17 January 2017
On this marvellous train journey through India you will live like a maharaja on board the luxurious Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Over eight days you travel to the most sought after tourist destinations of Rajasthan, Agra and Delhi. An expedition to the colourful desert land on this historic train is a truly unforgettable experience. Along the way you visit majestic forts and palaces, see varied landscapes, diverse cultures and vibrant colours. You will enjoy delicious meals, expensive wines and above all, personalised service by the 'Khidmatgars' or attendants. Beginning in Delhi, the luxury train takes you to the wonderful destinations of Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur and Bharatpur. And possibly the highlight is the Mughal capital Agra where you tour that architectural marvel the Taj Mahal.
Before you board the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels time to explore the capital city of India. Delhi, the versatile city, is a perfect blend of traditions and modernity. With boundless attractions up its sleeves, Delhi is a great testimony to the glorious history of India. From architectural marvels to mouth-watering cuisine and interesting culture, Delhi offers so much. Try to fit in visits to the Red Fort, Chandani Chowk, Raj Ghat, India Gate and the Qutub Minar before going to the Safdarjung Station for a ceremonial greeting and welcome on board your train.
After breakfast you are taken on a tour of Jodhpur - the second largest city of the state of Rajasthan, which is famous for its magnificent Meharangarh fort. Jodhpur, the oasis in the desert, is affectionately dubbed as the Sun City of India because of its weather. It is also known as the 'Blue City' as most of its buildings and structures are painted in the colour. Its palaces, forts, monuments, museums, lake, gardens and fairs and festivals speak oodles about its rich cultural heritage. Located on the edge of the Thar Desert, the charm of Jodhpur captured the heart of Rudyard Kipling and some of the scenes from the movie Jungle Book were filmed here. You have lunch in the city and dinner back on board the train.
Today after breakfast on board you visit the Venice of the East - Udaipur which is one of India's truly seductive cities. Visit the beautiful princely city palace followed by a visit to the crystal gallery in the afternoon. Chittorgarh Fort is a treasure trove of history and offers an insight into the life of the great Rajput rulers. Here you will see a stunning light and sound show. Hemmed in by the Aravali ranges, dominated by stunning palaces and beautified by romantic lakes, Udaipur is probably the most romantic destination in Rajasthan. Overnight and dinner on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.
A great wildlife adventure today when you visit the Ranthambore National Park to catch a glimpse of the majestic tigers roaming around in the open wilderness. Lunch on board as the train arrives into Jaipur where you are greeted by decorated elephants and sweet music of the auspicious "Shehnai". Visit the Amber Fort on the back of an elephant before going on a memorable tour of this colourful city seeing the Palace of the Winds which is an outstanding architectural masterpiece reflecting a perfect blend of the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal style. The interiors are adorned with mesmerising mirror work and beautiful paintings. Overnight on board your luxurious train.
Today you leave the train after breakfast and visit the Kamasutra carvings that swathe Khajuraho’s three groups of temples. This is recognised as being among the finest temple art in the world. Plenty of time to look at these sensuous sculptures at this spiritual but modern spot where everything from yoga to folk dancing can be experienced. Later return to the train for dinner as you travel on to your next stop, Varanasi.
Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. The city of Shiva is one of the holiest places in the country, where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones. Varanasi, previously named Benares and Kashi (City of Light), is a magical but sometimes overwhelming city where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public. You can walk along the ghats or take a boat ride on the river for one of India's most absorbing experiences.
A highlight of the journey today when your train stops at Agra. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India with its two heritage monuments, the stunning Taj Mahal and nearby Agra Fort. The romantic poetry in white marble, the Taj Mahal, is the finest example of the Mughal architecture. It was built in 1632 by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Today tourists from across the globe come to Agra to see one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Its architectural beauty is simply unmatched.
Today your luxurious railway journey on board the Rajasthan on Wheels comes to an end where it began, back in the capital city Delhi. After saying farewell to new found friends spend some time touring the old and new parts of the city and seeing some of the sights you couldn't manage to fit in on the first day before extending your holiday by staying at a hotel in the city or going to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey home.
Deluxe Cabin fr £4364pp
Deluxe Suite Cabin fr £5818pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated