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Explore the Charms and Vivid Landscapes India with the Jewels of India Tour

The Jewels of India, the newest addition to the existing trip circuits of Maharajas’ Express, gives tourists an opportunity to feel the romance of Agra, thrill of the wild Ranthambore, the grandeur of Royal Rajasthan India and the rich historic culture of the region in a royal style. From Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Osiyan, Udaipur and back to Delhi – the journey covers exquisite locations and different landscapes across India over a period of seven days. If you are travelling to India and want to experience the different flavors in a single trip, then board the Maharajas’ Express, on its the Jewels of India tour.

The Jewels of India itinerary begins from Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. The first in this journey is Agra – the ‘city of love’ and Mughal splendor. Apart from the quintessential monument of love – the Taj Mahal, the city has the magnificent Agra Fort that you can visit on the very first day of the visit. The Taj Mahal, which is synonymous with love, was built by emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monuments also houses the tombs of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his loved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The third day of the Jewels of India tour offers thrill, for it is the day when the Maharajas’ Express arrives at Sawai Madhopur, which is famous for the Ranthambore National Park. Hop on an open jeep for the jungle safari and experience an adrenaline rush. The train reaches Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, amidst the different tunes of bands and beats of Nagadas on the same day. Apart from the architectural marvels of the Rajput, Jaipur is famous for its markets and jewelry.

The narrow lanes of local markets burst with crowds of people and are dominated by a riot of sights, sounds and colors. Although, in these markets one can buy almost anything under the Sun, but what it is especially famous for is its embroidered and printed fabrics, jewellry, paintings, carved wooden artifacts and other local crafts.
On the fourth day, get ready to be dazzled by the beauty of the Amber Fort. Amber Fort is done in red sand stone and white marble and is a marvel of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The beauty of one of its famous pavilions, Sheesh Mahal, is impeccable and will surely let you spellbound. Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) are some of the main tourist attractions of the city.

As the train reaches Jodhpur on the fifth day, it is the time to witness the magnificence of Mehrangarh Fort. Famous for its intricate latticed windows and detailed work, Mehrangarh Fort is one of India’s largest forts. Udai Mandir, Masuriya Hill Garden, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Clock Tower are some of the other famous places to visit in Jodhpur. The market around the Old Clock Tower is the perfect place to buy souvenirs for your near and dear ones. A walk down the lanes of the local market will let you imbibe the local culture and rustic beauty of the city. Later in the day, the train reaches Osiyan, the oasis in the Thar Desert.

Osiyan is famous for ruins of ancient temples, camel rides and picturesque views of sand dunes. What could be a better way to end the day then to end it on a musical note by enjoying the tunes of folk music and savoring traditional delicacies?

The sixth day is all about visiting Udaipur – the city that presents itself as India’s most quintessentially romantic city after Agra. With its lakes and palaces, it is a veritable oasis in other ways barren region. A boat ride at Lake Pichola, visit to the Lake Palace, City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Shipgram and Udaipur Solar Observatory are some of the must visit places in Udaipur. The forte of the city not only lies in the diversity of what it has to offer, but also in the warmth of its people. The old bazar of Udaipur exhibits the flamboyance of the culture of Rajasthan.

On the seventh day, the morning dawns in Delhi, as the tour covers a complete circle and comes to an end at the same place where it had started.