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INDIAN SPLENDOUR - MAHARAJA EXPRESS TRAIN 9 NIGHTS PRE TOUR

Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balsinor – Mumbai – flight to Kolkata
1 night Delhi Hotel – 7 nights Train – 1 night Kolkata Hotel

A meticulously crafted itinerary which includes a dash of royalty, palaces, forts, sand dunes, wildlife and cultural excursions will bring out the best of the India's royal traditions, art and vibrant culture. A journey spanning over 10 days and 9 nights in the magnificence of Asia's most luxurious train brings out an amazing concoction of the myriad hues of this vast and diverse land. Adding to the royal experience is the delectable cuisines, impeccable hospitality and guided off-train excursions bringing out the best of the splendors of the incredible India.

This tour ends in Kolkata before joining your Pandaw vessel.

Private arrangements in Delhi and Kolkata. Group tour on the train.

 

DAY 1

ARRIVAL NEW DELHI

Welcome to India! Transfer from airport to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Meals: none.

DAY 2

DELHI & TRAIN EMBARKATION

10:30 Today’s tour includes heritage rich Old and New Delhi including a Heritage Walk inside India’s large st Mosque ‘Jama Masjid’ built in 1644 AD showcasing finest Islamic style of architecture. Explore real life of Old Delhi through maze like streets of the iconic Ancient Bazaar ‘Chandni Chowk’ and Asia’s largest Spice Market. Experience colonial-era at ‘Lutyens Delhi’ including Mahatma Gandhi Museum ‘Birla House’, Temple ‘Bangla Sahib Gurudwara’ and volunteer inside its holy Community Kitchen that daily feeds over 10,000 devotees, pilgrims and homeless. Visit Ceremonial Boulevard ‘Raj Path’ to witness ‘Sir Edwin Lutyens’ finest works from 1920’s British Raj Era including Colonial Government Buildings, India Gate, President and Parliament House from outside.

Journey to the City Centre Market ‘Connaught Place’ named after the ‘Duke of Connaught’ and surrounds the central park of Delhi.

20:00 Transfer from hotel to Delhi Safdarjung Railway station. A royal welcome in traditional Indian style will greet you at the station, Sip on your welcome drink even as formalities are completed.

The train will depart for Agra at 22:00.

Relax and recuperate in the plush coupes of the train after a delectable dining in restaurants of the train.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel. Dinner on train.

DAY 3

AGRA

Arrive in Agra early in the morning and pay an early morning visit to Taj Mahal, a jewel of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An endearing breakfast session with champagne at the Taj Khema overlooking Taj Mahal constitute the highlight of the day.

Afterwards you have the option of a shopping tour in Agra or book an optional local sightseeing tour to Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri, a ghost town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After lunch, you will be visiting Agra Fort or may choose optional activities such as private shopping or spa in a luxury hotel.

Return to the comfort of train or optionally you may choose to watch 'Mohabbat the Taj' show before returning for dinner on board and overnight stay as the train leaves for Ranthambore National Park.

Meals: breakfast at Taj Khema, lunch and dinner on train.

DAY 4

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK - JAIPUR

After breakfast, embark on a thrilling game safari to Ranthambore National Park in the morning. Departure for Jaipur.

Visit to the Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar). Optional tours: you may also choose activities such as Spa facilities at a Palace hotel, visit to Amer Fort, private shopping tour or a golf session at Rambagh Golf club.

Later, proceed to City Palace/Jai Mahal Palace for an exclusive Elephant Activity where guests may choose to indulge to paint them, feed them or take a joy ride followed by dinner.

Meals: full board on train.

DAY 5

BIKANER

Arrive in the deserted kingdom of Bikaner. Relax or book optional tour to either Lalgarh Palace or Deshnok Temple.

Join a tour to the majestic Junagarh Fort.

After lunch, partake in a camel cart procession around the undulating sand dunes. Later in the evening, enjoy the folk dance performance by Kalbeliyas and Langaas over sundowner cocktails and barbecue dinner amidst Sam sand dunes.

Meals: full board on train.

DAY 6

JODHPUR

Jeep safari to Bishnoi's abode Rohet for a cultural experience. Rohet is a haven for Black Buck Antelope. Lunch on board.

Afternoon expedition to Mehrangarh Fort and Old Clock Tower Market.

Or book an optional tour: you may also choose to rejuvenate yourself with spa facilities at a 5 star hotel, visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and Jaswant Thada or else go for a private shopping tour.

In the evening today, an exclusive Royal Cocktail evening is arranged for you with cultural performance (puppet show) at Hanwant Mahal which will be concluded with a show of fireworks.

Meals: breakfast and lunch on train, dinner at Hanwant Mahal.

DAY 7

UDAIPUR

Arrive in the city of lakes - Udaipur. After a leisurely breakfast, embark on local sightseeing tour to City Palace and Crystal Gallery.

Afternoon walking tour across Old Bazaar.

Meals: breakfast and dinner on train. Lunch at Satkar Hall.

DAY 8

BALASINOR

Arrive in Balasinor, home to India's Jurassic park. Excursion to the Dinosaur Fossil Park followed by a visit to the local village.

Rendezvous with the royal family of Balasinor over a royal lunch.

Meals: breakfast and dinner on train. Lunch with Royal Family.

DAY 9

MUMBAI - KOLKATA

Arrival & disembarkation in Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Station.

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Kolkata followed by transfer to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Meals: breakfast on train.

DAY 10

DEPARTURE KOLKTA

Transfer to your Pandaw vessel.

Meals: breakfast at hotel.

The Imperial Delhi

Chosen as India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, The Imperial is an iconic property in Delhi in the heart of the capital, reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj. A luxury hotel with an iconic and awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in colonial elegance, it dwells in its modern delivery of old-style class and magnificence. Built in 1931 by Blomfield, one of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s associates and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, it is New Delhi’s landmark Hotel. The Hotel is steps away from Connaught Place, the renowned shopping district and is very close to the city’s major attractions.

Imperial Room

Janpath Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001, India

Tel: +91 11 23341234

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Maharajas Express Train

Redefining luxury train travel since 2010, Maharajas Express is the latest and most luxurious train in India. Offering 5 fascinating journeys crisscrossing some of the most vibrant destinations, significant attractions and offering a vista of breathtaking landscape, culture and heritage with which India is blessed; Maharajas Express offers journeys to the very depth of the soul of India in sheer opulence.

Designed to recreate the elegance and pageantry of the personal carriages of erstwhile maharajas, the interiors of this luxury train in India is suffused with nostalgia. Elegance of a bygone era and state of the art amenities coalesce seamlessly to offer 5 Star living in the quaint interiors of the Maharaja Express.

Deluxe Cabin

Tel: +91-11-4242 3100

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Oberoi Grand Kolkata

Fondly known as The Grande Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, unrivalled by other luxury hotels in Kolkata, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks of the city. Dating back to the late 1880s, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata was frequented by the country's leading figures during colonial times.

Deluxe Room

15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata - 700 013, India

Tel: +91 33 2249 2323

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Rates include

Two nights accommodation at advertised hotels (or similar) and 7 nights at deluxe cabin on Maharajas Express with butler service, including breakfast at hotels and full board on train, on train house brands of Indian wines, beer, spirits, mineral water, coffee & tea, excursion as per itinerary, one domestic flight Mumbai to Kolkata including 20kg check-in luggage.

Rates exclude

Optional tours on the train, visa, international flights, gratuities, video/camera fees.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$7,020
Single (1 Pax) US$12,319

Extension Code: LTID-MAH-PRE-1

Note

  • Please advice arrival/departure flight details in order to arrange the transfer accordingly
  • Apply for Indian visa before departure
  • Check in time 14.00 / Check out time 11.00
  • Itinerary is subject to change

* Please note that your train/hotel will be confirmed after we have received your deposit payment. Prices are subject to change. Hotel subject to availability. We will try to offer you an alternate accommodation if the requested hotel would not be available.

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