India is undoubtedly amongst the most inspiring countries to visit. The sub-continent, as it has long been referred to, packs a lot into its epic land mass- from mountainous regions to jungles, stunning beach communities to sprawling mega-cities. As such, deciding where to go can be a daunting task, so why not sit back and book yourself onto a journey aboard The Maharajas Express? It ensures a journey that hits all the major sights, and allows you to experience them from the comfort of a truly luxurious train.
Arrive at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station to board the Maharajas Express in the late evening. After departing the Indian capital, head to the dining car an experience in itself to indulge in an exquisite dinner as you begin the journey of a lifetime, with the first destination of Agra approaching.
Pulling into Agra early-morning, the Taj Mahal awaits. Rightly regarded as the world’s greatest monument to love, soak up this majestic landmark, and then relish in a champagne breakfast at Taj Khema. Climbing back aboard the Maharajas Express mid-morning, opt for either a spa experience at a five star hotel, a trip to the stunning mausoleum at Itimad-Ud-Daulah, or a private shopping tour.
Following lunch on board the train again the choice of activities is yours. In addition to the aforementioned options, you can also head to Agra Fort for a lesson in colonial history, or pay a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a city that dates back to 1569 that once served as the capital of the Mughal Empire. Returning to the Maharajas Express in the evening, if you don’t chose to watch Mohabbat The Taj Show, a famous series of plays depicting love, spend some time relaxing before a late dinner as your carriage departs for Sawai Madhopur.
Wake early for a game drive through Ranthambore National Park, home to exotic species such as the elusive tiger. Return to the train mid-morning and enjoy a relaxed brunch on board as the Maharajas Express continues its odyssey towards Jaipur. Arriving early afternoon, this is your opportunity to visit the renowned Amber Fort, or alternatively choose a spa afternoon at a palace hotel, trip to the City Palace and Observatory (Jantar Mantar) private shopping tour, or golfing at the Rambagh Golf Club.
Next, as evening falls you will witness the spectacle of an elephant polo match quite the sight to behold before sitting down to another elegant dinner. Climbing back onto the train, expect a departure after sundown for the final overnight journey towards Delhi.
Wake early to indulge in one last breakfast onboard, disembarking in Delhi mid-morning, leaving you free to explore this awe-inspiring city a true feast for all the senses.