Maharaja Express Indian Splendour Tour
Maharaja Express Indian Splendour Tour
Destinations : Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai
Explore various exotic destinations during Indian Splendour Tour
This journey takes you to beautiful Agra and a wild safari to the Ranthambore National Park. You can witness the regal beauty of Udaipur and get a chance to explore the world famous lakes, palaces and temples of this enchanting city. You can enjoy a heady mix of royalty, old markets and great local food. All these activities will keep you enchanted during the Indian Splendour Tour and you will cherish these experiences dearly.
Day 1: Start of Indian Splendour Tour
The guests will reach the Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi by 2030 hours in the evening. The first thing will be the completion of registration and check in formalities related to The Maharaja Express. All the guests are given a warm welcome as they board The Maharaja Express and served a refreshing welcome drink as they board the train. Then they can relax onboard and enjoy the luxury and comfort.
The Maharaja Express departs Delhi at around 2200 hours and it starts its journey to the historic city of Agra. The guests are served dinner onboard the train.
Day 2: Agra
The Maharaja Express will reach the famous city of Agra in the morning. The city is famous all over the world for Taj Mahal and it attracts a large number of visitors from all over the world. Agra also served as the capital of India during the Mughal rule and is a famous centre for art and culture. There are a large number of famous historical monuments all over the city and it retains a unique charm as a famous historic destination.
The first stop will be the legendary Taj Mahal and no words can describe the joy of watching this beautiful monument dedicated to Love. Taj was built during the reign of Shah Jahan and it was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his beloved wife. It took more than 20 years and the hard work of over 20,000 artists to complete it. It is the finest example of the fusion between Indian and Persian architecture and also a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
Then the guests will be served Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema that overlooks the beautiful Taj Mahal. It is a great way to not only enjoy your meal but also admire the unmatched beauty of this wonderful monument. After the meal you can come and relax onboard The Maharaja Express. You also have the option of going for going to Fatehpur Sikri OR a visit to Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb.
The lunch will be served onboard The Maharaja Express and then you will visit Agra Fort. It is one of the most beautiful old monuments and its architecture is worth remembering and one of the highlights. Agra Fort is located close to Taj Mahal and attracts a lot of people as it offers peace and calm to everyone. It has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its importance.
You also have the option of going for Spa at a 5 stay hotel OR private shopping for local made products and antique Mughal jewellery. Then you can board The Maharaja Express and relax onboard. The dinner will be served onboard and the train will start its onward journey.
Day 3: Ranthambore – Jaipur
The Maharaja Express will reach Sawai Madhopur in the morning and it is an ideal time to go for wild safari inside the Ranthambore National Park. This place used to serve as the hunting ground for royal family and was made a National Park in the year 1973. This place is famous for Royal Bengal Tiger and you can easily see this beautiful animal here. Besides tigers, it is great to watch animals like sambar, chital, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. Though the tiger cannot be seen easily you may be able to see it if you are really lucky. Other animals also look great in their natural habitat.
Then the guests will be served a lavish breakfast at Vivanta by Taj, Sawai Madhour and then they return and board The Maharaja Express. The train will start its journey to Jaipur and you can enjoy the nice scenery outside.
Jaipur is the next destination and it is a beautiful and mesmerizing city. The city was built during the 18th century during the reign of Raja Jai Singh. It was built in a very planned and advanced manner to ensure that its residents do not face any problems. The city is the capital city of Rajasthan and an important business and economic destination. It is also popularly known as Pink City and attracts a large number of visitors.
The guests will be served lunch onboard The Maharaja Express and they can enjoy their meal. The first stop will be the famous Amber Fort and it is an architectural marvel full of rugged beauty. The construction of this fort started during the reign of Raja Man Singh I and was finished when Raja Jai Singh became the king. The extensive use of red sandstone and white marble offer a unique charm top Amber Fort that has not diminished with the passage of time. This is also a great place to enjoy peace and tranquility in abundance and this makes it one of the best places to visit during Indian Splendour tour.
After that you can shop for local delights like jewellery, local clothes and blue pottery that are one of the biggest attractions of Jaipur. All these things can be purchased in the local market. You also have the option of going for Spa in a 5 star hotel OR enjoy private shopping OR play a round of Golf at the Rambagh Golf Club OR visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
The next stop will be Jai Mahal Palace Hotel and you will see an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match there. All the guests will be welcomed in a royal manner with a military band and the beating of celebratory Nagadas. You can also join as a player in this polo match if you want and it is full of fun and excitement. It will be followed by a Champagne Dinner where you can enjoy some great food and relish the whole experience.
After dinner you will return to The Maharaja Express and get a chance to relax onboard after a hectic day. You can enjoy the comfort and luxury and The Maharaja Express will start its journey to Bikaner.
Day 4: Bikaner
The Maharaja Express will reach Bikaner in the morning and the city is well known for its rugged beauty. The guests will be served breakfast onboard The Maharaja Express and after that they can explore the city and the beautiful attractions.
The city of Bikaner used to serve as a major centre for all the desert caravans as it occupied a strategic location. Most of these caravans used to pass through Bikaner and this made it an important destination. The city of Bikaner is also renowned for its large number of forts, palaces and temples. They are built with red and yellow sandstone and the passage of time has failed to diminish their charms.
You can either relax onboard The Maharaja Express OR go for any of the optional tours like a visit to the Lalgarh Palce Museum where you can see a large collection of old objects belonging to the Bikaner Royal family OR visit the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok which is also popularly known as Rat Temple. You can also go and visit the Camel Breeding Farm that opens at 1200 hours normally.
Then you will return for lunch onboard The Maharaja Express. The next stop will be the magnificent Junagarh Fort. It is one of the most beautiful and enchanting places on this tour and was built during the reign of Raja Rai Singh in the year 1593. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of this place and the main attractions include Diwan-i-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal.
The excitement does not end there and you will get a chance to take part in a camel-cart procession and this will surely promise a lot of thrills for everyone. Then you get a chance to relax and will be served sundowner cocktails and it is a nice way to relax after hectic activities. You can enjoy some musical and cultural performances by local artists and will definitely like these high energy performances. These will be followed by a barbecue dinner which gives you a chance to enjoy some great food in some great setting. The dinner promises to be one of the finest experiences during Indian Splendour tour. You can also witness the cultural diversity of Rajasthan during the evening.
All the guests will return to the comfort of The Maharaja Express after the dinner is over. The train will resume the next leg of its journey to Jodhpur.
Day 5: Jodhpur
The Maharaja Express will reach the beautiful city of Jodhpur. It is well known for its sunny weather all round the year and the rugged beauty and terrain of this place enchants all who come here. The guests will be served breakfast onboard and they can enjoy the great view.
You can relax onboard The Maharaja Express OR go for an optional village safari and visit a Bishnoi village. These are considered to be among the oldest environment conservation community in the whole world. You also have the option of enjoying a luxury spa at a 5 star hotel. Then you will return and relax onboard The Maharaja Express and will be served lunch after some time.
Then you get a chance to explore the renowned forts, palaces and old temples of Jodhpur and their beauty and architecture will surely please you. These attractions have made this city one of the most popular tourist destinations across the country.
You must visit the Old Clock Tower market to get an authentic feel of Jodhpur and can find various interesting things here. You can also shop for local products here and this is an ideal place to visit. Mehrangarh Fort is the next stop and it is one of the most renowned historical monuments in the country. It is one of the largest forts in India and has stood as a symbol of bravery of old warriors and princes. The fort is situated at a height of 400 feet above the city and surrounded by big walls. There is an old museum inside the fort that boasts of various objects related to the history and royalty of Rajasthan.
The next stop will be the regal Hanwant Mahal and all the guests will be taken there. It is an ideal place to relax after a lot of sightseeing and you can chill out here. A program full of cultural and musical performances is organized to showcase the cultural beauty and diversity of Rajasthan. The guests will also be served an elaborate cocktail dinner and they get to taste the amazing local Marwar delicacies. It is a great way to enjoy captivating cultural and musical performances and the delicacies are the perfect icing on the cake. This can be one of the best experiences during this whole journey.
The guests will return to The Maharaja Express after the dinner. They can relax onboard and the train will resume its journey to Udaipur.
Day 6: Udaipur
The Maharaja Express will reach the beautiful city of Udaipur in the morning. You can admire the breathtaking landscape of this place and enjoy the great view. The guests will be served breakfast onboard before they visit the beautiful attractions of Udaipur.
The city of Udaipur is famous all over the world for its unparalleled beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world. It boasts of a rich and vibrant history and the large number of palaces, lakes and old temples serve as a magnet to attract tourists. It is also fondly known as the Venice of the East and The City of Lakes. Udaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations across India and a large number of visitors come to visit this beautiful city.
The City Palace will hold your attention with its captivating architecture and grand size. It showcases the finest Mewar architecture and it has always been admired by visiting guests due to this reason. It was built during the reign of Maharana Udai Singh and has always been an important place. There are various other palaces inside the City Palace Complex and it also offers a panoramic and beautiful view of the entire city.
The next stop will be the Crystal Gallery and it boasts of a large collection of Osler cut glass and attracts a lot of visitors. There is a large collection of objects that are on display at this place and it has always fascinated people coming here. It was started during the times of Maharana Sajjan Singh in the year 1878 and a lot of things have been added to this collection since that time. You can see various items like candle stand, sofa set, dining table, washing bowl, crockery, table, decanter, perfume bottles and beds here. There is a carpet made with precious stones that remains one of the most prized possessions and can be termed a masterpiece.
Then all the guests can relax and enjoy the regal hospitality offered at the Durbar Hall. They are treated to a gourmet lunch and there is a wide choice of international cuisines and these are a delight for the weary senses and a perfect way to enjoy great food.
The guests can come and relax onboard The Maharaja Express and spend a leisurely afternoon OR opt for a luxury spa at a 5 star hotel OR can see the Vintage Car Collection of the Royal Family OR go for a private shopping tour. You can also go for a Walking Tour inside the Old Udaipur Market if you want.
Then you will return and relax onboard The Maharaja Express and get a chance to unwind after a hectic day. The guests will be served dinner onboard and the train will resume its journey to Balasinor.
Day 7: Balasinor
The Maharaja Express will reach Balasinor in the morning and this city is renowned for being one of the largest dinosaur fossil sites in the whole world. The guests will be served breakfast onboard before they start their trip to the famous site.
You will arrive into the small town of Balasinor in Gujarat and it attracts people from distant parts of India and many countries. It is famous for being the place where dinosaur fossils were discovered accidentally during 1981. It has been found that seven species of dinosaurs lived at this place and fossils of 10,000 dinosaur eggs have been discovered here. The discovery made it the third biggest hatchery where dinosaur eggs have been discovered in the whole world. A lot of tourists and scientists from all over the world come here and this has made it popular as a site that promotes Dinosaur Tourism.
Then all the guests will be taken for a village visit and it will end with a special lunch arranged with the Royal Family. This is a nice way to learn about their culture and also taste some local food and delicacies that will simply melt in your mouth.
After the lunch the guests will come and board The Maharaja Express and the train will start the last leg of its journey to Mumbai. The guests can relax after a hectic day and they will also be served dinner onboard.
Day 8: End of Indian Splendour Tour
The Maharaja Express will reach Mumbai in the morning and the guests will be served breakfast onboard. The journey will end there and guests can depart for their respective destinations.
Highlights of Indian Splendour Tour
- Visit World Famous Taj Mahal at Agra
- Enjoy Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema
- Wild Safari at Ranthambore National Park
- Enjoy Elephant Polo Match in Jaipur
- Relish Sundowner Cocktails on sand dunes in Bikaner
- Royal Dinner at Hanwant Mahal in Jodhpur
- Gourmet Lunch at Durbar hall in Udaipur
- Dinosaur Fossil Park Visit in Balasinor with a Meeting and Lunch with Royal Family