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Maharaja's Express, Indian Splendour

8 days fr £4,463pp

Delhi • Agra • Ranthambore • Jaipur • Bikaner • Jodhpur • Udaipur • Balasinor • Bombay

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Deluxe Cabin fr £4,463pp
Validity:
  • 01/10/2018 - 30/04/2019
Also included:
  • 7 nights onboard accommodation
  • Full Board
  • Some sightseeing
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • International flights & visas
  • Arrival and departure transfers
Overview
On this wonderful eight day tour you travel across India in style on the Maharaja's Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Experience service and comfort at its best as you journey across this awe-inspiring land. The India Splendour is a perfectly tailored journey taking you through the heart of this magical country. Visit the wonders of Agra's Taj Mahal, the ornate palaces and forts of Jaipur and Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan, India's land of kings, before heading south to Mumbai, the country's commercial hub and home to the bright lights of Bollywood.
Day 1
Depart Delhi
Before boarding your luxurious train in Delhi, the pulsating capital of India, it is worth spending some time exploring visiting the Red Fort, India Gate, the bustling markets of Old Delhi and seeing the sights in the new part of the city. On arrival at the railway station you will receive a traditional welcome then you can relax and recuperate in your plush suite before enjoying the first of many memorable dinners on board. The Maharaja Express leaves Delhi at 10pm heading for Agra.
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Day 2
Agra
One of the highlights of the tour today when you arrive in Agra, the 'City of Mughal Splendour' and home to one of the wonders of the world, the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal. After a Champagne breakfast overlooking the Taj you will have plenty of time to wander around the Taj and its grounds and then have some free time for shopping. Today there is also an optional tour to the fascinating deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri or Itmad-ud-Daulah. After lunch you will visit Agra Fort.
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Day 3
Ranthambore and Jaipur
Today you embark on an exciting game drive into the famous Ranthambore National Park expecting to see tigers in the wild. Then return to the train and enjoy another delicious lunch on board as you roll into the magnificent Pink City - Jaipur. Here you visit the spectacular Amber Fort followed by an enthralling elephant polo match with Champagne dinner. You can also stop to shop for fine jewellery and textiles before this entertaining exhibition match.
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Day 4
Bikaner
Today the Maharaja's Express arrives at the desert kingdom of Bikaner. Take an optional excursion to Deshnok Temple, which is popularly known as Rat Temple, Lalgarh Palace Museum or visit a camel breeding farm. In the afternoon visit the unassailable fortress of Junagarh where you take part in a camel-cart procession followed by sun-downer cocktails, a barbecue and folk performance on the sand dunes.
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Day 5
Jodhpur
Today sit down to a relaxed breakfast as your luxurious express train rolls into Jodhpur. Here you can visit a local village as an optional activity or relax on board. Then take a walking tour of the fascinating Old Clock Tower Market before continuing to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Later you will be taken to savour dinner at an exclusive restaurant in Jodhpur.
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Day 6
Udaipur
Admire the splendid landscape this morning while enjoying breakfast on board as you arrive into the City of Lakes, Udaipur. Here you are taken to see the City Palace and Crystal Gallery. Experience the renowned hospitality over a royal lunch before taking a walking tour through the old market or visit the vintage car collection of the Royal Family among other activities.
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Day 7
Balasinor
Today the Maharaja's Express stops at Balasinor where you will be taken to visit the fascinating Dinosaur Fossil Park, which is one of the largest in the world. Later you will go for a walk around a local village and meet the families who live there and the trip will be rounded off by a lunch where you will be introduced to the Royal Family and have a chance to relish their unique cuisine.
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Day 8
Bombay
Today your opulent ride on board one of the most luxurious trains in the world comes to an end in Bombay. After breakfast say farewell to the new found friends you have made on the journey and either stay on for a few days to explore this lively city or do some last minute sightseeing and shopping before catching your onward flight or beginning your journey home.
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