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The Maharaja’s Express – Rajasthan to Mumbai

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12 days From £8,995 per person
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2024 Tour code: MSI24

About the tour

Travel in luxury on this palace on rails when you embark on the journey of a lifetime on the Maharaja's Express. This iconic journey begins in the vibrant city of Delhi and takes you to the Golden Triangle of Delhi, the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, and a tiger spotting safari in Ranthambore National Park. Visit the mesmerising desert citadel of Bikaner and end your adventure in magical Mumbai.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Maharaja’s Express
Maharaja’s Express
Travel in luxury aboard the Maharaja’s Express.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park
Go on safari in the Ranthambore National Park.
Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Experience the Amber Fort and the Junagarth Fort.
Delhi and Mumbai
Delhi and Mumbai
Discover the vibrant cities of Delhi and Mumbai.

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Outbound Travel

Day 1 – UK to Delhi

Your epic adventure begins today with your overnight flight from London to Delhi.

Exploring Delhi

Day 3 – Exploring Delhi

Exploring Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi today and get to know the city better. Take a walk around and soak up the atmosphere, see the magnificent Red Fort and visit a temple. Discover Delhi through its food by trying out a few local dishes and visit the vibrant and colourful markets. Or, choose one of our optional excursions, available at a supplement.

Maharaja’s Express

Day 4 – The Maharaja’s Express and the Taj Mahal

Maharaja’s Express

This morning you'll board the majestic Maharaja's Express for the journey of a lifetime. After enjoying a welcome drink and getting to know your surroundings, you'll depart Delhi for Agra. Brunch is served onboard as you arrive into Agra, the 'City of Mughal Splendour'. Here, you'll visit the world-famous Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this unique building is made of white marble with beautiful inlay work and marble screens. Following this once-in-a-lifetime visit, you'll return to the Maharajas' Express and spend your first night onboard.

Ranthambore National Park

Day 5 – Tiger spotting

Ranthambore National Park

You'll visit the stunning Agra Fort this morning. You'll return to the train for a relaxed breakfast onboard as you travel on to Ranthambore. Lunch is served onboard before you arrive into Ranthambore for an exciting game drive in the Ranthambore National Park. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park is famous for its open sightings of tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. You'll travel in open vehicles and the ride is quite bumpy and dusty, and you're advised to take warm clothes for winter months. You'll return to the Maharajas' Express for dinner onboard as you travel on to Jaipur.

Jaipur

Day 6 – Jaipur, the pink city

Jaipur

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard before leaving the train for an exciting tour of the pink city, including visit to Amber Fort. The Amber Fort, set in scenic and rugged hills is a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture and as its rugged exterior gives way to its inner beauty, you'll be transfixed by its majesty. Experience the Mughal era when you visit the Chamber of Mirrors and the Hall of Victory. You'll then return to the train for a leisurely lunch onboard, after which you can take some free time before you attend an exclusive dinner at the Rambagh Palace Hotel. The Palace was built in 1835 AD as the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur from 1925 to 1957, evidence of which can still be seen. Return to the station for your overnight stay as the Maharajas' Express continues on to Bikaner.

Bikaner

Day 7 – Bikaner, the Desert Citadel

Bikaner

Breakfast is served onboard this morning, before you arrive in to the desert citadel of Bikaner. You can take some free time to explore the city and then you'll return to the train for lunch. Following lunch, you'll visit the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. While the fort is incredible from the outside, encircled by a moat, its real beauty lies inside. The Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal with delight and amaze you. After, a convoy of camel carts accompanied by musicians takes you for a Sundowner on the Sand Dunes. Enjoy cocktails and traditional barbecue delicacies as you experience traditional folk arts like the Langaas and Kalbeliyas. Return to the train for your overnight stay as you continue on to Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh Fort

Day 8 – Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast onboard before your free time either on the train relaxing or on one of the optional tours to the Bishnoi villages, spa facilities at a 5 star hotel, to Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada, or to explore the city in your private car with guide. Return to the train for lunch onboard, before visiting the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, followed by a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market. As you reach the Market on Tuk Tuks, you'll pass some of the old houses and havelis. Lastly, enjoy an exclusive cocktail evening with a special Marwar meal served at an exclusive venue. Return to the train for your overnight stay while you continue your journey to Udaipur.

Udaipur

Day 9 - Udaipur

Udaipur

You'll wake in the pretty region of Mewar, one of the most popular royal states of the Rajputana. Watch the landscape of the Aravali Hills pass by while you enjoy breakfast as you arrive in to Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Your visit begins with a boat ride on Lake Pichola, followed by a visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. You'll then visit Mor Chowk with its lavish mosaics of peacocks, Moti Mahal with beautiful mirror work, Chini Mahal, and the spectacular Zenana Mahal. You'll feel like a king as you experience the Indian cuisine at the Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace. Following this lavish lunch you'll return to the train for a relaxed afternoon onboard as you journey on to Mumbai. Enjoy an 'Indian Evening' onboard, and relax for your overnight stay.

Arrive in Mumbai

Day 10 – Arrival in Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai

Enjoy your last relaxed morning onboard the Maharaja's Express, with a leisurely breakfast and lunch, before it's time to disembark at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in the financial capital city of Mumbai. Your Indian Splendour journey comes to an end here, but your Indian adventure continues. On arrival in Mumbai, you'll be transferred to the hotel of your choice. Choose from our 4* and 5* hotels, on a B&B basis.

Mumbai

Day 11 – Exploring Mumbai

Mumbai

Enjoy some free time in Mumbai today, and delve deeper into this cosmopolitan city. Formerly Bombay, Mumbai is the business centre of India, but it's also where India's Bollywood films are made and where art galleries and museums can be found.

It's a sprawling city, getting larger and more populated all the time, but you can catch the essence of Mumbai by strolling its streets, watching the locals go by, and gazing at the incredibly varied architecture.

Or, choose one of our optional excursions, available at a supplement, to get to know the city better.

Inbound Travel

Day 12 – Mumbai to the UK

Your adventure comes to an end today when you are transferred from your hotel in Mumbai to the airport, to catch your daytime flight back to London.

If you want to carry on the fun, you can extend your stay with one of our optional extensions.

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