Maharaja Express Luxury Train Tours, Palace on Wheels, Indian Heritage & Royale India Tours, Luxury Train in India
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Maharajas’ Express, India’s first pan-India super luxury train, will commence its first commercial run on January 9th, 2010.
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Princely India Tour

Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations : Mumbai - Vadodara - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi

Day 01 /Vadodara
Commence your epic journey at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. On arrival, you will proceed towards the Maharajas’ Express and complete the pre-boarding formalities as you enjoy a welcome drink. The Maharajas’ Express departs Mumbai late evening and travels from the land of the Marathas to Gujarat.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 02 /Vadodara
Early this morning, wake up in Vadodara. Relish a sumptuous breakfast, followed by 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.

For a sumptuous lunch, travel back more than a century to 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. 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’ 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.

Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey. Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 03 /Udaipur
Wake to the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills as you arrive into Udaipur. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready to spend the day exploring one of the most romantic cities in India.

Renowned 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.

Begin with a 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 reminiscent of the days of yore and feast your taste buds over a vast spread of ‘Rajasthani’ delicacies.

Following lunch, proceed on a ‘Walking Tour’ through the Old Market of Udaipur. Browse through the shops selling exquisitely embroidered and printed fabrics, jewellery, paintings and 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

Day 04 / Jodhpur
After a decadent early breakfast, disembark at Jodhpur, also known as the ‘Blue City’.

Situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the erstwhile capital of Marwar. 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.

Enjoy an exciting off the beaten track jeep safari through the arid countryside south of Jodhpur, to the neighbouring rural village of Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan and home of the Bishnoi tribe. The Bishnois are passionate environmentalists; a community of nature worshippers in Rajasthan who participate ardently in the preservation of the Black Buck, an endangered species. Your Village Safari takes you into homes of the local villagers where you will witness traditional folk rituals and see village artisans at work.

Continue for lunch to Rohet Garh, the ancestral home of the Rathores since 1622 AD. Now a leading Heritage Hotel, the sprawling lawns and manicured gardens invite a multitude of birds and dancing peacocks making it a haven of absolute peace and tranquillity. Its serene environs have inspired and drawn writers and celebrities from around the world.

Post lunch, proceed to the extravagant Mehrangarh Fort. Be amazed by 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.

Return to the train and continue your journey to glorious Bikaner.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 05 /Bikaner
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. 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.

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, embark upon an experience of a lifetime! 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.

Day 06 /Jaipur
Today, you will arrive into the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

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 – an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. Your arrival will be accompanied by the royal military band and the beating of ‘Nagadas’ (huge Indian drums). You have the option to watch or participate in an exhibition game. After the match, enjoy a Champagne lunch.

Following lunch, indulge in some retail therapy as you visit the bustling markets of Jaipur. You will have the opportunity to shop for handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherwork.

Return to the comfort of the train and get ready for a thrilling ride into the wild.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 07 /Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) - Agra
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.

Return to the train for a hearty brunch, following which, you arrive into Agra.

Agra, the jewel of India, 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. Proceed to the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, it overlooks the Taj Mahal and Yamuna River. The maze of courtyards and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Visit the Diwan-e-aam (House of Commons), and royal pavilions like the Macchi Bhavan and the Shah Jahani Mahal. Wander through lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and alcoves glimpsing the Taj Mahal in the distance.

Enjoy shopping at Agra, famous for its marble and soapstone inlay. Rejoin the train for your final night on board.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 08 /Disembark in Delhi
Rise early to witness the magic of sunrise at the world famous Taj Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz. 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.

Continue for a romantic Champagne Breakfast on the lush green lawns of Taj Khema, overlooking the Taj Mahal. Be welcomed by colourfully attired dancers and musicians who escort you to the gardens.

Following breakfast, return to the train and continue your journey to Delhi. Bid farewell to the Maharajas’ Express and discover imperial Delhi. Savour scrumptious delights over dinner, as your ‘Princely India’ journey comes to an end. The royal journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever

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Royal India Tour

Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Mumbai

Day 01 / Delhi – Agra
The epic journey kicks off at the Safardjung Railway station. On arrival, proceed towards the Maharajas’ Express and complete the pre-boarding formalities as you enjoy a welcome drink.

The Maharajas’ Express departs Delhi this morning to Agra.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board. On arrival in Agra, enjoy a tour of the spectacular monuments of the city.

Agra, the jewel of India, 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.

Proceed to the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, it overlooks the Taj Mahal and Yamuna River. The maze of courtyards and lavish private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Visit the Diwan-e-aam (House of Commons), and royal pavilions like the Macchi Bhavan and the Shah Jahani Mahal. Wander through lavishly decorated halls, courtyards and alcoves glimpsing the Taj Mahal in the distance.

Imagine dining outdoors on a hillock overlooking the magnificent Taj Mahal. On the lush green lawns of the Taj Khema is a tableland overlooking the Taj Mahal where colourful 'khemas' (decorated tents) are set up for a romantic Champagne Lunch. You will be welcomed by a procession of colourfully attired dancers who entice you to join them in their whirling melee as they escort you to the gardens. Musicians will entertain you with traditional melodies, adding to the magnificence of the venue.

Continue on a visit to the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan 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. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631 and ended by 1653. Approximately 20,000 of India’s most revered craftsmen were recruited to give shape to this poetry in marble.

Enjoy some free time for shopping. Agra is famous for its marble and soapstone inlay work, as well as embroidered fabrics, leather goods, brassware, carpets and jewellery.

Return to the comfort of the train and get ready for a thrilling ride into the wild.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 02 / Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) - Jaipur
On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, get ready for an exciting jeep 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 and is a must visit. 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.

Return to the train for a hearty brunch; relax and unwind as your journey continues to Jaipur.

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. Ambling camels and brightly dressed locals reflect Jaipur’s desert heritage, while the swarming markets display a profusion of handlooms and crafts. Enjoy your visit to this city of love, legends and lore.

Indulge in a bit of retail therapy as you visit the bustling markets of Jaipur. Being every shopper's paradise, Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherwork.

Day 03 / Tuesday Bikaner
Early this morning, you will arrive into Bikaner.

Following a leisurely breakfast, set out to explore the desert kingdom of Bikaner.

North of Rajasthan, the medieval city of Bikaner was once a major centre in the cross-desert caravan trade. Popularly known as the camel country, the city is renowned for 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.

Your excursion starts off by visiting Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress which has never been conquered. Built in 1593 A.D. by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat. But the real beauty of this fort lies inside. Be overwhelmed by the Diwan-i-Khas, the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), which is decorated with paintings and carved marble panels, the Hawa Mahal, the Badal Mahal and the 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, embark upon an experience of a lifetime! 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.

Rejoin the train and continue your journey to Jodhpur.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 04 / Wednesday Jodhpur
After a decadent early breakfast, disembark at Jodhpur, also known as the 'Blue City'.

Jodhpur, the erstwhile ancient capital of Marwar, is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, set like a jewel amidst the golden sands of the barren desert. It is a perfect starting point for exploring the other wonders of the Thar Desert. Famous for its magnificent forts and palaces reflecting the architectural splendours of the Rajput era, the city is home to the finest Rajput buildings. They include the Mehrangarh Fort; Jaswant Thada and the charming Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Enjoy an exciting off the beaten track jeep safari through the arid countryside south of Jodhpur, to the neighbouring rural village of Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan and home of the Bishnoi tribe. The Bishnois are passionate environmentalists; a community of nature worshippers in Rajasthan who participate ardently in the preservation of the Black Buck, an endangered species. Your Village Safari takes you into homes of the local villagers where you will witness traditional folk rituals and see village artisans at work.

Continue for lunch to Rohet Garh, the ancestral home of the Rathores since 1622 AD. Now a leading Heritage Hotel, the sprawling lawns and manicured gardens invite a multitude of birds and dancing peacocks making it a haven of absolute peace and tranquillity. Its serene environs have inspired and drawn writers and celebrities from around the world.

Post lunch proceed to the extravagant Mehrangarh Fort. Be amazed by 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.

Return to the train and continue your journey to glorious Udaipur.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 05 / Thursday Udaipur
Wake to the magnificent scenery of the Aravali Hills as you arrive into Udaipur. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready to spend the day exploring one of the most romantic cities in India.

Renowned 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.

Begin with a 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 reminiscent of the days of yore and feast your taste buds over a vast spread of ‘Rajasthani’ delicacies.

Following lunch, proceed on a ‘Walking Tour’ through the Old Market of Udaipur. Browse through the shops selling exquisitely embroidered and printed fabrics, jewellery, paintings and 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.

Day 06 / Friday Vadodara
Early this morning, you will arrive into Vadodara. Relish a sumptuous breakfast, following which, you will disembark and enjoy a tour of the city highlights.

Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri.

Begin your tour with a visit to 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.

For a sumptuous lunch, travel back more than a century to 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. 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' 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.

Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 07 / Saturday Disembark in Mumbai
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 ‘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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Classical India Tour

Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Destinations : Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Varanasi - Gaya - Kolkata

Day 01 / Delhi - Agra
Begin your journey at the Safardjung Railway station. On arrival, you will proceed towards the Maharajas’ Express and complete the pre-boarding formalities over a welcome drink.

The Maharajas’ Express departs from Delhi to Agra in the morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Agra, the jewel of India, is home to one of the world’s great architectural wonders - the Taj Mahal. With its spectacular monumental masterpieces and picturesque setting, Agra is a city glorified by time.

Proceed to the 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 ‘khemas’ (decorated tents) are set up for a romantic Champagne Lunch. You will be welcomed by colourfully attired dancers and musicians who escort you to the gardens.

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, as well as handicrafts, embroidered fabrics, leather goods, brassware, carpets, pashmina shawls, textiles, precious and semi-precious gems and exquisite jewellery.

Rejoin the train and continue your eventful journey to princely Gwalior.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 02 / Gwalior
Early this morning, after a leisurely breakfast, set out to explore the magnificent wonders of Gwalior.

Welcome to Gwalior. A city where many reigning dynasties have left indelible etchings of their rule on all its palaces, temples and monuments. These mementos of a glorious past have been preserved, giving Gwalior a timeless appeal.

Head to the Gwalior Fort, the city’s most famous landmark. Enjoy a tour of the many temples and ruined palaces like the Man Mandir Palace, Gujari Mahal, Sas Bahu Ka Mandir and Suraj Kund.

Continue for lunch to the Usha Kiran Palace to a true Gwalior traditional welcome. Enter this 120-year-old palace, which has played host to the King of England and is now a heritage hotel. Set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this regal palace is outfitted with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work.

Following lunch, explore the Jai Vilas Palace and Scindia Museum. Although the current Maharaja still lives in a portion of the palace, a large part of it is now a museum. It displays royal memorabilia and a remarkable collection of artefacts from around the world. The crystal staircase, arched ceiling with stunning gold leaf work, two of the world’s largest chandeliers, each weighing over three tons are noteworthy artefacts found within the palace.

Revisit the Usha Kiran Palace for Cocktails, following which, you will head back to board the train.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 03 /Khajuraho
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready to explore the erotic architecture of the temples of Khajuraho.

Located in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is renowned for its architecture and exquisite sculptures. Built between 950 and 1050 AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity, the temples are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture. The highly sensual engravings depict the whole range of human emotions and relationships.

Proceed on a tour of the magnificent temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Western group which constitutes some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. Visit the Kandariya Mahadev Temple and the Chaunsath Yogini Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the 64 Yoginis respectively.

Continue to the Eastern group of temples. Visit the exquisite Jain Temples and admire some of the finest sculpture and carvings.

Following lunch, familiarize yourself with the local culture and the rural lifestyle of the villagers on a guided Village Walk.

Return to the comfort of the train and get ready for a thrilling ride into the wild.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 04 / Umaria (Bandhavgarh National Park)
Very early this morning, you will arrive into Umaria. Prepare yourself for an exciting drive to the Bandhavgarh National Park. With the highest known density of tigers, it was the former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Rewa. Animals such as deers, langurs, sloth bears and exotic birds can also be found here. Watch them in their natural surroundings and we ensure the thrill more than makes up for the early wake up call.

Following brunch, you will return to Umaria and continue the journey. Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 05 / Varanasi
Rise early and arrive into the legendary city of Varanasi. Following an early morning tea/coffee, get ready to witness a spectacular sunrise over the sacred Ganges.

One of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi (also known as Kashi or Benares) has a spiritual legacy of over 3000 years. A place of pilgrimage, this holy city is set on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi epitomizes the chaos and colour of India. Lively bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces – all can be found here.

Begin the morning with a scenic cruise on the river Ganges. Watch the sunrise over the river amidst the sound of temple bells and religious chants. Witness the spectacle of pilgrims ritually bathing, holy men practicing yoga and invoking the dawn. Continue for a walk through the twisting alleys absorbing the hustle and bustle of the Old City.

Return to the train for a leisurely breakfast.

Day 06 /Gaya
Another early morning arrival gets you into Gaya.

Gaya, with a rich cultural past, is one of the most sacred centres for Hindu pilgrims.

Following breakfast, proceed to Rajgir, a place where Buddha held the first Buddhist council after he attained nirvana. Rajgir was also the capital of the Magadh Empire till it moved to Pataliputra (Patna) in the 5th century. Visit Ajatshatru’s fort and Venuvana which was built by King Bimbisara for Lord Buddha to reside. Also see the Swarna Bhandar and the Cyclopean Wall.

Continue on a drive to Nalanda and on arrival, proceed for lunch. Later, enjoy touring Nalanda, an important seat of learning in ancient India. Its ruins indicate the presence of more than 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from all over the world.

Return to Gaya and rejoin the train for your final night on board.

Dinner and Overnight on board

Day 07 / Disembark in Kolkata
Following an early breakfast, you will disembark in ‘The City of Joy’, Kolkata. Bid farewell to the Maharajas’ Express and proceed to explore this vibrant city with its distinct imperial flavour. Enjoy a lavish lunch during the city tour, as your ‘Classical India’ journey comes to an end. The mystical journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever !

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Celestial India Tour

Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destinations : Kolkata - Gaya - Varanasi - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Agra - Gwalior - Delhi

Day 01 /Kolkata –Gaya
Commence your epic journey at the Kolkata railway station. On arrival, you will proceed towards the Maharajas' Express and complete the pre-boarding formalities as you enjoy a welcome drink.

The Maharajas' Express departs Kolkata in the evening and travels to Gaya.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 02 / Gaya
Early this morning, you will arrive into Gaya.

Gaya is a centre for Hindu pilgrims and the transport hub for Bodhgaya, 13km away. It has a rich cultural past and is one of the most sacred destinations for Hindus, as legend maintains that it has been bestowed with the power by Lord Vishnu, to absolve all sins of people who come here for a pilgrimage. The Vishnu temple is the key pilgrimage centre and people believe it has been constructed on the footprints of Lord Vishnu.

Following breakfast, proceed to Rajgir, a place where Buddha held the first Buddhist council after he attained nirvana. Rajgir was also the capital of the Magadh Empire till it moved to Pataliputra (Patna) in the 5th century. Visit Ajatshatru’s fort and Venuvana which was built by King Bimbisara for Lord Buddha to reside. Also see the Swarna Bhandar and the Cyclopean Wall.

Continue on a drive to Nalanda and on arrival, proceed for lunch.

Later, enjoy touring Nalanda, an important seat of learning in ancient India. Its ruins indicate the presence of more than 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from all over the world.

Return to Gaya and rejoin the train for your onward journey.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 03 /Varanasi
Rise early and arrive into the legendary city of Varanasi. Following an early morning tea / coffee, get ready to witness a spectacular sunrise over the sacred Ganges.

One of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi (also known as Kashi or Benares) has a spiritual legacy of over 3000 years. A place of pilgrimage, this holy city is set on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. Varanasi epitomizes the chaos and colour of India. Lively bazaars, exquisite and bright silks, festivals, temples, mosques and palaces – all can be found here.

Begin the morning with a scenic cruise on the river Ganges. Watch the sunrise over the river amidst the sound of temple bells and religious chants. Witness the spectacle of pilgrims ritually bathing, holymen practicing yoga and invoking the dawn. Continue for a walk through the twisting alleys absorbing the hustle and bustle of the Old City.

Return to the train for a leisurely breakfast.

Later, visit the world famous Varanasi Silk Weaving Centre. You can even shop for some world famous Banarasi silk saris and brocades.

Following lunch, visit the ancient ruins of Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon expounding the principles of Buddhism. Visit the ruins, stupa and the Ashoka Pillar, whose four back-to-back lions have been adopted as India’s national emblem.

Return to the comfort of the train and get ready for a thrilling ride into the wild.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 04 /Jodhpur
After a decadent early breakfast, disembark at Jodhpur, also known as the 'Blue City'.

Jodhpur, the erstwhile ancient capital of Marwar, is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, set like a jewel amidst the golden sands of the barren desert. It is a perfect starting point for exploring the other wonders of the Thar Desert. Famous for its magnificent forts and palaces reflecting the architectural splendours of the Rajput era, the city is home to the finest Rajput buildings. They include the Mehrangarh Fort; Jaswant Thada and the charming Umaid Bhawan Palace.

Enjoy an exciting off the beaten track jeep safari through the arid countryside south of Jodhpur, to the neighbouring rural village of Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of the Champawat clan and home of the Bishnoi tribe. The Bishnois are passionate environmentalists; a community of nature worshippers in Rajasthan who participate ardently in the preservation of the Black Buck, an endangered species. Your Village Safari takes you into homes of the local villagers where you will witness traditional folk rituals and see village artisans at work.

Continue for lunch to Rohet Garh, the ancestral home of the Rathores since 1622 AD. Now a leading Heritage Hotel, the sprawling lawns and manicured gardens invite a multitude of birds and dancing peacocks making it a haven of absolute peace and tranquillity. Its serene environs have inspired and drawn writers and celebrities from around the world.

Post lunch proceed to the extravagant Mehrangarh Fort. Be amazed by 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.

Return to the train and continue your journey to glorious Udaipur.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 05 /Udaipur
Wake to the magnificent scenery of the Aravali Hills as you arrive into Udaipur. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready to spend the day exploring one of the most romantic cities in India.

Renowned 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.

Begin with a 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 reminiscent of the days of yore and feast your taste buds over a vast spread of ‘Rajasthani’ delicacies.

Following lunch, proceed on a ‘Walking Tour’ through the Old Market of Udaipur. Browse through the shops selling exquisitely embroidered and printed fabrics, jewellery, paintings and 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.

Day 06 /Vadodara
Early this morning, you will arrive into Vadodara. Relish a sumptuous breakfast, following which, you will disembark and enjoy a tour of the city highlights.

Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri.

Begin your tour with a visit to 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.

For a sumptuous lunch, travel back more than a century to 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. 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' 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.

Return to the station and board the train for your onward journey.

Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 07 /Disembark in Mumbai
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 ‘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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