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Indian Splendor – Maharajas Express

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Indian Splendor – Maharajas Express

$7405

per person

Travel in-style with the elegance of a bygone era on a fabulous rail journey from Delhi to Mumbai on the famous Maharajas Express. Explore desert sand dunes, old palaces, the Taj Mahal and go on a wildlife safari.

The Maharaja (Indian Prince) ensconces you in exquisite, comfortable dining and lounge cars, and a luxurious cabin with large panoramic windows.

10 Days, 9 Nights: Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Balasinor, Mumbai

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Taj Mahal- Famous Tourist Attraction

Taj Mahal

Maharajas Express at Ajanta Train Station

Chefs at Work

Mayur Mahal restaurant

India Gate, Delhi

Tiger Sighting at Ranthambore National Park

Jaipur Amber Fort

Sunset at the Bikaner Sand Dunes

Gate of India

Udaipur City Palace in the Mewar Dynasty

Udaipur City Palace

Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort

Deluxe Cabin


THE JOURNEY


THE VIDEO


 

1

Meet Up at Delhi (DEL) | Arrival & Transfer

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day.
2

Delhi | Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride, Transfer to Railway Station

Delhi is the capital of modern India. It has also been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations as well as the British Raj, and each have left behind a trail of monuments.
Let’s tour Humayun’s Tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and best example of Mughal architecture in India, Qutab Minar - the world’s tallest brick tower, and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. As we travel through both Old and New Delhi, don’t forget to add photos of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Parliament House and India Gate to your album.
Experience the busy & bustling local bazaar with a cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk.
Hotel check-out.
This evening, you will be transferred to Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway Station at 8 pm to board your train.
Your train journey starts with a grand traditional welcome at the station. After you have settled in your elegant cabin the train will proceed to Agra, your first destination.
Savor a royal and delicious dinner in the regal restaurant on the train. Enjoy a restful night as the train proceeds to Agra.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
3

Agra | Taj Mahal, Agra Fort

An early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, a master-piece of Mughal architecture, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.
Enjoy a champagne breakfast at the Taj Khema overlooking the magnificent Taj Mahal.
Followed by an optional activity – shopping excursion or visit Fatehpur Sikri (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the fascinating deserted 16th century royal court complex or visit to Itmad-ud-Daulah tomb.
After lunch continue to explore the heritage of India with a visit to Agra Fort.
Return to the train for a royal dinner. The train departs for Ranthambore National Park.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
4

Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur | Safari at Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort

After an early breakfast on board, embark on an exciting safari into Ranthambore National Park.
Return to the train for a relaxing lunch as it proceeds to Jaipur.
At Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort with its impressive architecture and intricate carvings followed by a sightseeing tour of this pretty pink city. Indulge in activities with elephants.
Enjoy an exclusive royal dinner.
Return for a comfortable night on the train.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
5

Bikaner | Junagarh Fort, Sunset Cocktails, BBQ, Folk Dance in Desert

If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it would have been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 the imposing palaces and beautiful, richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sandstone display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.
After breakfast on the train, join an optional tour - to Lallgarh Palace Museum or to Deshnok (Rat Temple).
After lunch on the train, tour the majestic Junagarh Fort. From Junagarh Fort proceed for breathtakingly beautiful sundowners at the Sand Dunes. En-route, a tea break at Gajner Palace.
Partake in a camel cart procession around sand dunes, sundowner cocktails (sunset cocktail), barbecue and folk dances. Enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner amidst the sand dunes.
Return to the train as it departs for Jodhpur.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
6

Jodhpur | Village Safari, Mehrangarh Fort and Old Clock Tower Market

While relaxing during breakfast, the beautiful structures of Jodhpur come into view.
Spend a leisurely morning on board the train or go for a village safari.
Or join an optional tour - to Bishnoi village, spa at a 5-star hotel or an excursion to Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada.
After lunch on the train, visit to the breathtaking Mehrangarh Fort (Sun-Fort). Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most magnificent and largest forts in India. Rising perpendicularly from a rocky hill about 410 ft above the city, it is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Walk around the Old Clock Tower Market and enjoy a joy ride on Tuk-tuks.
A royal cocktail evening with cultural puppet show at Hanwant Mahal (Palace). Your dinner is served at an exclusive venue.
Return to the train as it departs for Udaipur.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
7

Lake Pichola Boat Ride, City Palace, Crystal Gallery, Lunch at Fateh Prakash Palace

As you arrive at Udaipur - the city of lakes, enjoy a royal breakfast on-board while admiring the mesmerizing landscape.   Take a tranquil boat ride on Lake Pichola and afterwards a sightseeing tour to City Palace and Crystal Gallery.
Then relish a grand royal lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace which houses the fabulous crystal gallery.
Return to train for dinner.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
8

Balasinor | Dinosaur Fossil Park, Village Walk, Lunch with Royal Family of Balasinor

After breakfast, we visit the largest dinosaur fossil park in the world. At least 13 species of dinosaurs lived here for more than 100 million years until their extinction some 66 million years ago.
A walking tour of a local village is followed by grand royal lunch with the Royal Family of Balasinor.
Rejoin the train for dinner as it departs for your final destination, Mumbai.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
9

Mumbai | Transfer to Hotel, Half-Day City Tour

Enjoy breakfast as the train arrives at Mumbai the home of Bollywood, at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.
Begin a ½ day tour starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses many interesting artifacts. Drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens.
Next, head to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934. It is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, India's largest open-air laundry where workers pick up, wash, dry and deliver thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing every day. The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous marketplace and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882. We’ll drive past the Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station.
Visit Mahalakshmi and Shri Siddhivinayak temples.
Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
10

Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, End of Tour

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a sprawling metropolis on the Indian Ocean. It is the financial capital of India.
Cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D.
The tour comes to an end.  Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your airport transfer to Mumbai (BOM) airport.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Hotel Information:

Destination Hotels Rating
Delhi Le Meridien ★★★★★
Mumbai Taj Mahal Palace ★★★★★
* Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation

Fixed Date Tour

Tour Dates 2 Persons* 1 Person**
Oct 12-Oct 21, 2018. Nov 9-Nov 18, 2018. Dec 7-Dec 16, 2018. Feb 1 – Feb 10, 2019. Mar 1 – Mar 10, 2019. Mar 29-Apr 7, 2019 $7,405 $13,055
Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
* Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
Train operates subject to minimum 15 cabin confirmation.

Deposit

A non-refundable deposit (25% of the tour price) is required to hold reservations made 70 days or more before departure

Booking Your Flight

We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

Inclusions

  • ‣ 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
  • ‣ Airport & Train Transfers
  • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
  • ‣ On the train: All meals, beverages, house wine and beer
  • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
  • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
  • ‣ Cultural Programs

Exclusions

  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
  • ‣ Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Any optional tours as mentioned during the train journey.
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions