12 Dec Maharajas’ Express – The Wonders of India
Maharajas’ Express – The Wonders of India
(Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi)
Witness breath-taking scenery, diverse cultures and rich heritage in one sensational luxury rail tour
Experience the wonders of India in royalty style aboard the Maharajas’ Express for an unforgettable 7 star ‘World Leading Luxury’ steam train excursion. This Indian Railway tour package will travel through breath-taking scenery as you visit 9 varied destinations across the heart of India to explore its many hidden riches in just 8 days. The first stop will be Jaipur for a visit the impressive Amber Fort before travelling onto the vivid greens of Ranthambore National Park for a game drive and potential sightings of the tigers. Explore the deserted, ancient Mughals capital city of Fatehpur Sikri and then continue on the Indian Odyssey with a visit to the monumental symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal in Agra. In Gwalior, lunch will be served in the historical Usha Kiran Palace and you can witness the classic collection of artefacts in the Jai Vilas Palace museum. A walking tour in Khajuraho will provide an opportunity to marvel at the exotic sculptures and figurines on the temple walls and in the holy city of Varanasi you can observe the divine beauty of the River Ganges.
Lucknow will be the final destination for you to savour the elegance of historic India before returning full circle to the bustling city of Delhi. This India tour package is available between October and April and makes a truly unique couples or honeymoon package for those wishing to combine enthralling exploration with divine luxury.
Th Highlights of The wonders Of India
- Grand Welcome Ceremony
- Amber Fort at Jaipur
- Elephant Painting and elephant polo match
- City Palace and Jantar Manta or game of golf/spa/shopping
- Jeep Safari to spot the tigers at Ranthambore National Park
- Ghost Town tour and heritage sites at Fatehpur Sikri
- The magnificent Taj Mahal with a champagne breakfast at Agra
- Arts and artefacts at Jai Vilas Palace Museum
- Hi-Tea at the Palace in Gwalior
- UNESCO World Heritage sites at Khajuraho including the Palace and Temple
- Silk Weaving Centre at Varanasi
- Rumi Darwaza and the Beda Imambara at Lucknow
Ref. No.: BFTIND2094
Price per person for gems of India route including flights starting from GBP 6,090
Season : October – April
– All prices are subject to availability
Buy one place and get a second half price
- The booking of the first adult based on twin sharing is at full cost and the second adult sharing the same cabin will receive a 50% discount.
For departure on 23rd Mar 2019;
- Price for 1st adult including flights starting from GBP 6,090
- 50% off for 2nd adult including flights price starting from GBP 3,045
– Offer valid for booking confirmed on or before 31 Jan 2019 and is subject to availability of cabins.
- International flights including all taxes with Air India
- Accommodation in a Deluxe Cabin on full board basis for 7 nights
- Monument entrance fees
- All applicable taxes
The Tour (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Day 1 Saturday: Delhi- Jaipur
Boarding the Maharajas’ Express from the capital city of Delhi, the train will take you out of the bustling city and into the heart of another historical city, Jaipur. A delicious dinner will be served aboard the luxury train.
Day 2 Sunday: Jaipur
After breakfast, you will visit Amber Fort, one of the most resplendent fortresses in Rajasthan with fortifies walls and battlement. It is used to be the erstwhile abode of the maharajas of Jaipur before the capital was shifted to City Palace, Jaipur. The tour will be followed by an exhibition Elephant Polo match and a sumptuous lunch at an exclusive venue.
Later you have option of visiting City Palace and Jantar Manta, enjoying a round of golf, some shopping or a rejuvenating spa session at a Palace hotel. Later return to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Monday: Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri
A game drive into Ranthambore National Park marks the beginning of today’s adventure. This tiger reserve in India offers the highest probability of spotting the elusive cats in their natural habitat. Return to the train for lunch. The train will roll on to Fatehpur Sikri where you’ll be taken to the tour of the famous ghost town and World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri.
Return to the comforts of Maharajas Express for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Tuesday: Agra - Gwalior
Embark on an early morning visit to Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the magnum opus of Mughal Architecture. An unforgettable breakfast session with champagne at the Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal is sure to be a highlight of the day with fabulous photo opportunities.
Continue on to Gwalior on board Maharajas Express. The excitement of the Wonders of India tour heightens with the train arriving in the city of Gwalior. You will also get a chance to explore the classic collection of arts and artefacts housed within the Jai Vilas Palace Museum besides the Durbar Hall.
Enjoy lunch in the historical Usha Kiran Palace and a Hi-Tea in the Palace Compounds before returning to the train for overnight stay.
Day 5 Wednesday: Orcha - Khajuraho
Today brings you to the next destination, Khajuraho, en-route visiting the sleepy little town of Orcha sprinkled with monuments. Orcha on the other hand offers glimpses of the rich repertoire of arts and crafts of the Bundela kings. Whilst here, visit the Jahangir Mahal, Chaturbhuj temple and the Orcha cenotaphs.
Khajuraho is mostly visited for the exotic sculptures and figurines that adorn the walls of the temples here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho attracts the leisure tourists, the spiritual tourists as well as tourists on an architectural tour, all on the same magnitude. A walking tour is the best option to explore the place and marvel at the creative and artistic genius of the artists who created these splendours.
Day 6 Thursday: Varanasi
The most holy city, sacred to both Hindus and non-Hindus, Varanasi is situated on the banks of the river Ganga. Sadhus taking a dip in the holy water of the river and devotees making beeline to enter into the temples are a few of the commonest sights that one comes across whilst here.
You will also visit the sister town of Sarnath that is most famous for the Buddhist connection. Go to see the Stupas and the meditating sites of the Buddha and relive an experience like never before. A trip to a Silk Weaving Centre is also on today’s itinerary.
Day 7 Friday: Lucknow
Explore the city of the Nawabs on the 7th day of the journey. A historical trail across the Residency, the Rumi Darwaza and the Bada Imambara will capture wonderful memories for you to carry back home. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and a ‘Nawabi’ evening at a private venue located in the heart of Lucknow. Later you’ll be served delectable “Awadhi Cuisine” from the Royal Kitchen.
Day 8 Saturday - Delhi
On the 8th day of the Wonders of India itinerary, Maharajas Express will complete full circle and arrive back in Delhi. Bid adieu to the sojourn after breakfast, taking with you fond memories to treasure forever.