The Maharajas Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this splendid train is the perfect way to experience the many sights and sounds of this remarkable country in total comfort and style. This week-long journey through India's Golden Triangle starts in Delhi before taking in the Indo-Islamic architecture of Agra's Taj Mahal, the spectacular pink city of Jaipur and the wonderful wildlife attractions – including rare tigers – of the Ranthambore National Park.
Day 1: Depart UK
Begin your holiday in style with included airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Delhi.
Days 2-3: Delhi
On arrival, a private transfer will see you to your luxury landmark hotel, ideally positioned in the heart of the city. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the spa or poolside, before taking advantage of one of the excellent restaurants on site. Then, after a night's rest, you'll head out to explore this vibrant, bustling city with an expert-led tour of both Old and New Delhi. You'll begin with a cycle rickshaw ride, weaving through the streets of Old Delhi, visiting the 16th-century Red Fort and Raj Ghat, the memorial site to Mahatma Gandhi at the very spot where he was assassinated in 1948. You'll also take in India's largest mosque – the architectural masterpiece Jama Masjid – and enjoy the sights and sounds of Chandni Chowk, one of Old Delhi's most bustling and colourful markets. Then, swap over to the huge boulevards and open green spaces of New Delhi, home to the Qutub Minar and the spectacular Humayun's Tomb, one of the finest examples of early Mughal architecture.
Day 4: Delhi to Agra
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station to board the Maharajas' Express. You'll be welcomed on board by white-gloved attendants and shown to your opulent suite to begin your journey through India's Golden Triangle. Once you've settled in, make your way to the elegant dining car to enjoy a delicious brunch, accompanied by sweeping views of the village-dotted plains as the train makes its way to Agra. Disembark on arrival for a tour of the city's imposing Mughal fort – a palatial walled city, which was once the home of the great emperors of Mughal India, from Humayun to Shah Jahan. In the evening, return to the train for a sumptuous, wine-paired dinner.
Day 5: Agra to Ranthambore
An early start sees you leave the comfort of your luxurious cabin for a sunrise sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal, India's enduring monument to love. Breakfast will then be served at an exclusive venue before you return to the train for lunch and a relaxing journey south to Ranthambore National Park. Once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, this stunning region of jungle-clad hills and crumbling forts earned national park status in 1980, and has since become a flagship for Indian conservation. If you're lucky you may even catch a glimpse of one of the elusive tigers on a naturalist-led safari before returning to the train once more for dinner and an overnight journey to Jaipur.
Day 6: Ranthambore to Jaipur
Having travelled through the night, you'll wake for breakfast just as you enter Rajasthan's 'Pink City'. Then, a sightseeing tour will take in the best of this remarkable city, including the Amber Fort with its grand terraces and ramparts reflected in the mirrored waters of Maota Lake. There's also the stunning City Palace, the Jantar Mantar royal observatory and the spectacular Hawa Mahal – the Palace of the Winds. Elsewhere the city is a maze of markets and laneways, packed with wandering camels, buzzing autorickshaws and moustachioed traders; it's a colourful, chaotic insight into life in one of India's city greats. After lunch on board, spend an afternoon relaxing on board the train, or choose from a number of optional activities, from spa treatments to a round of golf.
Day 7: Jaipur to Delhi
Enjoy a farewell breakfast on board the train as you make your way back to Delhi and the end of your tour. Then, make the most of your final day in India by resuming your exploration of Delhi.
Day 8: Depart India/Arrive UK
Transfer to Delhi International Airport and board your flight, arriving in the UK before continuing your onward journey home.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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