jan-18 10 7 13 20 30
Feb-18 7 4 10 17 27
Mar-18 7 4 10 17 24
Apr-18 4 1 7   24
Maharaja Express Rates and Offers
MAHARAJA EXPRESS TARIFF FOR 2016-17 AND 2017-18
Journey Rooming Deluxe Cabin Junior Suite Suite Presidential Suite
Gems of India
3Nights/4 Days
Adult (Twin Share)  
Single Supplement                  
$3,850
$2,910
$4,950
$4,460
$7,600
$ 7,600
$12,900
$12,900
Treasures of India         
3Nights/4Days
Adult (Twin Share)  
Single Supplement                  
$3,850
$2,910
$4,950
$4,460
$7,600
$ 7,600
$12,900
$12,900
The Indian Panorama  
7Nights/8Days
Adult (Twin Share)  
Single Supplement                  
$5,980
$4,510
$9,460
$8,520
$13,800
$13,800
$23,700
$23700
The Indian Splendour  
7Nights/8Days
Adult (Twin Share)  
Single Supplement                  
$5,980
$4,510
$9,460
$8,520
$13,800
$13,800
$23,700
$23700
The Heritage of India   
7Nights/8Days
Adult (Twin Share)  
Single Supplement                  
$6,840
$5,160
$9,890
$8,910
$13,800
$13,800
$23,700
$23700

Payment Policy

  • 25% of the published price plus applicable taxes at the time of confirming the booking along with names.
  • Balance payment 60 days prior to the departure.

Special Note

  • Name with details required at the time of booking.
  • Name change is allowed up to 30 days prior to departure.
  • Only one date change may be permitted up to 30 days prior to departure.
  • Name and date change are not allowed together.
  • Government Service tax is additional, as applicable on date of journey.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms.
  • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits
  • Butler service.
  • Guided off train excursions as illustrated in the journeys inclusive of entrance fees, still camera fee, transport and services of a guide.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board.
  • Porterage at stations.

Exclusions

  • Any optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Taxes, Insurance, Gratuities.
  • Telephone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages (apart from the house brands of wines, spirits, beer served in the restaurants and bar)
  • Video, film and professional still camera fees.
  • International and domestic air tickets.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation and any tour extensions are not included unless specifically mentioned as part of the journeys.

Child Policy - For Deluxe/Jr. Suite/Suite Cabins

  • Children below 5 years shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) sharing cabin with adults - 50% of the adult fare, subject to sharing of double bed with two full paid adults. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking.
  • OR
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin -50% of the adult fare + Supplement charges if requested in a separate cabin.
  • Two children (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child in a separate cabin on twin sharing basis.
  • Three children (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed.
  • OR
  • If third child request in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare + Supplement charges.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis.
  • Two children (5 years - 12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - One adult fare plus 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed.

For Presidential Suite Cabin

  • Children below 5 years shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed in PS.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) sharing cabin with adults - 50% of the adult fare, subject to sharing with two/three/four full paid adults in PS.
  • Two children (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child in a separate sub cabin on twin sharing basis subject to sharing with two full paid adults in PS.
  • Three children (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of with two/three full paid adults in PS.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis in PS.
  • Two child (5 years - 12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin:- 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing with one full paid adult

Penalty Clause

  • Deduction of 0.5% of the balance amount shall be paid if payment is made between 30 to 59 days prior to departure.
  • Deduction of 0.75% of the balance payment shall be paid if payment is made between 0 to 29 days prior to departure.
  • If this is not done, then the request will not be accepted and the booking will be treated as cancelled and relevant cancellation charges will be applied following deduction for services rendered.

Cancellation / Amendment

  • Cancellation must be informed by e-mail at info@blisstouristic.com
  • For any cancellation days are counted excluding the date of departure.
  • Any amendment to the services would be treated as a cancellation of the original services and any new arrangements will be regarded as an entirely new booking. Cancellation charges will be applicable.

Following cancellation charges will apply for FIT bookings

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, 25 % of published price.
  • 45 to 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the Net amount.
  • 0 to 44 days prior to departure, 100% of the Net amount.

Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are subject to change in case of any change or amendment in the routing.
  • Service tax will be charged extra as applicable.
  • Itineraries, destinations, venues and schedules departure are subject to change without prior notice
  • All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis
  • Supplement will apply for Signature Journey, Special occasions such as a New Year, Christmas etc.
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