8 Days |
India is a country of many different cultures and different religions. We will help you explore the depths of India by helping you travel from Delhi to different parts of the country via rails. Move past some of the most beautiful areas of the country, find the time to enjoy some of the architectural marvels in the country and enjoy the beautiful monuments in the country.
We will also help you explore some of the most important ancient and historical ruins on the way. With our 8-day journey, you will not only revisit the royal past of the country but will also see India for what it truly is.
An eight-day journey to India’s some of the most pristine cities will offer you the following experiences:
A visit to some of the most known palaces in Jaipur.
Visit the extraordinary monument, Taj Mahal in Agra and marvel at its beauty.
Find out more about the holy temples in India only in Varanasi.
Dine like the Nawabs in Lucknow.
We will help you board the Mahajaras’ Express from Delhi Safdarjung Railway station. But first, we will help you to finish your registration process with us. Our journey will begin at 10:00 PM. You can assemble at the station by 8:45 for the registration process and enjoy some drinks with live music here.
Dinner will be served after 9:00 PM before the train departs for its first destination.
On your second day with us, we will help you explore the beauty of Jaipur. Jaipur was built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century and has served as one of the most important cities in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. After you are served with breakfast on board, we will help you alight in Jaipur.
Our first stop in Jaipur is the Amer Fort, which is located near Maota Lake. This fortified palace is one of the most magnificent forts in the city and houses many majestic apartments and different styles of architecture. We will help you to get to this Fort with the help of jeep, by which you can even enjoy the views as you get up to the Fort. This fort is made with Mughal and Hindu architecture, and houses many rooms, such as the Sheesh Mahal and the halls for private as well as the public audience.
After this, we will help you enjoy the great Indian hospitality by helping you find a place to have your lunch at, the place of lunch could either be City Palace or Jai Mahal Palace. You will be welcomed with great pomp to the beats of ‘Nagadas’ (Indian drums). Here you will be able to see elephants, feed them or paint them. You could even opt for a ride. You can enjoy your cocktail lunch over sparkling wine at the venue.
After lunch, you are free to choose what you wish to do. You can find facilities at a 5-star hotel for a spa session, or you could go out for a private tour session or you could even visit the City Palace Museum along with the observatory, JantarMantar.
We will then return to the Maharaja Express, where dinner will be served onboard. The exclusive lunch and breakfast may be at the City Palace or Jai Mahal Palace.
On the third day, we will help you find your way to Ranthambore. We will arrive at Sawai Madhopur in the morning, from where we will help you find your way to the famous Ranthambore safari. We will help you travel through the Ranthambore National Park, which used to be the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. With a bumpy safari, you will be able to view leopards, tigers, hyenas and many more kinds of animals. The safari is conducted on an open-jeep, the ride can be bumpy but is exciting.
After an exciting time at the National Park, we will help you to return to the train, from where we will take a trip to the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The breakfast will be served after you return from the National Park on the train. You will be able to enjoy your lunch onboard.
Once we get to Fatehpur Sikri station, we will help you to explore the beautiful monument, which is a blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. The palace here has many spacious rooms, beautiful gateways, and sculptured ponds. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital, in the 16th century as his capital and is now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also help you explore the halls of public audience and halls of private audience here.
We will help you return to Fatehpur Sikri station and help you get on board. Dinner will be served to you after 8:00 PM.
We will reach Agra, early in the morning. Agra is famous for its one of the world’s great architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is made of white marble and was commissioned by Shah Jahan, and it was built in the memory of his late wife, MumtazMahal. Taj Mahal is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is adorned with large ponds and gardens.
After a visit to the Taj Mahal, we will help you enjoy a wonderful breakfast at TajKhema. Your breakfast will be accompanied by champagne. We will help you return to the train after breakfast. We will then set out on a journey towards Gwalior. Gwalior is located on the banks of the river Chambal, an area of some of the most notorious dacoits of India. Gwalior was ruled by many kings and dynasties in the past, the etchings of which are still present in the city even now.
When you alight in Gwalior after lunch, you will find a royal welcome as per traditional Indian style. We will then help you explore the wonders of the city. Our first stop here is the Gwalior Fort, which is a specimen of fine architecture. The fort is known for its temples; ManMandir Palace is the most famous one. You can enjoy your time here at the fort or explore the Jain sculptures within 3-km range from the fort. The colossal sculptures depict ‘Tirthankaras,’ which means one who has achieved freedom from the cycle of rebirth. Or you could also visit the famous Saas-Bahu, which means mother-in-law and daughter-in-law respectively, temple.
Apart from this, you can also choose to enjoy spa facilities at a 5-star hotel in Gwalior as an optional activity.
After this, we will help you to travel through the Jai Vilas Palace Museum, a part of which still remains with the royal family of Gwalior. You will be able to view various exhibits in the museum, a unique model train made out of silver, which was used to serve drinks during royal dinners, have a look at some of the most stunning ceilings and enjoy the wonderful chandeliers. You will be able to enjoy hi-tea on the premises after you finish exploring. After that, we will help you travel to the train again, for your next destination. Dinner will be served on board.
Enjoy your breakfast whilst enjoying the picturesque beauty of the areas which lead up to Khajuraho. We will reach our destination for the 5th day after lunch. Khajuraho is known for its exquisite architectural beauty and sculptures. This area is dotted with Indo-Aryan architectural specimens, and the structures here date back to the time between 950 and 1050 AD. The depth of the sculptures and the deeply sensual erotic engravings express emotions in their truest forms.
On our tour of the city, we will also help you to explore various temples in the area and help you to enjoy the western group of the area, which is popular for Chandela art. Our tour of the city will also include a magnificent trip to Kandariya Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
In the evening you can choose to find the correct way to enjoy an evening. You could either enjoy a dance and view the Indian dances at KandariyaShilpgram, or you could choose to find a relaxing session of a spa at a 5-star hotel. You could also visit the light show in the city as an optional activity.
We will return to the train after your day, and dinner will be served onboard after 8:15 PM.
Today, after your breakfast on the train, we will help you explore one of the oldest living cities in the world. Also known as Kashi, or Benaras, this city has a legacy of over 3000 years. Located on the banks of Ganges, this city is known for its colorful and vibrant celebration of festivals. The buzzing markets, the holy temples, and the serene river allow you to find peace in this holy city.
After leaving the train, we will make way for the hotel and visit a Silk Weaving Centre enroute. You can purchase some of the Banarasi silk saris and brocades here. After lunch, we will help you to visit the ancient ruins of Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first-ever sermon and emphasized on Buddhist principles. We will also help you visit the famous stupa and the Ashoka Pillar, which is made of four back-to-back lions and also serves as the national emblem for the country.
Next, we will help you enjoy a memorable river cruise of River Ganges. We will also help you witness the majestic Indian rituals of worshipping the Gods with Aarti in the evening, with the chanting of Sanskrit Mantras. Aartis in Indian is the purest form of praising the Gods and worshipping them with scented incense sticks and flowers.
After this, we will help you get back to the train; dinner will be served onboard. We leave for our next destination, Lucknow.
As the train pulls into the ‘City of Nawabs,’ you will have the chance to marvel at the agricultural belts of Uttar Pradesh. After your breakfast on the train, we will help you explore the wonderful city of Lucknow. With us, you will enjoy and explore the beautiful imperialistic Lucknow ruins.
On our list for exploration today, we will take you to Bara Imambara, ChotaImambara, Rumi Darwaza and The Residency.
The Bara Imambara is considered to be one of the largest vaulted apartments in the world, and it is made with the help of various kinds of ornamental gateways, galleries, and corridors. Rumi Darwaza is the best specimen to explore to witness the splendor of the Nawabs of the city; this place offers you an insight as to how the Nawabs of Awadh lived. The Residency is known for its beautiful arched structures; this was started by started by NawabAsaf-ud-Daulla and was finished by Nawab Sadat Ali for a British resident. Learn about the Mutiny of 1857 as you explore The Residency.
After your explorations, we will help you find your way to the era of Nawabs of Awadh, where you will witness the extraordinary hospitality of the people. Indulge in exotic delights here and watch the wonderful Indian dance, Kathak. After lunch, we will help you get back to the train. The afternoon is for leisure; you can go out sightseeing or simply relax. In the evening, we will help you witness and celebrate an ‘Indian Evening’ onboard.
On your 8th day, we will return to Delhi early in the morning. Breakfast will be served onboard at 8:30 AM. After that, we will help you alight at the station, from where you can return to your homes.