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Maharaja Express - Royal India

Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Mumbai


Maharaja Express - Royal India

Ref: ATL/65

USD: 5790

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The Maharajas' Express offers another journey which is the 'Royal India' operating as the Princely India journey in the reverse with minor changes in the flow of activities.

Embark on an extraordinary voyage through imperial India discovering its fascinating heritage and exquisite architecture. Enjoy Champagne and pay tribute to the world's greatest monument to love, the legendary Taj Mahal. Chase the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park. Feel like royalty as you participate in an exhibition Elephant Polo Match followed by dinner in a unique locale. Soak up the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan, with its landscape of hilltop forts and palaces. Discover Champaner, the medieval capital of Gujarat. Explore the charms of the bustling city of Mumbai. This extraordinary journey will leave you with everlasting memories of an ancient land inhabited by an eclectic people, epitomizing a mesmerizing and unique mix of cultures.

 

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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 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.
Category Form To Price
A 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 13460
B 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 8250
C 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 5790

Itinerary

Day 01 / Saturday   Board the Maharajas' Express in Delhi – Onto Agra
Welcome aboard the Maharajas' Express.
This evening, assemble at Safdarjung station at approximately 2030 hours and complete your registration and check in formalities for the Maharajas’ Express, as you enjoy a welcome drink.
The Maharajas’ Express departs Delhi at approximately 2200 hours to Agra.
Dinner on board.Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express
 
Day 02 / Sunday   Agra
Arrive in Agra – the jewel of India.Agra is home to one of the world’s great architectural wonders - the Taj Mahal. With its spectacular monumental masterpieces and picturesque natural setting, Agra is a legendary city glorified by time.
Early this morning, disembark to visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incomparable marvel is constructed entirely out of white marble and is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful inlay work and marble screens. Approximately 20,000 of India’s most revered craftsmen were recruited to give shape to this poetry in marble. Witness the dramatic interplay of light as the sun rises and casts its golden rays over the pearl white tomb, recreating the magic of the Taj !Later, enjoy Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, a tableland overlooking the magnificent Taj !

Following breakfast, return to the train. OR

Following breakfast, you may choose to take an optional tour to the magnificent Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah. Return to the train for lunch. After a leisurely lunch onboard enjoy some free time shopping for pietra dura marble and fine Mughal Jewellery keeping the traditional Mughal arts alive OR as an optional activity you may avail of spa facilities at a hotel.Return to the comfort of the train and continue your journey to Ranthambore National Park.

Breakfast at Taj Khema; Lunch and Dinner on board

Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express .
 
Day 03 / Monday   Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Jaipur
On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, early in the morning, get ready for an exciting safari to the 'Ranthambore National Park'. The park encompasses nearly 400 square kilometres of dry, deciduous forest. The park derives its name from the huge 1000 year old Rajput fortress of Ranthambore which sits 215 m high in the forest. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1973. The Park is famous for its open sightings of tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. It is also every bird watcher's paradise. Wildlife cannot be compared to Africa and you are indeed fortunate if you spot the elusive tiger or the shy 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.
Nestled in the rugged Aravali Hills, the picturesque capital city of Jaipur is the pristine jewel in the crown of the desert state of Rajasthan. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, it is surrounded by rugged hills and dotted by magnificent palaces, massive forts and exquisite temples.

Following arrival begin your exciting tour of the pink city with an opportunity to shop for some of the finest jewellery, textiles and blue pottery for which the city is renowned. Continue on a visit to Amber Fort. Situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, this fort palace is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Maota 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. OR

Following arrival in Jaipur, you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a palace hotel OR proceed on a private shopping tour OR enjoy Golfing at the Rambagh Golf Club.

Complete the exciting day in the evening with a unique and enthralling experience – an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. Your arrival at the venue will be accompanied by the royal military band and the beating of ‘Nagadas’ (huge Indian drums). You may choose to watch or participate in an exhibition game. After the match, enjoy dinner over sparkling wine.

Following dinner, return to the station and board the train for your onward journey.

Breakfast at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Lunch on board; Elephant Polo Dinner with a glass of wine at a private venue.

Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
 
Day 04 / Tuesday   Bikaner
Your journey through the desert continues. As you relish your breakfast on board, enjoy observing the desert - the scattered procepis cineraria trees; the villagers attired in their bright turbans and the occasional herd of camels breaking the monotony of the desert.

The medieval city of Bikaner was once a major centre in the cross-desert caravan trade. Popularly known as Camel Country, Bikaner has the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are splendid creations made in red and yellow sandstone and are living reflections of its rich historical and architectural legacy.

Late morning, arrive into the desert citadel of Bikaner and relax on board OR you may choose to embark on one of the optional tours. Visit the Lalgarh Palace Museum displaying some fascinating exhibits on the royal heritage of Bikaner OR another intriguing optional is an excursion to the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, situated on the outskirts of Bikaner. Popularly known as the “Rat Temple”, the temple complex has hundreds of rats swarming the courtyard, an integral part of the temple rituals
and customs as they are considered very sacred. Following your participation in any one of the optional tours, you will return to the train for lunch.

Following lunch, you will disembark and proceed on a visit to 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 ornate decorative costumes and jewellery. Continue on an experience of a lifetime! Catch a glimpse of rural Rajasthan, 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 cocktails, savour traditional mouth watering barbecue delicacies as you enjoy traditional folk artists like the Langaas and Kalbeliyas whose music and dance will mesmerise you.

Later return to the comfort of your train and embark on your onward journey to Jodhpur.Breakfast and Lunch on board; evening barbecue on dunes. Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
 
Day 05 / Wednesday   Jodhpur
This morning, the Maharajas’ Express, continues her journey into the stronghold of the Marwar region. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as your train passes through some of the dramatic landscapes of the Thar Desert, arriving into the Blue City of Jodhpur.
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 your participation in one of the optional tours return to the train for lunch.

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.Breakfast and Lunch on board; Barbecue at Meherangarh Fort.Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 06 / Thursday   Udaipur
This morning you will wake up in the picturesque region of Mewar, one of the most popular and royal states of the Rajputana. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and admire the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills arriving into Udaipur - the City of Lakes and Sunrise.

Popularly referred to as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region. Picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along Lake Pichola and the lively bazaars make Udaipur one of India’s greatest destinations.

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 ‘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. Breakfast on board; Lunch in Durbar Hall; Dinner on board.Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Day 07 / Friday   Vadodara
Today you arrive into the Royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara situated on the famous River Vishwamitri. Enjoy a relaxed morning on board the train, following a leisurely breakfast OR you mayproceed for an optional Golfing Tour at the Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club.

Later, following disembarkation, you will be driven in a convoy of cars through some of the picturesque countryside to the quaint hamlet of Jambhughoda. Enroute enjoy a brief stop at the famous 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 andminutely carved gates.
On arrival at Jambhughoda participate in the traditional welcome and fanfare of the feudal lords of Jambhughoda, and relish their royal cuisine, typical only to their family. You have an opportunity to interact with the family members and catch a glimpse of their royal past.

Following a sumptuous lunch, return to Vadodara. On arrival in the city, proceed on a visit to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum. A must for every art lover, it exhibits a royal collection of work by the important 19th century painter Raja Ravi Verma. It also displays 19th and 20th centuries European paintings of old masters like Raphael, Titian and Murillo.

Enjoy ‘High Tea and Snacks’ 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.Witness the grandeur of its ornate Durbar Hall, the Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and sculptures of bronze and marble by Fellici. Witness a lovely folk dance performance, typical to the Royal House, as you savour some of the special delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Return to the station and board the train for the last leg of your journey. Enjoy an Indian evening on board, raising a toast to a memorable experience.Breakfast on board; Lunch at Jambhughoda; High Tea with Snacks at Laxmi Vilas Palace; Dinner on board.Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

 

Day 08 / Saturday   Disembark in Mumbai
Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at around 0830 hours at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in the financial capital city of Mumbai. Bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your ‘Royal India’ journey comes to an end. The royal journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever!
Breakfast on the Maharajas’ Express.

Note: -

All ‘Options’ / ‘Optional Tours’ are on chargeable basis and are subject to availability. Details and pricing will be made available on board during the journey.

 End of the Tour

Agra

Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It finds mention in the epic Mahâbhârata where it was called Agrevaṇa, or 'the border of the forest'.Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Râjâ Badal Singh, whose fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present Fort. However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas'ûd Sa'd Salmân writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra, then held by the Shâhî King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. Sultan Sikandar Lodî was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra

Mumbai

Mumbai, is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra . Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major Interntional airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world, is situated in Mumbai. Here, trading of stocks is carried out in billions of rupees everyday.Discription about Mumbai can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year.

Bikaner

Bikaner - If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it's located in north west part of Rajasthan state in India. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It's lust for "dessert"or affection for "desert" that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.

Sawai Madhopur

 

Sawai Madhopur is a city and a municipality in Sawai Madhopur District in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of Sawai Madhopur District. It is home to the Ranthambore National Park and the historic Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the national park. This area was ruled by Raja Hammir Dev of Chauhan lienage along with his Bargujar relatives. The area was destroyed by Allaudin Khiljee. Sawai Madhopur was built as a planned city by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur (1750-1768), who named the township after himself. Sawai Madhopur is famous for its guavas, affectionately known as "Madhopur guavas" in Rajasthan.

Sawai Madhopur is a city and a municipality in Sawai Madhopur District in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of Sawai Madhopur District. It is home to the Ranthambore National Park and the historic Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the national park. This area was ruled by Raja Hammir Dev of Chauhan lienage along with his Bargujar relatives. The area was destroyed by Allaudin Khiljee. Sawai Madhopur was built as a planned city by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur (1750-1768), who named the township after himself. Sawai Madhopur is famous for its guavas, affectionately known as "Madhopur guavas" in Rajasthan.


 

Jodhpur

Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Jodhpur is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year
Jodhpur tourist spots stand as a living proof of the splendor, traditions and culture of the Jodhpur. The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments of Jodhpur.

New Delhi

Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. OldDelhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes linedwith crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city ofNew Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-linedavenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power forseveral rulers and many empires for about a millennium.

Category From To Price
A 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 13460
B 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 8250
C 10/01/2013 03/31/2014 $ 5790

 

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.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 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.