Maharajas Express - The Indian Panorama

(9 days)

Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow, Delhi

This enchanting tour that both begins and ends in Delhi encompasses major north and central India’s tourist stops and places of Interest. Chugging along to places such as Agra where you can catch a glimpse of a monumental and eternal love the Taj Mahal or the sacred city of Varanasi where you can visit some legendary Ghats on the banks of the holy river Ganga. At destinations such as Khajuraho there are a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites that make for a wonderful visit. The cultural and architectural skills of the Chandelas from an era long forgotten are a spectacular view. The Maharajas Express train itself has been designed to provide you with a luxurious stay. From lavish dining facilities to bespoke interiors, the sheer opulence of the affair will leave you longing for more.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Family

At a Glance

Delhi (1 night), Jaipur (1 night), Agra (1 night), Gwalior (1 night), Khajuraho (1 night), Varanasi (1 night), Varanasi (1 night), Delhi (1 night), Delhi (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Take a tour around the old and meandering lanes of Delhi with our skilled guides
  • Visit the mystical Amber Fort, view the spectacle of an Elephant Polo Match, golf at some spectacular landscapes or visit monuments and historical places in Jaipur
  • Visit the fabled fort of Fatehpur Sikri or chase some of the big cats around at the Ranthambore National Park
  • Enjoy the opulent lifestyle as you sip on champagne during breakfast before heading over to the colossal Taj Mahal
  • Visit the enchanting palace of Usha Kiran in Gwalior for lunch before heading out to explore the terrain
  • Explore the palace compounds of Jai Vilas as you enjoy some lavishly laid out hi-tea.
  • Orchha’s adorned Jahangin Mahal and the fabled temples of Khajuraho are a must visit on the itinerary.
  • The majestic ruins of Sarnath in Varanasi are as magical to view as the famous Aarti on the banks of the Ganga.
  • Explore the lesser known Rumi Darwaza and the Badalmambara in Lucknow before you head over to enjoy an authentic Awadhi meal prepared by the Royal Kitchen.

Detailed Itinerary


Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

On arrival Trip To India Representative will meet and transfer to hotel.

Following day proceed for a guided tour of city.
Later afternoon transfer to railway station to board the train.
After a traditional welcome complete your registration formalities and proceed to board the train and enjoy on board dinner as you begin this wonderful journey.

  • 2030 Welcome and check-in at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station
  • 2130 Dinner on-board
  • 2200 Maharajas' Express leaves for Jaipur. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Jaipur (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Jaipur

Jaipur

The capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is reminiscent of the royal way of life that was once integral to this region. Today it is fondly referred to as the “Pink City” because of the trademark structures that sit here.

Activities

  • 0800 Breakfast on-board
  • 0950 Arrive into Jaipur.
  • 1000 Visit the Amber Fort.
  • 1230 Proceed to City Palace/Jai Mahal Palace for an exclusive Elephant Activity where guests may choose to indulge in to paint them, feed them or take a joy ride followed by Lunch.
  • 1530 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express OR may also choose to participate in the optional activities such as Spa facilities at the Palace hotel OR private shopping tour OR Golfing at Rambagh Golf club OR Visit to city Palace & the Observatory(Jantar Mantar).
  • 2000 Dinner on-board
  • 2300 The Maharajas' Express leaves for Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore).

 

Agra (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Agra

Agra

Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, the city of Agra throngs with tourists all year round. Reminiscent of the glory that was once the Mogul Empire, this city is seeping in history and gorgeous architecture.

Activities

  • 0630 Train arrive at Sawai Madhopur. Breakfast on Board. Proceed for an exciting
  • Game Drive at Ranthambore National Park.
  • 0930 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express.
  • 1430 The Maharajas express departs for fatehpur Sikri.Lunch on Board.
  • 1430 Arrive into Fatehpur Sikri.
  • 1515 Visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • 1800 Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express.
  • 2000 Dinner on-board. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Gwalior (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Gwalior

Gwalior

The historical city of Gwalior is located at a 2 hour drive from the famous city of Agra. The largest city in all of central India, it is often referred to as the tourist capital of its state, the heart of Incredible India, Madhya Pradesh.

Activities

  • 0700 Arrive into Agra. Proceed to visit the Taj Mahal.
  • 0945 Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema
  • 1045 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express.
  • 1200 Maharajas' Express proceeds for Gwalior.
  • 1230 On-board lunch
  • 1445 Proceed for a visit to Gwalior Fort, Saas Bahu Temple and Jain Cave Sculptures. OR you may choose to avail spa facilities at Palace Hotel.
  • 1800 Visit the Jai Vilas Palace Museum followed by Hi Tea in the compound of the palace.
  • 2030 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express as the train proceeds to Khajuraho. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Khajuraho (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Khajuraho

Khajuraho

Named aptly, owing to the abundance of Khajur (date) trees in the region; Khajuraho is a major landmark holding religious significance in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The world renowned tourist attraction is an archaeological site of gigantic proportions portraying splendid shrines devoted to Hindu deities Shiva, Vishnu and Jain Tirthank. Travelers can explore the exclusive Nagara-style architecture in the temple complex and browse though the many erotic sculptures depicting Gods of love.

Activities

  • 0630 Breakfast on-board.
  • 1200 Lunch on-board
  • 1500 Arrive into Khajuraho and proceed to visit the Khajuraho temples(Western Group Of Temples).
  • 1815 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express OR may avail spa facilities at a hotel OR Sound and Light Show OR Dances of India Show.
  • 2015 Dinner on-board.
  • 2315 Maharajas' Express proceeds for Varanasi.Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Varanasi (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Varanasi

Varanasi

Varanasi is a holy city and is famous as one of the oldest cities in the world. Also popularly known as Banaras, it is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh on the banks of Holy Ganges.

Activities

  • 0800 Breakfast on-board
  • 1200 Arrive into Varanasi
  • 1230 De-board and proceed to visit Silk Weaving Center followed by lunch at Vivanta by Taj Hotel.
  • 1500 Visit Sarnath ruins and museum.
  • 1630 Proceed for Boat ride at River Ganges to witness evening aarti.
  • 2000 Return to the comfort of the Maharajas' Express. Dinner on-board.
  • 2300 The Maharajas' Express leaves for Lucknow. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

 

Varanasi (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Varanasi

Varanasi

Varanasi is a holy city and is famous as one of the oldest cities in the world. Also popularly known as Banaras, it is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh on the banks of Holy Ganges.

Activities

  • 0700 Breakfast on-board.
  • 0815 Disembark and Proceed to visit Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and The Residency Followed by cocktail Lunch at Taj Hotel.
  • 1600 Return to the comfort of Maharajas' Express.
  • 1900 Enjoy an "Indian Evening" followed by dinner on-board.
  • 2130 The Maharajas' Express leaves for Delhi.

 

Delhi (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

  • 0715 Breakfast on-board
  • 0830 Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to an end!


On arrival meet and transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

 

Delhi (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

Delhi

Delhi

Formally known as the National Capital Territory; Delhi has been consistently colonized after the 6th century BC and is the country capital today. Legend states that the city was once the location of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandava clan. Delhi is home to 1,200 heritage structures, over 175 historical monuments and is a major travel hub.

Activities

In time transfer to board flight for onward journey.

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Locations & Directions

Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow, Delhi

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"Dear Mr. Dhir, I wish to thank you for coordinating all the arrangements to make our trip to Rajasthan a memorable one. Thank you again for your time and efforts."

-Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz

(Riyadh)