Highlights

  • Travel through between Rajasthan's great fort cities
  • Enjoy a champagne sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • Join an expert-led safari in search of tigers in Ranthambore
  • Tuck into a sunset barbecue on Bikaner's rolling dunes
  • Relax in five-star luxury with included stays in Delhi and Mumbai

The Maharajas’ Express is one of only a handful of luxury trains operating in India. The 19-car train service provides an unparalleled way of seeing some of the best-known sights in the north and west of the country in comfort and style. Your highpoint could be marvelling at the Taj Mahal, getting close to a tiger in Ranthambore or enjoying local cultural performances. It's all showcased on a full spread of included excursions. The time spent travelling passes in a whirl of princely estates, palaces and forts, learning about the style of those who lived in them and rubbing shoulders with their descendants. Then back on the train, you'll be treated to sweeping desert scenery, along with an all-inclusive spread of fine dining and open-bar drinks. And, either side, we've included a private tour of Delhi's icons, along with stays in the Indian capital and Mumbai in India's two most luxurious properties.


Day 1

Depart UK

Following a chauffeur-driven transfer to the airport, ease into your holiday with a complimentary stint in the VIP airport lounge, before your overnight flight to Delhi.


Day 2

Delhi: welcome to India

You’ll be met at the airport by a private driver, who’ll see you to Delhi’s most luxurious hotel. The Imperial is a grand vision of Victorian and Art Deco architecture, ringed by expansive lawns.

From here, you’ll be brought on a half-day private city tour, taking in everything from the imposing 16th-century Red Fort and the sprawling chaos of Chandni Chowk market to the leafy boulevards of New Delhi and Jama Masjid – one of the largest mosques in India.

The Imperial, New Delhi

The Imperial, New Delhi

Humayun's tomb, New Delhi, India

The grand façade of Delhi's Humayun's tomb


Day 3

Journey to Agra

After a private transfer to the station, you’ll board the Maharajas’ Express to a fanfare welcome, settling into your lavish, wood-panelled cabin, complete with double or twin bed. You’ll also begin your gourmet full-board dining, enjoying wine-paired table d’hôte meals under the hand-painted frescoes of the glorious restaurant carriages. Then, after Delhi’s bustle fades and you’ve traversed its surrounding plains, you’ll roll into Agra to start your included, expert-led excursions.

Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, the city’s palatial walled fort is one of the country’s most impressive. Returning to the train for dinner, perhaps avail yourself of the free-flowing drinks in the bar cars, enjoyed on green-leather armchairs in a club-like atmosphere.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Rajah Club, Maharajas' Express

The Rajah Club aboard the Maharajas' Express

Maharajas' Express

The Maharajas' Express


Day 4

The Taj Mahal and tigers of Ranthambore

Disembark from the train early to take in the changing colours of sunrise on the Taj Mahal’s white marble façade, before you tuck into a champagne breakfast at Taj Khema. Having been built on a mound formed by the digging of the world wonder’s foundation, it offers privileged views of this famous monument. No matter the amount of times you’ve seen it in photographs or on television, the Taj still has the power to move people.

The train then continues on to Ranthambore National Park. Your ranger-led safari here will bring you among dense jungles, fort ruins and arid plains in search of everything from tigers and crocs to sambar deer and wild boar.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Taj Mahal India

Taj Mahal at sunrise


Day 5

Jaipur – a royal capital

Having travelled overnight, you’ll arrive into Jaipur. Rajasthan’s capital is often referred to as the “Pink City” for the pastel colour of its sandstone old town. Here, centuries-old walls cloak colourful markets and historic temples.

Your touring will take in its highlights, including the multi-tiered Hawa Mahal Palace, the magnificent Amer Fort’s hilltop perch and Jantar Mantar – an 18th-century observatory.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Palace of the Winds, Jaipur

Palace of the Winds, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Jaipur's Amber Fort


Day 6

Bikaner's desert oasis

Pull back the blinds this morning to reveal the fringes of the desert. After a leisurely breakfast on board, there’s the option of joining excursions to Lalgarh Palace, Deshnok Temple or a camel breeding farm, the latter of which lies at the heart of this region’s local industry. Whatever you choose, you’ll also explore Junagarh Fort where artefacts include a Foe-Frightening Kettle Drum.

It all concludes with an evening in the desert, processing through the dunes in an authentic canopied camel cart. You’ll arrive at a torchlit encampment for a romantic barbecue dinner, folk dancing and music, all the while backed by rolling dunes and laid out below a stunning starscape.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

A decorated camel in Bikaner

Explore Bikaner in the heart of the desert

Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Bikaner's imposing Junagarh Fort


Day 7

Jodhpur – a rhapsody in blue

Cross the desert during the night to reach Jodhpur. Here, medieval laneways wind between a brilliant blue tumble of flat-roofed buildings, spread out from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. For many, it’s the most impressive of Rajasthan’s citadels, its 15th-century walls imposing over the entire city.

Your touring will also take in the lively Old Clock Tower Market, where merchants do a lively trade in everything from spices to saris.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur's blue maze, overlooked by Mehrangarh Fort.


Day 8

The romance of Udaipur

Next, the train reaches Udaipur, held by many to be Rajasthan’s most romantic city. In the company of a local guide, explore its timeless lanes, incense-filled temples and numerous havelis as you visit the impossibly grand City Palace. You’ll also be treated to lunch under the giant chandeliers at the Fateh Prakash Palace, one of the most exclusive addresses in the city.

However, it’s perhaps the included cruise on the lake that lingers longest in the memory, offering the chance to admire Udaipur’s famous floating palace. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur's City Palace

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

The famous Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


Day 9

Mumbai's Bollywood glamour

Enjoy a final farewell breakfast and lunch as you approach Mumbai, where you’ll be met off the train by a private driver for the journey to one of the world’s finest hotels. The landmark Taj Mahal Palace is an opulent oasis of Italian marble, Belgian chandeliers and works of art, many of them antiques. Attentive staff will anticipate your every whim.

On its doorstep, you’ll have all of the city’s British-era icons, from the great railway termini to court houses and palm-fringed cricket grounds. Consider extending to take it all in.

Breakfast & Lunch included

Exterior, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower , Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai

Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace

Gateway of India, Mumbai


Day 10

Depart for home

A private driver will collect you and bring you to Mumbai’s international airport ahead of your scheduled daytime flight. If you decide on an overnight flight, there's also the option of a city tour of Mumbai's world-famous sights. Either way, on arrival back in the UK, a private chauffeur will be waiting to see you home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"This journey is one of the most luxurious and interesting ways to experience India. There's everything from glamorous drinks and camel-cart journeys. If you're lucky you might even spot Bengal tigers in Ranthambore, while city palace feasts and a visit to the simply magnificent Taj Mahal add to what will be an unforgettable, luxury holiday."

Katrin Rummer

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £6,480 pp incl. flights

Year Round from: £6,480 pp

Includes:

  • Return international flights from the UK to Delhi and from Mumbai to the UK
  • Private airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 6 nights accommodation aboard Maharajas' Express on a full-board basis including selected alcoholic drinks
  • Shared sightseeing tours as part of the rail itinerary such as elephant activity, Ranthambore tiger safari, visit to Taj Mahal, Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, scenic cruise on the Ganges, Aarti ceremony and more
  • Half day Delhi tour


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