Experience the warmth of Indian hospitality as you travel from vibrant Delhi to Mumbai, the land of Bollywood. Take in the majestic Taj Mahal, the opulent forts and palaces of Rajasthan, enjoy an excursion into the Thar Desert, and go on a safari in Ranthambore National Park on this once-in-a-lifetime rail holiday.
Board your overnight flight from London Heathrow to Delhi, arriving on Day 2. Check into your 4-Star hotel for a relaxed evening, with time for you to explore India's lively capital and have dinner.
Transfer to the station this morning, where a fanfare and red carpet welcome awaits as you board the Maharajas' Express. You stay in deluxe cabins, which are generously-sized and sleep 2 people in either a double bed or twin lower-berth beds. Featuring a wealth of amenities, including air-conditioning, an LCD television, a telephone, a safe and a wardrobe, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access, each cabin is also attended by a butler, with complimentary tea, coffee, water and snacks available at all times. All your meals are included during your time on board.
The train begins its journey to Agra, where you enjoy a visit to the Taj Mahal. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal is a pristine monument of undying love considered to be the jewel of Muslim art in India, as well one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There's time to take a stroll through the Mogul garden before re-boarding the train.
This morning you visit Agra Fort, perched on a hill high above Agra.
Dating back to the 1500s, this fort complex is sometimes referred to as a walled city due to its sheer size; incredibly, the walls are more than 60 feet high all around. Visit the different buildings, including the magnificent Jahangiri Mahal designed for the ladies of the royal family, before continuing to Ranthambore National Park this afternoon. Home to the elusive Bengal tiger, as well as many other species of indigenous animals, here you enjoy a game drive accompanied by a local tracking expert to increase your chances of a sighting. Back on board this evening, the Maharajas' Express journeys to Jaipur.
One of the best-planned cities in the world for its time, Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. Popularly known as the Pink City, it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Singh II in 1727 AD and is known for its striking architecture, including the magnificent Amber Fort. One of 3 ancient hilltop forts that dominate the hills above, enjoy a guided visit this morning ahead of a choice of optional excursions this afternoon or a chance to relax at the hotel. You could take a city tour of Jaipur or visit the fascinating observatory, which consists of 14 large geometric structures designed for astronomical measurement in the 18th century, and the ornately decorated City Palace.
Enjoy the countryside views over breakfast on Day 6, before arriving into Bikaner, where you have the choice to either relax on board, make an optional visit to the Lalgarh Museum, home to the fourthlargest private library in the world, or take a local city tour. Your afternoon includes a visit to Junagarh Fort, followed by an evening's entertainment at the sand dunes that lie on the edge of the Thar Desert.
This morning, you arrive in Jodphur where you have the option to tour Bishnoi Village and learn about the way of life for Bishnoi people, take an excursion to Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada, or enjoy a local city tour. Later, stop off at Mehrangarh Fort and take a walking tour of Sardar Market, a bazaar in the old part of the city crowned by a prominent and popular clock tower. This evening, you'll have an exclusive dinner before the Maharajas' Express departs for Udaipur. On Day 8, take a boat ride across pristine Lake Pichola followed by a visit to the lakeside City Palace. This evening, enjoy a traditional 'Indian Evening' on board.
Today is spent travelling to Mumbai, where you disembark the train this afternoon and transfer to your hotel. On Day 10, board your flight to London Heathrow, landing later the same day.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The glorious Maharajas' Express sets an enviable standard in Indian comfort and style. This extends to the off train service as well; a red carpet and fanfare greet passengers at every station call. Decorated in elegant deep red and gold hues, the train is furnished in a timeless style, but with every modern convenience.
The train features two extravagant restaurant cars, where an array of Indian and international cuisine - freshly prepared by on-board chefs - is served in a full fine-dining service. There is also a bar car, which is a great place to enjoy old-world charm and hospitality along with a drink. In addition, the Rajah Club lounge is an excellent boutique offering a casual atmosphere as well as a selection of beers, wines and spirits.
Our accommodation is in Deluxe cabins. These generously-sized cabins are all en suite and sleep two people in either a double bed, or twin lower-berth beds. They feature a wealth of amenities such as air conditioning, LCD television, telephone, safe and wardrobe, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi access. Each cabin is also attended by a butler - with inclusive tea, coffee, water and snacks available at all times. Upgrades to Junior Suites and Suite Cars are also available.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.
Make your journey even more comfortable by upgrading to a more spacious Junior Suite. For those seeking a touch of luxury, you can upgrade to a Suite that come with a separate seating area decked with plush chairs, a well-stocked mini bar and a large bathtub. If you want a truly out of this world experience, the Presidential Suite is ideal for you. Boasting two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an independent living area, this sprawling suite offers exclusive guides on hand 24/7.