Royal India Tour
The Maharajas' Express offers another journey which is the 'Royal India' operating as the Princely India journey in the reverse with minor changes in the flow of activities. Embark on an extraordinary voyage through imperial India discovering its fascinating heritage and exquisite architecture. Chase the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park. Feel like royalty as you participate in an exhibition Elephant Polo Match followed by dinner in a unique locale. Explore the charms of the bustling city of Mumbai. This extraordinary journey will leave you with everlasting memories of an ancient land inhabited by an eclectic people, epitomizing a mesmerizing and unique mix of cultures.
Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days Destinations: Delhi
Day 1: Your epic journey begins at the Safdarjung Railway station. On arrival, proceed towards the Maharajas' Express and complete the pre-boarding formalities as you enjoy a welcome drink. Journey through the picturesque countryside on your way to the 'City of Mughal Splendour' Agra.
Agra, the jewel of India, is home to one of the world's great architectural wonders - the Taj Mahal. Visit the world famous Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as the mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. The highlight of the afternoon is high tea atop the Taj Khema. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you admire the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunset. Enjoy some free time for shopping. Agra is famous for its marble and soapstone inlay work, as well as embroidered fabrics, leather goods, brassware, carpets and jewellery.
Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) - Jaipur
Day 2: On arrival in Sawai Madhopur, get ready for an exciting jeep safari to the 'Ranthambore National Park'. The Park is famous for its open sightings of tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. It is also every bird watcher's paradise. Wildlife cannot be compared to Africa and you are indeed fortunate if you spot the elusive tiger or the shy leopard. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jaipur is surrounded by rugged hills and dotted by magnificent palaces, massive forts and exquisite temples. Following arrival, you have the opportunity to shop for some of the finest jewelry, textiles and blue pottery for which the city is renowned.
You will later experience an enthralling Exhibition Elephant Polo Match with dinner. Continue on a visit to Amber Fort.A short jeep ride takes you up to the fort where you will enjoy a tour of the royal apartments, with striking views of the gorge. Step back into the Mughal era as you enter the Chamber of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), and the Hall of Victory. Complete the exciting day in the evening with a unique and enthralling experience - an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match. After the match, enjoy a dinner with a glass of sparkling wine.
Day 3: Popularly known as Camel Country, Bikaner has the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner's forts, palaces and temples are splendid creations made in red and yellow sandstone and are living reflections of its rich historical and architectural legacy.
Arrive into the desert citadel of Bikaner. An intriguing option is a half-day excursion to the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, situated on the outskirts of Bikaner. Popularly known as the “Rat Temple”, the temple complex has hundreds of rats swarming the courtyard, an integral part of the temple rituals and customs as they are considered very sacred.
Following lunch, you will disembark and proceed on a visit to the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. While the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat, its real beauty lies inside. Be overwhelmed by the Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal. Catch a glimpse of rural Rajasthan, as you are escorted through the surrounding village. Enjoy cocktails, savour traditional mouth watering barbecue delicacies as you enjoy traditional folk artists like the Langaas and Kalbeliyas whose music and dance will mesmerise you.
Day 4:The Maharajas' Express, continues her journey from the pristine environs of Mewar region into the stronghold of the Marwar region.
Explore the capital of Marwar- Jodhpur. Set like a jewel amidst the golden sands and famous for its magnificent forts and palaces from the Rajput era, it is home to some of the finest architectural wonders.
Proceed on a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower market experiencing the hustle and bustle of the market. Continue to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. Admire the intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches. The highlight of the day is a Royal Cocktail evening with a wide array of sumptuous Marwar culinary delights served in the Royal courtyard of Meherangarh Fort as you admire the cityscape from atop.
Day 5:Wake up in the picturesque region of Mewar, one of the most popular and royal states of the Rajputana.
Popularly referred to as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region.
Disembark the train as you begin your visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas. Visit Mor Chowk and see its lavish mosaics of peacocks; Moti Mahal with beautiful mirror work; Chini Mahal covered in ornamental tiles and the spectacular Zenana Mahal.
Day 6:Today you arrive into the Royal city of the Gaekwads, Vadodara situated on the famous River Vishwamitri.
You will be driven in a convoy of cars through some of the picturesque countryside to the quaint hamlet of Jambhughoda. Following a sumptuous lunch, return to Vadodara, enroute enjoy a brief stop at the famous World Heritage site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, an ancient town full of ruins scattered over the foothills of Pavagadh. On arrival in the city, proceed on a visit to the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum which is a must for every art lover. Enjoy 'Supper' at the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace. Designed in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the palace built by Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1890 is the residence of the Royal family. Witness a lovely folk dance performance, typical to the Royal House as you savour a wide array of delicacies from the Royal kitchens.
Day 6: Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in the financial capital city of Mumbai. Bid farewell to the Maharajas' Express as your 'Royal India' journey comes to an end. The royal journey is over, but the memory of which, will live on forever!
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