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Maharajas Express Heritage of India Journey


“This eight day foray in to the fabled destinations of India combines cosmopolitan with small town locales. The emphasis on heritage is apparent in the forts of the lofty Moguls in Agra to the skyscrapers that challenge the horizon in Mumbai. It is evident in the shimmering lake city of Udaipur in surreal Rajasthan. Steeped in the cultural ethos of its destinations, the Maharajas’ Express makes its cultural voyage into the heart of tantalizing India. This unique amalgam of heritage, art and culture is conveyed through the rich and magical experience of travel on this train that is a milestone in luxury travel.

The first leg of the journey takes you to the awesome Ajanta caves after checking in to the taj Palace hotel , Mumbai. After dinner and breakfast on board, the passengers proceed to the Ajanta caves . These beautiful statements in stone are a must see for all travelers to India and what better way than with the luxury of the Maharajas Express Rail. After a lunch on board, the train leaves for the fascinating city of Udaipur. Dinner on board is followed by a sumptuous breakfast on board in Udaipur. The morning is spent sightseeing at the City Palace and the Crystal Gallery. The highlight of this excursion is the boat ride on Pichola Lake. A regal lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace rounds up the magical morning. The passengers return to the train for a leisurely afternoon. For the more artistically inclined of us , there is a visit to a center for miniature painting . You may also opt for Spa service facilities at a 5 star hotel.
After a relaxed dinner on board the Maharajas’ Express leaves for Jodhpur. In the morning there is an optional tour to Bishnoi village before arriving in Jodhpur. There is a visit scheduled to the Mehrangarh Fort followed by a Walking Tour of the Clock Tower market. Alternative activities include a visit to the Spa at a deluxe hotel, a visit to Umaid palace Museum and Jaswant Thada or a private shopping tour. Attend an exclusive cocktail dinner at Hanwant Mahal, and enroute you are offered the option of visiting a local handicraft store.

Arrive in Bikaner on day five, and proceed to explore Bikaner. Optional activities include a visit to the Lallgarh Palace museum or Deshnok the rat temple. Explore the Junagarh and Gajnar palaces and proceed for Sundowner cocktails and barbeque on the sand dunes. There is an enroute tea break at the Gajnar Palace.

After a refreshing breakfast on board on day six, the train arrives in Jaipur. Proceed for an elephant exhibition polo match followed by lunch at the City Palace. Visit the Amber fort or you can choose alternative activities such as golfing at Rambagh or a visit to the Spa in a five star hotel or a private shopping tour among others.
Following dinner on board the train leaves for Ranthambore and Fatehpur Sikri. Spot the elusive tiger with the game Drive at Ranthambore. Breakfast is served at Vivanta by Taj in Sawai Madhavpore. After lunch on board , the train departs for Fatehpur Sikri. The passengers visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri and return to the comfort of the Maharajas’ Express. The day finishes with an Indian Evening and dinner on board.

In the early hours of the morning the passengers visit the Taj Mahal bathed in early morning dew. This amazing experience is toasted with a champagne breakfast at the Taj Khema. The journey concludes at Delhi where you disembark with bag fulls of memories that will be cherished forever.”