Explore the hidden treasures of India by luxury train. Embark on the Maharajas’ Express and join an unforgettable adventure that begins in the capital city of Delhi. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho, the elegance and imperial splendor in Lucknow and the wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park, known for its large population of Bengal tigers.
Day 1: Depart Delhi
After a traditional welcome at Delhi’s Safdarjung station, board the Maharajas’ Express and settle into your fully en-suite cabin. Enjoy dinner on board as you depart for Jaipur.
Day 2: Jaipur
Enjoy breakfast on board as you arrive into Jaipur, the Pink City. Disembark to visit Amber Fort, known for its artistic Hindu-style elements. Continue to City Palace for exclusive elephant activities — choose to decorate the animals with bright hues, feed them or take a ride. After lunch, the afternoon is free for optional activities – such as a spa treatment, shopping, or a visit to the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. Dinner served on board.
Day 3: Ranthambore & Fatehpur Sikri
Embark on an exciting game drive into the Ranthambore National Park early this morning, keeping an eye out for the elusive tiger. Enjoy lunch on board as you travel to Fatehpur Sikri. Visit this haunting “abandoned” city this afternoon. Dinner on board as the train travels to Agra.
Day 4: Agra & Gwalior
Disembark for an early morning visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal, followed by a champagne breakfast. Continue to Gwalior while enjoying lunch in the beautiful dining cars. Proceed to visit Gwalior Fort, Saas Bahu Temple and Jain Cave Sculptures; or alternatively avail of the spa facilities at Usha Kiran Palace. This afternoon, visit the opulent Jai Vilas Palace Museum, followed by high tea on the palace compound. Dinner served on board.
Day 5: Khajuraho
After a relaxing breakfast and lunch served on board the Maharajas’ Express, spend the afternoon visiting the UNESCO World Heritage temple complex of Khajuraho. Later, you’ll have the option to book a spa session at a luxury hotel or attend the sound and light show at Khajuraho Temple Complex before returning to the train for dinner.
Day 6: Varanasi
Tour the holy city of Varanasi including the ancient ruins of Sarnath, Varanasi Silk Weaving Centre,and lunch at the Taj Gateway Hotel. This evening, take a boat ride on the sacred Ganges to witness evening prayer rituals. Dinner is served on board.
Day 7: Lucknow
Welcome to the enchanted “City of Nawabs,” Lucknow. Tour the Rumi Darwaza, Chota Imambara, the spectacular Bara Imambara and The Residency. A traditional Awadhi lunch is served at Vivanta by Taj, accompanied by a Kathak dance performance. Back on board, enjoy a festive Indian evening and final dinner on board.
Day 8: Delhi
After breakfast, disembark into Delhi and bid farewell to the train and new friends.
2019 Dates:December 22-29
2020 Dates:January 19-26
2021 Dates:January 3-10
January 31-February 7
February 28-March 7
March 28-April 4
Prices are per person.
Service tax of 5% additional.
Deposit required: 30% of total tour cost, nonrefundable. All payments for this tour are required by wire transfer. Any credit card payments for this tour would be 3% additional.
A visa will be required. Please note new rules require a birth certificate to obtain the Indian visa.
Medical & evacuation insurance is required for this journey.
All meals, accommodation on board, sightseeing, except optional sightseeing, transfers within the tour, drinks with lunch and dinner, included. Gratuities to the train staff not included.