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Heritage of India Luxury Train Journey 2015 & 2016

 

Aboard the  “Maharajah’s Express” Private train.

 

 

India...     a country with a history as old as time. A country where diverse dynasties have ruled through centuries, leaving their indelible imprint upon the landscape, language and culture of the nation. Majestic Palaces, forts, rich natural bounty, untamed wildlife... there's so much to soak in and store memories for a lifetime. 

The Maharajas' Express - is a train and provides luxury on wheels. It offers five incredible train tours to allow you to  discover and explore the treasure trove and amazing kaleidoscope of India.

These rail odysseys let one explore exotic locations - such as visit to one of the largest dinosaur fossil parks at Balasinor; Or an opportunity to meet one of the royal families that still proliferate in India; Or visit the erotic temples of Khajuraho; Or watch a game of elephant polo at lunch in Jaipur; Or take sundowners cocktails &/or enjoy a barbeque on the sand dunes at Bikaner; Or enjoy a champagne breakfast whilst overlooking the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal; Or partake of a regal meal at the shimmering lake city of Udaipur; Or a boat ride on the Ganges at the holy city of Varanasi the list is nearly endless...

The unmatched ambience, contemporary amenities, impeccable service and luxurious decor provide a regal setting on board. There are fourteen carriages including one that hoses the Presidential Suite.

 

Every cabin has large windows-designed so that you can savour every bit of magnificent India. All passenger cars come with independent cabin-controlled air conditioning, online water filtration systems, environment friendly toilets, pneumatic suspension, live television, Wi-Fi Internet, CCTV cameras, hair dryer, electronic safe deposit box, bath tubs (in suites and presidential suite)- almost everything that one would imagine to travel in luxury - truly like an Indian Maharaja.

The train includes two fine dining restaurants that can each seat 42 persons; everyone on board dine together. For added zest, there is an exotic Safari bar and lounge-cum-bar Rajah Club with the choicest collection of complimentary house brand spirits.

Highlights :-

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Ajanta Cave Monuments.
  • Indulges a Royal lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace,Udaipur
  • Enjoy Cocktail Dinner with Marwar Culinary Delights at Hanwant Mahal,Jodhpur
  • Camel procession followed by Sundowner Cocktails at the Sand Dunes in Bikaner
  • Witness an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match in Jaipur followed by Champagne Lunch at Jai Mahal Palace.
  • An exciting Game Drive at Ranthambore National Park.
  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra
  • Enjoy Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema

 

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY

 

Day 1                   Saturday               Mumbai

 

Afternoon, assemble at 1430 hours at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Towers for a traditional welcome and complete your registration and check in formalities for the Maharajas' Express.

 
The Maharajas' Express starts from Mumbai at 1640 hours approximately and will travel through the land of the Marathas.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

The Club Car the heart of the train.

 

 

Day 2                   Sunday                 Ajanta

 Today you will reach at Ajanta Cavesnear Aurangabad. After breakfast onboard proceed towards Ajanta Caves.
The Ajanta caves consist of 30 Caves including the unfinished ones, which date from 200 BC to 650 AD. These caves are situated about 104 kms. away from Aurangabad. These Buddhist cave temples and monasteries are cut from the rocks and volcanic lava of the Deccan in the forest ravines of the Sahyadri hills and are set in beautiful sylvan surroundings. They were discovered accidentally by a British Captain, John Smith in 1819, on a hunting expedition. The Ajanta caves provide a unique combination of architecture, sculpture and paintings. The caves are mainly known for their exquisite frescoes and sculptures, depicting scenes from life of Buddha.
Return onboard for the Maharajas' hospitality and the train will continue for Udaipur.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard.
Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

 

Day 3                   Monday                 Udiapur

This morning wake up with a view of the picturesque region of Mewar from your window, admiring the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills.
Udaipur is popularly referred to as the Venice of the East with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid lakes and green hills. Udaipur is one of India's greatest destination with the Picturesque havelis, ghats and temples along Lake Pichola and the lively bazaars. Begin your day with a visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas. The building is a unique depiction of the architectural and artistic evolution of Mewar through centuries.

 

 The City Palace has always been a self-sufficient developing centre within itself and shall continue to grow into an ideal prototype of a living palace complex.


Later visit the Crystal Gallery. The Udaipur Collection of crystal is one of the largest and most complete collections of Osler cut glass in existence. In both diversity of objects and in the quality and grandeur of the included pieces, it holds a unique place in the decorative art world. Most of this collection was commissioned by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1878, with the larger commissions of the furniture pieces being given to Osler in 1881.

The exquisite crystal items in the gallery range from dining table, table, sofa set, washing bowl, goblet, tray, decanter, to perfume bottles, candle stands, crockery and even beds. The highlight of the gallery is a jewel studded carpet, embodying peerless class. Experience the Royal hospitality at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace and relish sumptuous lunch over a 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 five star hotel OR visit the Vintage Car collection of the Royal Family OR you can also opt for a private shopping tour. Later in the afternoon, you may if you wish, proceed for a 'Walking Tour' through the Old Market of Udaipur.
Return to the Maharajas' Express and continue journey towards Jodhpur.
Breakfast on board; Lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace; Dinner on board.
Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Day 4                   Tuesday               Jodhpur

This morning, the Maharajas' Express enters the Marwar region. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as your train passes through some of the picturesque landscapes of the Thar Desert, arriving into the Blue City of Jodhpur.
 The morning is at leisure on board OR you may participate in an optional village safari, where you will have the opportunity to visit a Bishnoi village, considered to be the oldest living environmentalists in the world. You also have an option of availing spa facilities at a five star hotel.
Lunch will be on board. 
After lunch, disembark to explore the erstwhile capital of Marwar - Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces and, is home to some of the finest architectural wonders.
Proceed on a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower market to experience the hustle and bustle of the market. Continue to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. The fort with the intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches. Mehrangarh Fort inherits priceless jewels and a dazzling collection of arms. Enjoy Royal evening at a Hanwant Mahal with folk dance and music and with cocktail dinner.
Return to the train and continue your journey to Bikaner.
Breakfast and Lunch on board; Cocktail dinner in the evening at Hanwant Mahal.
Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

 

Day 5                   Wednesday           Bikaner

Continue your journey through the desert. Enjoy observing the desert while having breakfast onboard as you enter Bikanerregion.
 Bikaner was once a major centre in the cross-desert caravan trade. Also known as Camel Country, Bikaner has the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner's forts, palaces and temples 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 an excursion to the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok also known as “Rat Temple”. This temple complex has hundreds of rats swarming the courtyard. You also have the option to visit the Camel Breeding Farm (opens at 1200 hrs).
Lunch onboard. 

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. Inside the Fort visit Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal. 

 


Participate in a camel-cart procession followed by sundowner cocktails, barbecue and folk performance on the sand dunes that will mesmerize you. 
After a great evening return to the comfort of your train and embark on your onward journey to Jaipur.
Breakfast and Lunch on board; Sundowner cocktail and barbecue dinner on sand dunes.
Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Day 6                   Thursday               Jaipur

Arrive into the 'PinkCity' of Jaipur.
Jaipur was built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jaipur is renowned for its magnificent palaces, forts and temples.
 Start your exciting tour of the pink city with a unique and enthralling experience - an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match and experience a Royal welcome at A Jai Mahal Palace hotel. You may choose to watch or participate in the exhibition game. Arrival at the venue to be accompanied by the royal military band and the beating of ‘Nagadas'. Guests may choose to watch elephant polo or participate in the exhibition game. The match is followed by Champagne lunch at a Jai Mahal Palace hotel.
Following lunch continue on a visit to the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura.
On completing the tour of Amber you will have the opportunity to shop for some of the finest jewellery, textiles and blue pottery for which the city is renowned.
Following lunch, you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a five star hotel OR proceed on a private shopping tour OR enjoy Golfing at the Rambagh Golf Club OR visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar (The Observatory).


 

Breakfast on board; Elephant Polo with Champagne Lunch at A Jai Mahal Palace hotel, Dinner on board. 

Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Day 7                   Friday          Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Fatehpur Sikri

On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, early in the morning, get ready for a safari to the RanthamboreNational Park. Ranthambore – the private hunting ground of the Mahrajas, was declared a National Park in 1973. You may have the chance to see the wildlife that includes tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. The safari cannot be compared to that of Africaand you are indeed fortunate if you spot the elusive tiger or the shy leopard.
 After breakfast at Vivanta By Taj, Sawai Madhopur, return to the train and continue your journey to the fabled deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Admire the changing landscape as you savour a hearty lunch.
Arrive into Fatehpur Sikri, Sikri was the first planned city of the Mughals. The sloping levels of the city were connected into terraces which were utilised for various complexes such as Jami masjid, Buland-Darwazah and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti; Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal, Khwabgah, Diwan-i-Khass, Anup-Talao, Chaupar and Diwan-i-Am. The efficient system of drainage and water-supply adopted here suggest an extremely intelligent town-planning by the Mughal emperor.

All these palaces were built of red sandstone in the trabeate beam-and-post order, and composed of pillars, ornamental arches, brackets-and-chhajjas, jharokhas, chhatris, chhaparkhats, chaukhandis and so on. Domes have been used sparingly. Sometimes corbelled pendentives have been employed in the transition phase.
It is now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the train to enjoy an 'Indian night'!
Breakfast at Vivanta By Taj, Sawai Madhopur; Lunch and Dinner on board.

 

 

 

Day 8                   Saturday          Fatehpur Sikri - Agra – Delhi (Disembark)

Arrive into the city of The Taj Mahal– The monumentof Love. Besides being famous for the one of the seven wonders of the world, Agrais also known for its fabulous handicrafts, made of marble and softstone inlay work. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist herself in sari embroidery work. 

 

 

Early morning, disembark and proceed to the world famous Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took the efforts of approx 20,000 craftsmen for 22 years and the passion of the by Shah Jahan to create this white marble masterpiece. The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in fond memories of her beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. 

The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast atop Taj Khema gazing at the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Following breakfast, return to the train.

Enjoy the lunch on board as you continue the last lap of this wonderful journey to Delhi.

Bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end at approximately 1530 hours on arrival into Safdarjung Station.

Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema; Lunch on board.


 

 

 

DEPARTURE DATES for 2015

January 10; February 7;  March 7;  April 4;  October 24; November 152; December 19; 

 

DEPARTURE DATES for 2016

January 16; February 13;  March 12;  April 9;  October 22; November 19; December 17;  

 

NOTE:                   The times and route of the above are subject to change, by the Operator, without notice, We will advise you, where possible, if this is the case.

 

 

Flexibility

This is a fixed itinerary. If you have a specific location or place of interest that you would like to include in conjunction with the Maharaja’s Express Tour, please ask us for assistance and we will confirm if this can be arranged.