Maharaja Express Indian panorama Tour
Maharaja Express Indian panorama Tour
Destinations : Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi
Enjoy a wide range of diverse activities during Indian Panorama Tour
This tour is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and diversity offered by India. The historical city of Delhi will be the starting point for a fascinating and exciting journey. You can immerse yourself in spirituality at Varanasi and take a boat ride on the famous River Ganges. The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the most enchanting destinations and Khajuraho also promises lot of excitement. A wild safari inside the Ranthambore National Park is also one of the main highlights of the Indian Panorama Tour.
Day 1: Start of Indian Panorama Tour from Delhi
All the guests will first assemble at the Safdarjung Railway Station by 2030 hours in the evening. The first thing will be the completion of all the registration and check in formalities before boarding The Maharaja Express. They are given a royal welcome as they board the train and served a welcome drink as they arrive onboard. Then you can relax onboard and the dinner will also served be served shortly.
The train departs from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi around 2200 hours to start its journey to the beautiful city of Jaipur.
Day 2: Jaipur
The Maharaja Express will reach the city of Jaipur in the morning. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most beautiful and enchanting destinations that attracts people from all over the world. This city was built during the 18th century but it was planned and made to ensure comfort and convenience for its residents. It is also popularly known as Pink City and is one of the most visited places across India.
The guests will be served breakfast onboard The Maharaja Express. Then the tour of Jaipur will commence and the first stop will be the Jai Mahal Palace hotel. You will be entertained in a unique manner with an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. It will surely catch your fancy as it is a completely entertaining activity. A Champagne lunch is the perfect way to relax and you get a chance to enjoy some great food and relax in royal comfort.
After the lunch your next stop will be the Amber Fort. The glorious architecture of this place can easily impress anyone and is an ideal reflection of the hard work and dedication of experienced craftsmen. This fort has mainly been built using red sandstone and white marble as these things are found in abundance in the surrounding regions.
Then you get a chance to go shopping for ethnic products in the local markets. These attractive gifts include antique jewelry, clothes made by local artisans and blue pottery that have made Jaipur one of the most well known shopping destinations.
The guests also have the option of going for spa at a luxury hotel OR go for a private shopping tour OR play a round of Golf at the Rambagh Golf Club OR go for a visit to the City Palace and the popular Jantar Mantar.
Then you will came and board The Maharaja Express and relax in the luxury offered by this train. You will be served a sumptuous dinner onboard and the train will resume its onward journey to Sawai Madhopur.
Day 3: Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri
The Maharaja Express will arrive at Sawai Madhopur in the early morning next day. This is an ideal time to go for wild safari to the Ranthambore National Park. This used to be the private hunting grounds for Kings and Princes during old times. It was made a National Park in the year 1973. Ranthambore National Park is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India and home to tigers, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and a large number of other animals. A tiger in the wild is much different from zoo and it can be a fascinating experience to see it. Other animals can also seem pretty interesting in the open wild spaces.
Then all the guests are served with a hearty breakfast at Vivanta by Taj, Sawai Madhopur. They return to The Maharaja Express after that and the train will start its journey. The shifting scenery is a delight to see and this is certainly one of the best parts of this trip. The changing desert landscape can charm you and its beauty cannot be compared to anything else. A lavish lunch is the perfect icing on the cake as you enjoy the view.
The Maharaja Express will reach Fatehpur Sikri after some time. This old and famous city was built as a walled city by the Mughal rulers to protect it from any kind of outside invasion. The city still serves as a reminder of the strength and architectural advancement of those times. Fatehpur Sikri boasts of some famous structures like Buland-Darwazah and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, Khass Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Jama Masjid, Diwan-I-Khass and Diwan-I-Am. This city was built after giving a lot of consideration to water storage and safety of its occupants. It has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to historic importance.
Fatehpur Sikri was turned into his capital by Akbar in the year 1571. He shifted his capital here from Agra and named it Fathehabad meaning victory in Arabic language and it gradually came to be known as Fatehpur Sikri. It was built during the 16th century but it continues to be in excellent condition and one of the most well preserved specimens of Mughal architecture found across India. The extensive use of red sandstone has lent this place a unique charm of its own that has not faded with the passage of time. A visit to Fatehpur Sikri is the best way to experience the unmatched beauty of this architectural wonder.
After your visit you will return to The Maharaja Express and relax onboard the train. You will be served with a nice dinner and the train will start its journey towards Agra.
Day 4: Agra – Gwalior
The Maharaja Express will reach Agra in the morning. The city is renowned globally for Taj Mahal and this historical monument attracts visitors from all parts of the world. It is a tribute to Love and was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal by Shah Jahan. The beauty of Taj Mahal is something that has to be seen to be believed. It displays the fusion of finest aspects of Indian and Persian architecture. There are no words that can describe the eternal beauty and appeal of Taj Mahal. This is the reason that so many people flock to see this historical monument and it has been conferred as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
All the guests will be served Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema that overlooks Taj Mahal and you can relish the view of Taj Mahal and enjoy your food. Then the guests return and board The Maharaja Express again and it starts its journey to Gwalior.
After your arrival in Gwalior all the guests will be welcomed in a Royal style and a grand lunch will be arranged at the Usha Kiran Palace. It is a great way to start your journey and enjoy the great Indian hospitality in a regal manner.
Then you will go and visit the historic Gwalior Fort that is one of the largest forts in India and has witnessed various important events. The fort stands on a hill overlooking Gwalior city and offers a panoramic view of the city. The fort was built during the reign of Raja Man Singh in the 15th century. The beautiful architecture and grand size of Gwalior Fort can mesmerize anyone. Even Mughal Emperor Babur was highly impressed with Gwalior Fort and declared it to be the finest forts across India. It is also renowned as Gibraltar of India.
Something unique about this fort is that this is the place where the use of zero was recorded by the human civilization. This gives it a unique place in the history and evolution of mankind. The historical importance of this fort can be gauged from the fact that the Indian Postal Service has launched a special postage stamp to commemorate Gwalior Fort. You must also visit the museum located inside the fort.
The next stop will be the Jai Vilas Palace Museum in Gwalior. It is located inside Jai Vilas Mahal that used to the residence of the royal family of Gwalior. There is a large collection of antique objects at this museum that can captivate anyone interested in history. Some of these notable things include 2 Belgian chandeliers, glass cradle from Italy, silver train used by Jayaji Rao Scindia, swords of Mughal Kings Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan. There are many other things you will surely find fascinating and will make your trip to the Jai Vilas Palace Museum worth remembering. It also gives you a chance to know more about the rich culture and history of Maratha dynasty that ruled this part of India during old times. This will be followed by Hi Tea inside the Jai Vilas Palace Compound.
Then you will come back and board The Maharaja Express and get a chance to relax after a hectic day. After some rest the guests are served dinner and the train will resume the next leg of the journey.
Day 5: Orchha – Khajuraho
The Maharaja Express will arrive at Jhansi Railway Station in the morning and the guests will be served a lavish breakfast to get them ready for a hectic day. You can get a chance to visit various important historical destinations that are closely linked to India’s history.
The legendary Jahangiri Mahal located on the banks of Betwa River is one of the finest specimens of Mughal architecture. This beautiful monument was built during the reign of Raja Bir Singh and completed by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in the year 1598. It offers an amazing and panoramic view of the surrounding areas. This place was a strong garrison and also used to control the surrounding regions during old times. The fascinating architecture and the grand size of this place make it one of the most attractive places to visit. This old and beautiful monument has stood the test of time and still looks grand and imposing.
The city of Orchha boasts of various other landmarks that are a must visit during your journey. One of them is the Chaturbhuj Temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and attracts a large number of people from all over the country. It was built in 875 during the rule of Gurjara Pratihara dynasty and is one of the most beautiful temples in India. This temple consists of a colonnade that was added later and a big sanctum with pancharatha Sikhara, a vestibule and a porch. The temple complex has a curved tower that is a nice place to relax and enjoy the view of nearby areas.
Some other old palaces and temples are also places where you can find a lot of excitement and relaxation. The vast stretch of land near Betwa River is full of various historical monuments and these are ideal reminders of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of this region. It may not be a very well known destination but still offers a lot of attractions that can keep anyone occupied with their rich and fascinating description.
Then you will return to The Maharaja Express and relax in the midst of comfort and luxury onboard. The lunch will also be served shortly after that and the train will start the journey towards Khajuraho.
The Maharaja Express will reach Khajuraho shortly and witness the majestic charms of the world famous Khajuraho temples. These are one of the most popular tourist attractions in India and they attract millions of foreign tourists from all over the world.
These temples have a unique place of their own in India and they get a lot of attention as well as appreciation due to this reason. Khajuraho Temples were built more than one thousand years ago during the reign of Chandela Rajput dynasty in Central India. All these temples were made between 950 AD- 1050 AD and a total of 85 temples were built during this period. These old temples are the best symbols of Indian architecture and the fine craftsmanship of artisans. These things have made Khajuraho Temples one of the most popular global tourist destinations and they have also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just 22 temples have survived of all those temples but these are enough to attract visitors and keep them hooked. All these old sculptures depict a wide range of activities and some of these are erotic in nature. These have always received a lot of attention but are a part of the large number of sculptures at Khajuraho temples. These depict people, animals and various activities that are a part of human life.
The erotic art mainly depicts various kinds of sexual activities between men and women. These sculptures and their vividness is something that has always intrigued people coming here. You can also see women doing domestic chores, artists, farmers, normal people and potters. All these sculptures correctly depict the life of people of old times and are a part of the rich cultural heritage of old India.
You also have the option of going for a spa at a luxury hotel after your visit to Khajuraho Temples. You can also directly come back and board The Maharaja Express and relax after a hectic day. The peace and calm of the train can really help you to relax and you can enjoy the comforts. The guests will also be served dinner onboard and the train will resume its journey to the sacred city of Varanasi.
Day 6: Varanasi
The Maharaja Express will arrive in the sacred city of Varanasi which is the oldest city in the world. The guests will be served breakfast onboard and after that they can enjoy the varied and large number of attractions offered by this city.
Varanasi is the oldest inhabited cities in the world and is also known as Kashi and Banaras in Hindi. Hindus have always associated Varanasi with religion and spirituality since old times. People from all over the world come to this city and it is renowned for great silk, river ghats and River Ganges. The large numbers of temples in this city also adds to its charms and make it an attractive destination for religious travelers. Varanasi is also the most popular pilgrimage destinations for Hindu people and it is widely believed that people who are cremated here can get liberation from the birth cycle.
The city is also one of the most sacred destinations for Buddhists as Sarnath the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment is located very close to this city. Buddha started to propagate Buddhist religion from this place. You must go and visit various important sites related to Buddhist history and all these will surely please you. Sarnath Museum is also full of many interesting objects related to Buddhism and life of Gautama Buddha.
Then you can board The Maharaja Express again and relax onboard for some time after exploring the various attractions in Varanasi. After some time the lunch will be served and you can enjoy it. You can spend some time in a leisurely manner after lunch.
The next stop after lunch will be The Silk Weaving Centre and you can learn about silk weaving and the famous silk clothes. Then the River Ghats of Varanasi will captivate you with their colors and diversity. The best way to explore them is by going on a boat trip as it allows you to see closely all the things going on here. This is also the best way to experience the beauty of River Ganges and you must not miss the magical evening Aarti that transports Varanasi into a sea of spirituality and peace. The daily ritual on Varanasi Ghats is attended by a large number of priests, local people and tourists from everywhere.
Then after attending the Aarti function guests will return and board The Maharaja Express and relax onboard for some time. A grand dinner is the perfect way to end a nice day and the train will also continue its journey to Lucknow.
Day 7: Lucknow
The Maharaja Express will reach Lucknow in the morning. The city is famously known as The City of Nawabs and has a rich history and cultural legacy. The guests will be served breakfast onboard and then they can explore this historic and beautiful city.
Lucknow is located on the banks of River Gomti and it is also the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one the largest cities in India and the second largest city in North India. It is a very old city and is believed to be founded by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. The city served as the capital of Nawabs of Awadh during old times and this also makes it known as The City of Nawabs. It is also well known all over the world for great food and appreciation for art and culture.
The first stop in Lucknow will be the Bara Imambara and it was built during the reign of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784. It is a beautiful and grand structure and is also famously known as the Asafi Imambara. This is one of the most visited places in Lucknow and attracts a large number of visitors every day. The architecture of Bara Imambara is a treat for the eyes and reveals the architectural progress of those times. The whole complex also boasts of a large Asfi mosque, the bhulbhulayah or the labyrinth besides a bowli, a step well with running water.
The main vaulted central chamber has the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula. The chamber is 50 by 16 meters and more than 15 meters tall and is no supported by any beams and this makes it one of the largest arched constructions in the entire world. An 18 meter high Rumi Darwaza serves as the western entrance of this historic structure. This building can certainly be called the pride of this city and will surely make a mark on your memory.
The next landmark will be the British Residency of Lucknow and it is one of the most famous historic places in the city. The whole structure now lies in ruins and the Archaeological Survey of India manages the entire place. It has become a popular tourist attraction and a lot of visitors come to see British Residency. This place also served as the refuge for almost 3000 British citizens during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It was damaged extensively during that rebellion and many walls were hit with cannon shots which can still be found today. There is also a cemetery at a nearby ruined church that has almost 2000 graves of men, women and children. It also contains the grave of Sir Henry Lawrence who also died during the rebellion.
Then the guests will come back and relax onboard The Maharaja Express for some time. The lunch will be served onboard and you can relax after a visit to all these memorable and cherished places. You get a time to reflect on all these nice places and enjoy some tranquility.
In the evening, you get a chance to enjoy the famed hospitality and the great food and delights offered by Lucknow to all its visitors. You will enjoy an Indian Night at the Residence of Nawab of Jehagirabad. This is a perfect place to enjoy an evening that is filled with great music, cultural activities and great food that will leave you asking for more. You get a chance to enjoy Mughlai food and the famous Biryani that is renowned all over the world for its unmatched aroma and divine taste. This can become one of the best experiences in your whole life.
Then you will be returning to board The Maharaja Express and the train will depart for the last leg of the journey to Delhi.
Day 8: End of Indian Panorama Tour
The train will reach Delhi in the morning and the breakfast will be last meal of this journey. All the guests can leave for their journey back home after the meal and the Indian Panorama Tour will also end here.
Highlights of Indian Panorama Tour
- Elephant Polo Match followed by Champagne Lunch at Jai Mahal Palace Hotel
- Wildlife Safari at Ranthambore National Park
- Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema
- Grand Lunch and Visit to Gwalior Fort
- Visit the renowned temples in Orchha and Khajuraho Temples
- Get Immersed in Spirituality at Varanasi
- Enjoy Lucknow and its famous Attractions