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Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Delhi, Mumbai & The Maharajas' Express – Indian Splendour

11-day luxury rail and city-stay holiday from £6,780 pp

Summary

Short description

Pair city stays in Delhi and Mumbai with a five-star rail journey through royal Rajasthan

Highlights

  • Travel across India in luxurious style aboard the Maharajas' Express
  • Sip champagne as you watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal
  • Explore the glittering palaces and battle-scarred forts of Rajasthan
  • Go in search of tigers in Ranthambore National Park
  • Explore the city sights of both Delhi and Mumbai

In Brief

  • 1 Night Delhi
  • 7 Nights The Maharajas' Express
  • 1 Night Mumbai

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History & culture | Honeymoon | Rail journey | Wildlife

Travel in style across India aboard the Maharajas' Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Starting in Delhi, you'll compare the capital's endlessly colourful street markets to its centuries-old mosques and imposing, rust-red forts set against a breathless backdrop of buzzing rickshaws and traffic-choked streets. Then, with a tiger safari amid Ranthambore's jungle-shrouded ruins sandwiched in between, you'll let expert-led tours introduce you to the marbled beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, the desert sensibilities of Bikaner and the glittering palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, all framed by the stunning landscapes of Rajasthan, India's land of kings. Finally, head south to Mumbai, the Subcontinent's commercial powerhouse, where the bright lights of Bollywood reflect against the gently lapping waters of the Arabian Sea.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Arrive at the airport to enjoy your included VIP lounge access before departing on your overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2
Delhi

Arriving into Delhi, a private transfer will see you to your city-centre hotel whose award-winning blend of old-world charm and art deco flourishes set the scene for gourmet dining and indulgent spa relaxation. In the afternoon, optional excursions might introduce you to Delhi's vibrant street food scene on a rickshaw dash through its liveliest markets, or to the more traditional side of Indian cuisine with a cookery demonstration and dinner at a family home. 

Stay: The Claridges, New Delhi (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 3
Delhi/Agra

This morning, before your departure, you'll have the option of a half-day private city tour. Call into the 16th-century Red Fort – a former palace of Mughal kings – and stop at the poignant Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandhi before the grand architecture of the Jama Masjid mosque leads you on to Chandni Chowk. This sprawling market's chaotic bustle is a marked contrast to the tree-lined boulevards and landscaped-garden surrounds of New Delhi's Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. In the evening, a private transfer brings you to Safdarjung Railway Station to board the Maharajas' Express. It's the starting point of your rail journey through India, beginning with a gourmet meal and cross-country jaunt north to Agra in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Agra/Ranthambore

Rise early to embark on a tour of one of the world's true architectural icons – the Taj Mahal. Watch the changing colours of sunrise across its white marble façade before a champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, served to spectacular front-row views of the Taj Mahal's gleaming mausoleum. The rest of the day is free for further touring in Agra – the city's fort is perhaps India's most impressive – or return to the train to relax before departing to Ranthambore National Park.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Ranthambore/Jaipur

Arrive early into Ranthambore for a tiger safari among its crumbling jungle ruins. Once the maharajas' hunting ground, since the 1970s the park has become a standard bearer for Indian conservation and is now perhaps the best place on the Subcontinent to spot tigers in their natural habitat. But, even if you don't see a tiger – and there is certainly an element of luck involved with a population of just over 50 animals – there's plenty more to keep your eyes peeled for; crocodiles fill the lakes as everything from jungle cats and jackals to sambar deer and Indian wild boar roam the forest floor. After your tour, lunch will be served back on board the train as you wend your way south to Rajasthan and its capital, Jaipur. Here, a sightseeing tour will introduce you to its Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory before a you head to a gourmet dinner at the City Palace.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Bikaner

Having travelled through the night you'll arrive early into Bikaner. Begin with a leisurely breakfast on board before perhaps taking an optional tour to Lalgarh Palace, Deshnok Temple or one of the region's many camel breeding farms, an important industry in this part of Rajasthan. After lunch, a further tour will bring you first to the palaces, temples and pavilions of Junagarh Fort before a unique opportunity to partake in a camel cart procession will put your right at the heart of Rajasthan's desert culture. You'll also be treated to a traditional folk dance performance as you relax with a cocktail and barbecue dinner served as the sun sets over Bikaner's rolling dunes.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Jodhpur

After a night spent crossing the Rajasthan desert, you'll arrive into Jodhpur. A city characterised by the cobalt-blue jumble that fans out from the base of Mehrangarh Fort, it's a place of winding, medieval lanes and thronging markets where turban-clad locals trade everything from spices and saris to snuff. After breakfast on board, there's a choice of an optional excursion to a local Bishnoi tribal village or to head for a treatment at a city spa hotel. Then, following lunch, you'll join your guide for a tour of the fort itself before peering down from its battle-scarred ramparts to sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and giant blue mosaic below. This evening, cocktails and dinner will be served at an exclusive venue before your return to the train.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Udaipur

Framed by the rolling Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is Rajasthan's most romantic city. Perched on the storied shores of Lake Pichola, its glittering lake palace – now a luxury hotel – is among India's most evocative buildings while the timeless lanes of the city itself – packed incense-filled temples and countless havelis – are an atmospheric joy to explore. Your day here begins with a tour of the City Palace and Crystal Gallery before a gourmet lunch served at one of the city's most exclusive hotels – the Fateh Prakash Palace. In the afternoon, a walking tour will introduce you to the thronging bustle of the old bazaar before a choice of either visiting a vintage car collection belonging to one of Rajasthan's royal families or taking in an evening light show at the City Palace.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Day 9
Balasinor

Leave the train in Sevaliya for a road transfer to the erstwhile princely state of Balasinor in Gujarat. Famed for its fossil museum, this is India's Jurassic Park and a guided tour will showcase its unique history, best seen in the fossilised remains of Rajasaurus Narmadensis, a carnivorous dinosaur species of the Cretaceous period that roamed the Narmada regions some 65 million years ago. Then, after a visit to a local village, you'll enjoy a privileged meeting with the Balasinor royal family who'll host an exclusive lunch before you return to the train for your overnight journey to Mumbai.

Stay: The Maharajas’ Express (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Mumbai

After a farewell breakfast on board you'll arrive into Mumbai for a private transfer to your luxury hotel overlooking the sweeping curve of Marina Drive. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this intriguing city where millionaires' mansions and grand colonial buildings sit side-by-side with some of Asia's largest slums. It's a commercial powerhouse and home to the country's film industry, a place of unrelenting development and a hotbed of conflicting religions. Often challenging, but always rewarding, Mumbai provides a fitting end to your stay on the Subcontinent. 

Stay: Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 11
Mumbai/UK

A private transfer brings you to Mumbai's international airport for your daytime flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

11-day luxury rail and city-stay holiday from £6,780

Deluxe

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Delhi and Mumbai to London
  • Private transfers from/to airports and rail stations
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard Maharajas Express on a full-board basis including shared excursions
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 5* (Deluxe) hotel on a B&B basis

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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