Experience the elegance and charm of a bygone era whilst travelling through India in style on board the luxurious Maharajas’ Express. Enjoy traditional hospitality, opulent comfort and fine dining as you journey from Mumbai to Delhi, discovering captivating cities and UNESCO sites.

9nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

• Mumbai: 1 night
• Maharajas' Express: 7 nights (Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur)
• Delhi: 1 night

Recommended highlights

Day 1: Mumbai Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for a one night stay. Your evening is at leisure. D.

Day 2: Mumbai to Ajanta Board the classic Maharajas' Express which will be your home for the next seven nights. Enjoy a traditional welcome before the train departs and travels towards the city of Aurangabad, home to the UNESCO-listed Ajanta Caves. B, L, D.

Day 3: Ajanta Following breakfast on board, visit the majestic rock cut caves at Ajanta which date back to the 2nd Century. Witness beautiful frescoes and sculptures before returning to the train. B, L, D.

Day 4: Udaipur Admire the stunning landscapes as you arrive in Udaipur which lies on the banks of Lake Pichola and is known as the 'Venice of the east'. Partake in a city tour, during which you will visit the City Palace and its remarkable Crystal Gallery. Following lunch at a local restaurant choose to join a optional walking tour through the Old Market; visit the The Vintage & Classic Car Collection – a collection of cars once owned by the House of Mewar; or witness the Son-et-Lumiere sound and light show at the City Palace. B, L, D.

Day 5: Jodhpur Following a delightful journey through the Rajasthan countryside, explore the 'sun city' of Jodhpur. After lunch take a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market and visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Enjoy dinner at an exclusive venue and perhaps choose to join the optional visit to a local village before returning to the train. B, L, D.

Day 6: Bikaner Enjoy breakfast as the train rolls towards the desert town of Bikaner. Upon arrival, choose to relax on board or opt for one of the various optional excursions on offer. These include a visit to the Lalgarh Palace Museum, the Deshnok Temple, a camel breeding farm or a Kundan jewellery shopping trip. Return to the train for lunch before visiting the 16th-Century Junagarh Fort, taking a ride on a camel cart to nearby sand dunes and enjoying a cultural performance featuring Kalbelia dancers. B, L, D.

Day 7: Jaipur After breakfast on board embark on a city tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Visit the iconic Amber Fort before spendingthe rest of the day at leisure. During this time you can opt to join a shopping tour, play a round of golf, relax at a nearby spa resort or visit the City Palace. B, L, D.

Day 8: Ranthambore Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur transfer to Ranthambore National Park where you will embark on a jeep safari in search of local wildlife. The park is home to endangered Bengal tigers and if you are lucky you may spot one of these elusive creatures. Later visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was the Mughal capital for just 14 years. Return to the train for your final dinner on board. B, L, D.

Day 9: Agra to Delhi Early this morning visit the legendary Taj Mahal before a Champagne breakfast is served at a local hotel. Enjoy lunch on board the train as it makes its way to Delhi and your final destination. On arrival, disembark and transfer to your hotel for one night. The evening is at leisure to relax or explore the city. B.

Day 10: Delhi Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, choose to extend your stay. B.

Tailor your tour

Alternative Maharajas' Express rail journeys
The Maharajas' Express has four further routes which encompass a collection of India's finest and most intriguing sights, towns and cities.

Maharajas' Express - Gems of India
3 nights, visiting:
• Agra
• Ranthambore
• Jaipur

Maharajas' Express - Indian Panorama
7 nights, visiting:
• Delhi
• Jaipur
• Ranthambore
• Fatehpur Sikri
• Agra
• Gwalior
• Orchha
• Khajuraho
• Lucknow

Good to know

• Tipping is a way of life in India. It is usual to tip your attendant, waiter and tour manager at the end of the journey. Suggested amounts will be provided on board
• The dress code for dining on board the train is smart casual
• Local conditions may necessitate slight variations to the itinerary without notice.
• In December and January we recommend taking a jumper for the evenings and early morning
• Summers in Rajasthan (March – September) can be very hot.