Talking about luxury, this certainly comes as one of the top names – the tours conducted by Maharajas’ Express. Among the 5 circuits that its covers, it is difficult to choose only one as must-visit, because each one of them excels in its own exclusivity.
Treasures of India tour runs through three of the most royal cities of India with rich heritage and cultural background. It presents a beautiful amalgamation of history, wildlife and imperial experience in the 4 days-3 nights travel package. If you believe in covering majestic places of India in the most luxurious way, this specially planned circuit is made for you.
Welcome aboard the Maharajas’ Express – the experience of a lifetime jeweled with ultimate luxury. Owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the Maharajas’ Express is the luxury tourist train that began its operation since 2010. Considered as the most luxurious train in the world, it runs on 5 pre-routed circuits that cover more than 12 destinations in and around North-West and Central India.
Your trip begins at Delhi as you assemble with your fellow passengers at Safdarjung station around 8:30 am. Get your registration processes done and check-in formalities met in Maharajas’ Express, as you will be greeted with welcome drinks accompanied with instrumental music being played at the background.
The Maharajas’ Express departs Delhi at 9:30 am, and starts off its journey to Agra. You will be served brunch onboard as you arrive into Agra. When in Agra, one can never miss the most beautiful monument displaying romance and architectural marvel – the TajMahal. You will be visiting the TajMahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The epitome of Mughal architecture, TajMahal is an ivory- white marble mausoleum located on the banks of Yamuna River and is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. It is the tomb of MumtazMahal, the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was built between 1632 and 1653. The tomb is located right at the centre of a 42-acre complex that includes a mosque and a guest house beautifully adorned by gardens on three sides.
Come back to the Maharajas’ Express. Or you may also prefer optional activities like a 5-star hotel spa or a private shopping tour or a visit to the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, often considered as the draft of the TajMahal. You may also opt forwatching the show Mohabbat the Taj. However, the Guest Relations Executives must be contacted in advance for pre-scheduling your preferred optional activities.
Your brunch and dinner both will be served onboard. Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
Get off from the train early this morning, as you would be visiting the Agra Fort. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. Located at about 2.5 km northwest from TajMahal, the fort is best described as a walled city.
You may choose an optional visit tothe tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah (contact the Guest Relations Executives beforehand), which is sometimes tagged as the Baby Taj or the draft of the famous monument. You will be served a lavish breakfast onboard on the way to your next destination Ranthambore. Your lunch will also be served onboard in the journey.
You will reach Ranthambore at around 01:30 pm. And will be taken for an adventurous and exciting game drive at Ranthambore National Park at 02:15 pm. The area was once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, and was later declared a National Park in 1973. The Park is famous for its open safari sightings of several animals like tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. Be prepared for a rugged and adventurous ride in open vehicles amid the dense forest.
It is advisable to carry proper warm clothes and covered shoes or boots, for winters and monsoons respectively.
Come back to the Maharajas’ Express by 05:15 pm. You will be served an exclusive “Indian Evening” snacks in the evening, followed by dinner onboard, as your journey continues towards Jaipur.
Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner onboard.Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
Start your morning with a relaxed breakfast onboard. You will be amazed to see the grand traditional welcome as you descend down the train. This reception triggers your energy level to explore the Pink City which begins with a visit to Amber Fort at 09:00 am.
The Amber Fort was constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh, in the backdrop of rugged yet beautiful hills displaying the fascinating and perfect blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The fort was constructed in red sandstone and white marble and depicts a stunning portrait of color, architecture and engineering marvel. Amber Fort is the perfect example of a classic and romantic fort-palace with a distinct and unique aura that is prominent in its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths overlooking Maota Lake.
You will be taken to the hill top up to the fort in a jeep to offer you a tour of the royal apartments with amazing views of the gorge. You will feel you have time travelled to the Mughal Era inside the Sheesh Mahal (the Chamber of Mirrors), and the Hall of Victory. Once visited all the places in Amber Fort, come back to the train to have lunch onboard.
Your optional activities for the day can be a luxurious spa at a 5-star hotel, or a private shopping tour or a visit to the City Palace and JantarMantar (collection of 19 architectural astronimal instruments within the observatory). The Guest Relations Executives must be contacted in advance for pre-scheduling your preferred optional activities.
It’s not yet over before you are done with an exclusive royal experience in the city of royal flavors. As you arrive at the venue, you will be greeted and welcomed by the band and the beatings of Indian drums (Nagadas). You may try an opportunity to feed the elephants, bathe or paint them. You may also opt for a joy ride.
You will be served lavish cocktail dinner over sparkling wine at the venue to get indulged in Indian delicacies. Return to Maharajas’ Express by 09:00 pm to board your train that departs for the journey back to Delhi.
While you will be served onboard breakfast and lunch, the dinner will be served at an exclusive venue like the City Palace or the Jai Mahal Palace. Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
You will be served your breakfast at 07:15 am onboard as you are almost near Delhi. The train reaches Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station at 08:30 am. Get down and bid farewell to the luxurious Maharajas’ Express as you leave with exclusive memories of the moments.
End of Treasures of India tour package