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.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights Mumbai to Delhi
• Fatehpur Sikri
Day 1: Mumbai Register for your journey at the luxurious Jaj Mahal Palace Hotel before heading to the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station to board the classic Maharajas' Express. Enjoy a traditional welcome before the train departs and travels towards the city of Aurangabad, home to the UNESCO-listed Ajanta Caves.
Day 2: Ajanta Following breakfast on board, visit the majestic rock cut caves at Ajanta which are believed to date back as far as the 2nd Century BC. Witness beautiful frescoes and sculptures before returning to the train where lunch will be served. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be spent on board the train as you travel north towards Udaipur.
Day 3: 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 boat trip on the lake and join a city tour, during which you will visit the City Palace and its remarkable Crystal Gallery. Following lunch in the Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace. This afternoon, return to the train. Alternatively, you can visit a spa at a nearby luxury hotel (treatments at extra cost), go on a private shopping tour or, if time allows, witness the Son-et-Lumiere sound and light show at the City Palace. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Jodhpur Following a delightful journey through the Rajasthan countryside, arrive in the 'sun city' of Jodhpur. You can spend the morning exploring at your own pace, joining the optional tour to Bishnoi village (if time allows), or heading to a hotel spa. After lunch, take a walking tour of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and the Old Clock Tower Market. Enjoy dinner and a cultural show at Hanwant Mahal before returning to the train.
Day 5: 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 or the Deshnok Temple. Return to the train for lunch before visiting the 16th-Century Junagarh Fort. Later, enjoy a sundowner and barbecue dinner as well as a cultural performance at some nearby sand dunes.
Day 6: Jaipur After breakfast on board embark on a city tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Visit the iconic Amber Fort, the City Palace and the Jai Mahal Palace. There is some free time this afternoon allowing you to take part in a shopping tour, play a round of golf, relax at a nearby spa resort or visit the City Palace and the Observatory which is known locally as Jantar Mantar.
Day 7: Ranthambore & Fatehpur Sikri Upon arrival in Sawai Madhopur transfer to Ranthambore National Park where you will embark on an early morning 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. Return to the train for a hearty breakfast. 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 and a cultural 'Indian evening'.
Day 8: Agra to Delhi Early this morning leave the train to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, arriving as the sun rises. Enjoy a Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, a tableland overlooking the magnificent Taj marble screens. Enjoy lunch on board the train as it makes its way to Delhi where you will alight.
Tailor your tour
There is a selection of alternative itineraries on board the Maharajas’ Express including the 7-night Indian Panorama and the 3-night Gems of India rail journeys. Call or see online for details.
This rail journey can easily be added to an tailor-made India itinerary.
Good to know
• The dress code for dining on board the train is smart casual
• Local conditions may necessitate slight variations to the itinerary without notice.