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Maharaja Express - The Heritage of India



Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra - Delhi

A fantastic odyssey encompassing tours to some of the most famous attractions and crisscrossing enchanting landscapes aboard the Maharajas Express is offered to the guests during the Heritage of India tour itinerary. This meticulously crafted tour itinerary brings out the best of the heritage of India manifest in rock cut caves, temples and formidable forts and palaces. Mentioned below in detail is the Heritage of India tour itinerary that commences from Mumbai and concludes at Delhi.


Day 01: Saturday: Mumbai - Ajanta

Ajanta Cave, Ajanta A welcome drink and the crew of the Maharajas' Express wait to welcome you onboard, in the happening city of Mumbai. The same night, the train begins its journey and roll on to Aurangabad. The World Heritage rock cut caves of Ajanta is the first destination of the luxury train tour.
Dinner and overnight stay will be in the luxury of Maharajas Express train.


Day 02: Sunday: Ajanta

Renowned for its spectacular rock-cut caves dating back to 2nd Century B.C, Ajanta Caves are one of the most wonderful creations on men. Built entirely using chisels and hammers, the Ajanta caves houses an array of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples famous for exquisite frescoes and carvings.
Return to the train for overnight stay and travel to Udaipur.


Day 03: Monday: Udaipur

Udaipur is a travelers' delight owing to the rich heritage and history that it holds in its bosom. The rugged landscape of the Aravali stands in sharp contrast to the rich architectural wonders that are housed in the city. Be it the imposing forts or the grand palaces, the lakeside promenade or even the impeccable peacock patterns on the Havelis; each one of these will try to lure you and captivate your senses forever. The locations you can visit on the 3rd day of the tour include the City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagdish temple, and the markets of Udaipur that sell jewelry, wooden crafts, and paintings as well. Optionally, guests may also choose to be a part of bedazzling son et lumiere in the Palace Compound.
Lunch will be served for you in the Durbar Hall and dinner aboard the luxury train.


Day 04: Tuesday: Jodhpur

Post a leisurely breakfast and a lavish lunch aboard the train, get ready to explore another jewel of the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. The Heritage of India Tour itinerary is set with a number of elements to capture and present before you the finest picture of this Blue city of India. Embark on a sightseeing trip across the city by paying a quick visit to the Old Clock Tower market and a leisurely trip across the Mehrangarh Fort. While here, do not miss to feast on the exotic delicacies of the place; a barbeque experience at Mehrangarh Fort will surely linger in your hearts for long.
Return to the train by evening for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 05: Wednesday: Bikaner

You will arrive in Bikaner on the 5th day of the tour. The mesmerizing city of Bikaner with its historical relics is an important destination in the circuit. The local art and culture of the place are also worth mentioning here. While here, you will get a chance to visit Lalgarh Palace, the Junagarh fort, the Deshnoke temple as well as other wonders made of yellow sandstone. In the evening, surrender yourself to the soulful music and dance performances by the Manganiars, the Kalbeliyas and the Langaas, especially arranged for you. Cocktails and evening barbeque will enhance the pleasures of your Bikaner trip.
Overnight stay aboard the Maharajas Express.


Day 06: Thursday: Jaipur

Your arrival in Jaipur will be announced with great style and elegance. After all, this city being the capital of the state of Rajasthan demands special mention and attention; not to mention it also gives special attention to its guests too! Your Jaipur sojourn will begin with an exciting Exhibition Elephant Polo match. Post lunch, the most prominent landmarks of the city such as the grand Amer Fort and the markets of the city will keep you busy and contented.

Day 07: Friday - Ranthambore/ Fatehpur Sikri Ranthambore Fort, Ranthambore

If you had a great time following the history and heritage of Rajasthan, get set to follow the flora and fauna of the wild. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the most prominent locations where interesting wildlife activities can be captured. Nature, here, is at its prime! Once you have explored the wilderness of the national park, return to the train to proceed towards Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri was once a Mughal capital and still houses a number of significant monumental wonders, dating back to the era. Buland Darwaza and Panch Mahal are a few of the important attractions that you will visit on this day.
Later you will return to the train for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 08: Saturday - Fatehpur Sikri/ Agra/ Delhi

In the morning of the 8th day of the Heritage of India tour, you will get a chance to travel across Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. A lavish champagne breakfast atop the Taj Khema will accentuate the pleasures of your Taj tour. Later, you can return to the train for some leisure moments or visit the local markets for some handicrafts shopping.
Lunch will be served to you onboard the train as you will continue your journey towards Delhi. The lively sojourn across the princely states in India comes to its end with the train halting at the Safdarjung Railway Station by 1530 hrs. Memories and princely experiences will however stay on with you, forever!

Schedule

Mentioned below is the schedule of the Maharajas Express Heritage of India itinerary, a 168 hours journey through mesmerizing landscapes across some of the major tourist destinations in India.  


January - 2013 Sat, 26th
February - 2013 Sat, 23rd
March - 2013 Sat, 23rd
October - 2013 Sat, 19th
November - 2013 Sat, 16th
December - 2013 Sat, 14th
January - 2014 Sat, 11th
February - 2014 Sat, 8th
March - 2014 Sat, 8th
April - 2014 Sat, 5th

Tariff

Find mentioned below, the Tariff of Maharajas Express the Heritage of India tour to plan your journey. The applicable fare for the different cabin and suites for the sesion beginning January has been given below for your kind perusal along with the booking and cancellation policy to help you plan your journey.


The rates valid from Jan 2013 - March 2013
Cabin Per Adult
Deluxe Cabin USD 6,360
Junior Suite USD 9,200
Suite USD 12,800
Presidential Suite USD 22,000

The rates valid from Oct 2013 - April 2014
Cabin Per Adult
Deluxe Cabin USD 6,840
Junior Suite USD 9,890
Suite USD 13,800
Presidential Suite USD 23,700

Facilities


Accommodation

As the name suggests, Maharaja's Express offers a truly royal accommodation for its passengers. It is well-equipped with 5-star hotel facilities and services, offering its guests a royal experience. The train takes its guests across the various destinations starting from north to south.
The accommodation includes five carriages for Deluxe Cabins, six for Junior Suites, two for Suites and one for grand Presidential Suite. Each cabin is especially fitted with a huge window for providing its guests the opportunity to see the outside beauty. There are 23 AC luxuriously decorated coaches on the train.
All the cabins have individual temperature controls, the one of its kind in India and state-of-the-art facilities like LCD televisions, direct dial telephone, DVD players, Internet and environmentally friendly wash rooms. The facility of in-house movies and live television is also available to keep the guests entertained. Each cabin is also installed with its own electronic safe deposit box.


Attendants

There are attendants at your service round the clock to ensure your comfortable sojourn on the train. Every need of each passenger is taken care of.


Restaurants

Rang Mahal and Peacock  are the two beautiful restaurants on board, having an accommodation facility of 42 people at a time. Complimentary wines and beer are also served with the dinner. A variety of lip-smacking cuisines like Indian, Continental and Chinese are served in the restaurants.


Bar and Lounges

Safari Bar on board is stocked with a wide range of wines, liquor and beer which comes complimentary to every traveller on the train. Scrumptious snacks are also provided along with the drinks. There is a lounge on the train that has a bar comprising game tables as well as club arm chairs for the comfort of its passengers.


Guides

Guests are also provided with professional and qualified English-speaking guides, who share the knowledge with passengers while exploring the attractions.


Smoking Policy

According to the Indian law smoking is not allowed in the train.


Charters

The Maharajas' Express also offers its booking facility for weddings, conferences or any other exclusive event.

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