Easy Tours India Luxury Train Tours Maharajas Express - Heritage of India

Maharajas Express - Heritage of India

8 DAYS - Activity Level : Easy
  • Mumbai - 1 Day
  • Ajanta - 1 Day
  • Udaipur - 1 Day
  • Jodhpur - 1 Day
  • Bikaner - 1 Day
  • Jaipur - 1 Day
  • Ranthambore - 1 Day
  • Agra - 1 Day


  • Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Sixteenth century Amer Fort
  • Fifteenth century abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri
  • Taj Mahal
  • City Palace Udaipur
  • Crystal Gallery at City Palace
  • Fourteenth Century Mehrangarh Fort
  • Twentieth century Junagarh fort
  • Tiger Safari at Ranthambore
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Mumbai and you are greeted at the airport by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. Your arrival and departure airport/railway station transfers, planning and greeting services, and more, are all complimentary when you book your luxury train experience with Easy Tours.
We recommend arrive a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. The cost of a pre-night and/or post night hotel stay can be included, as can additional sightseeing in Bangalore or other destinations on the Indian Subcontinent.
Maharajas’ Express journeys currently commence on Saturday afternoon, so we assume an arrival on that day, unless you are opting for arriving a day earlier.
Your chauffeur driven vehicle will be available to you until about 2 PM, when you are escorted to Taj Mahal Palace hotel and welcomed for the train check in formalities. From here you will proceed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. On arrival you will be greeted with a welcome drink and the Police Band playing as you board the Maharajas’ Express.  
The following description is furnished by the train operator, the IRCTC, a part of the Indian Government. IRCTC reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary as needed.
The train sedately chugs out at 3:45 PM for Aurangabad. Sumptuous dinner is served on board in the royal dining cars at 7:30 PM.

Day 2 (Sunday): Ajanta. Today you arrive into the World Heritage site of Ajanta. Enjoy an early morning breakfast on board the train at 6:30 AM. Later, following disembarkation at 7:40 AM at Pachora station, you will be driven to the World Heritage site of Ajanta Caves famous for its rock cut cave monuments which date back to the 2nd century BC. The drive by road to Ajanta Caves takes approximately 90 minutes.
The Ajanta caves consist of 30 caves including an unfinished one, which belong to the period 200 BC to 650 AD. These Buddhist cave temples and monasteries are cut from the rocks and volcanic lava of the Deccan in the forest ravines of the Sahyadri hills and are set in beautiful sylvan surroundings. They were discovered accidentally by a British Captain, John Smith in 1819, on a hunting expedition. The Ajanta caves provide a unique combination of architecture, sculpture and paintings. The caves are mainly known for their exquisite frescoes and sculptures, depicting scenes from life of Buddha.
Return to the Jalgaon station by 1:30 PM. This is followed by lunch on board the train as the Maharajas’ Express chugs away for its next destination, Udaipur. Enjoy a leisurely evening on board with dinner.
Note: The road journey from station to Ajanta Caves will be approximately 60 kms. The sightseeing of Ajanta Caves takes approximately 2 hours and involves climbing high steps. Please also note that it is mandatory to take off shoes to enter into the caves in view of the religious sanctity of Buddhism.

Day 3 (Monday): Udaipur. This morning you will wake up in the picturesque region of Mewar, one of the most popular and royal states of the Rajputana. Admire the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills arriving into Udaipur - the City of Lakes.
Disembark the train at 10 AM as you begin your visit with a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Following the boat ride visit the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, with its scalloped arches, fretted balconies, and cupolas. Visit Mor Chowk and see its lavish mosaics of peacocks; Moti Mahal with beautiful mirror work; Chini Mahal covered in ornamental tiles and the spectacular Zenana Mahal where-after visit The Crystal Gallery and the Darbar Hall with an audio guide. Feel like a king as you experience the hospitality at the Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace reminiscent of the ancient Mewar glory. Feast your taste buds over a vast spread of International and Indian cuisine.
Following lunch return to the train for a relaxed afternoon on board. Or you have the option of enjoying spa facilities in a five star hotel or Light and Sound Show at City Palace.
Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the optional activities.
Breakfast on board, Lunch at Satkar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace and Dinner on board.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Jodhpur. This morning, the Maharajas’ Express, continues her journey into the stronghold of the Marwar region. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board arriving into the Blue City of Jodhpur. The morning is at leisure on board or you may wish to embark on a village safari to the Bishnoi village as an Optional Activity, for which you’ll deboard at Rohet, 40 km before Jodhpur. As the train reaches Jodhpur, you may wish to opt for a Spa at a Five Star hotel or Private Shopping Tour or Visit to Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.
Return to the train for lunch on-board.
Post lunch visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Admire the intricate latticed windows, elaborately carved panels and elegantly curved porches. Followed by a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market. As you reach the Market on Tuk Tuks, get a glimpse of the daily lifestyle of the local residents, passing some of the oldest houses and Havelis.
Enjoy an exclusive Cocktail evening with a wide array of sumptuous Marwar Culinary delights served in the Hanwant Mahal as you admire the cityscape with the illuminated Umaid Bhawan Palace forming the backdrop. Return to the train and continue your journey to picturesque Bikaner. Breakfast, Lunch on board and Cocktail dinner at Hanwant Mahal.
Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the optional activities.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Bikaner. Your journey through the desert continues. As you relish your breakfast on board, enjoy observing the desert scenery, the scattered prosopis cineraria trees; the villagers attired in their bright turbans and the occasional herd of camels breaking the monotony of the desert. The medieval city of Bikaner was once a major centre in the cross-desert caravan trade. Popularly known as Camel Country, Bikaner has the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are splendid architectural legacy.
Late morning arrive into the desert citadel of Bikaner and relax on board OR you may choose to embark on an optional tour of the city visiting Lalgarh Palace Museum displaying some fascinating exhibits on the royal heritage of Bikaner or visit the famous Deshnok (rat temple).
Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the optional activities.
Return to the train for lunch.
Following lunch, you will disembark by 1400 hours and proceed on a visit to the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. While the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat, its real beauty lies inside. Be overwhelmed by the Diwan-i-Khas, Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal. The Fort Museum is fascinating and adorned with ornate decorative costumes and jewellery. Continue on an experience of a lifetime! Experience the royal pageantry as a convoy of decorated canopied camel carts accompanied by musicians takes you for a Sundowner on the Sand Dunes. Enjoy cocktails, savour traditional mouth watering barbecue delicacies as you enjoy traditional folk arts like the Langaas and Kalbeliyas whose music and dance will mesmerize you. Later return to the comfort of your train and embark on your onward journey to Jaipur. Breakfast, Lunch on board and evening barbecue on dunes.

Day 6 (Thursday): Jaipur. Today, you will arrive into the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Jaipur is truly a pristine jewel in the crown of the desert state of Rajasthan. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jaipur is renowned for its magnificent palaces, forts and temples.
Disembark at 10 AM as your exciting tour of the Pink City begins with a visit to the Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, this fort palace is surrounded by fortified battlements overlooking the Maota Lake. A short jeep ride takes you up to the fort where you will enjoy a tour of the royal apartments, with striking views of the gorge. Step back into the Mughal era as you enter the Chamber of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), and the Hall of Victory.
Proceed for an exclusive royal experience. Your arrival at the venue will be accompanied by the band and the beating of ‘Nagadas’ (huge Indian drums). You shall also have an opportunity to indulge with the elephants – paint them, feed them or opt for a joy ride. Later, enjoy Cocktail Lunch over sparkling wine at the venue.
Return to the Maharajas’ Express. OR you may choose to participate in the optional activities such as Spa facilities at a five star Hotel OR private shopping tour OR Golf at Rambagh or Visit to City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar (Observatory). Maharajas’ Express continues its onward journey to Ranthambore. Breakfast on board, Lunch at an exclusive venue (City Palace or Jai Mahal Palace) and Dinner on board.
Please contact the Guest Relations Executive for the optional activities.

Day 7 (Friday): Ranthambore - Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival into Sawai Madhopur, early in the morning, get ready for a safari to the Ranthambore National Park. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1973. It is famous for its open sightings of Tigers, Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Jackal and Leopard. Wildlife cannot be compared to that of Africa and you are indeed fortunate if you spot the elusive tiger or the shy leopard.
Proceed for an early morning exciting game drive. The safari is carried out in open vehicles and the ride is quite bumpy. One must carry adequate warm clothes for winter months. Return to the train. Enjoy breakfast as you continue your journey to the fabled deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Admire the changing landscape as you savour lunch.
On arrival at the quaint station of Fatehpur Sikri, disembark at 1545 hours and proceed on a tour of the fascinating sights comprising of imposing gateways, Halls of Private and Public audience, beautifully sculptured palaces with unique water bodies, reflecting a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. This deserted red sandstone city was built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital in the late 16th century. It is now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then return to the train to enjoy an ‘Indian Evening’!
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.

Day 8 (Saturday): Agra - Delhi. Today, the train continues on her last leg of the journey towards the magical city of Agra. The jewel of India, home to one of the world’s great architectural wonders - the Taj Mahal. With its spectacular monumental masterpieces and picturesque natural setting, Agra is a legendary city glorified by time.
Early morning, disembark and proceed to the world famous Taj Mahal (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). Also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favorite queen Mumtaz. This incomparable marvel is constructed entirely out of white marble and is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful inlay work and marble screens. Approximately 20,000 of India’s most revered craftsmen were recruited to give shape to this poetry in marble.
Later enjoy a Champagne breakfast gazing at the Taj Mahal, from atop the Taj Khema a table and over looking Taj. Following breakfast, return to the train. Enjoy a hearty lunch on board as you continue your journey to Delhi. Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema and Lunch on board.
The train arrives at Safdarjung Railway station at Delhi at 3:30 PM. It is time to check out and staff bid a fond farewell to guests.
You are greeted at the Railway Station by an Easy Tours Facilitator and then you are at leisure with your chauffeur driven vehicle until 7 PM or earlier, depending on the time of your international flight. At 7 PM or earlier you are driven to Delhi airport and assisted in boarding your international flight. As on arrival, additional sightseeing, tours, and hotel nights can be arranged upon request.

* An Easy Tours Exclusive: Personal International Arrival and Departure Transfers
* All three meals during Luxury Train journey
* Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
* All transfers and sightseeing by personal Crossover/Coach
* Services of the best English speaking local guides as per the itinerary
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and other drives.
* All currently applicable taxes.

Not Included:
* International Travel
* Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance, visa etc.
* Camera fees – still and video

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