Gems of India

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Gems of India


Total Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Destinations covered: Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore - Jaipur – Delhi

Wednesday, Day 01: Board the Maharajas’ Express in Delhi - Onto Agra

  • Welcome aboard the Maharajas’ Express.
  • This evening, assemble at Delhi Safdarjung station at approximately 2045 hours and complete your registration and check in formalities for the Maharajas’ Express, as you enjoy the Live Music, sipping into your Welcome Drink.
  • Dinner on board 2130 hours onwards.
  • The Maharajas’ Express departs at 2200 hours to Agra.
  • Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Thursday, Day 02: Agra

  • Arrive into Agra – the Jewel of India.
  • Early this morning, disembark to visit the world famous Taj Mahal (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incomparable marvel is constructed entirely out of white marble and is an architectural masterpiece with beautiful inlay work and marble screens.
  • Later, enjoy Champagne breakfast at Taj Khema, a tableland overlooking the magnificent Taj! Following breakfast, return to the train. Or you may choose to take an optional tour to the Itmad-ud-Daulah or Fatehpur Sikri or Private Shopping Tour.
  • Return to the train for lunch.
  • After a leisurely lunch onboard visit the Agra Fort or you may choose from one of the optional activities like spa facilities at a five star hotel or a private shopping tour or visit Fatehpur Sikri or Mohabbat the Taj show.
  • Return to the comfort of the train and continue your journey to Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore).
  • Breakfast at Taj Khema; Lunch and Dinner on board.
  • Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.

Friday, Day 03: Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) – Jaipur

  • On arrival into Sawai Madhopur, early in the morning, get ready for an exciting safari to the ‘Ranthambore National Park’. Originally the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1973. The Park is famous for its open sightings of tigers, sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, jackal and leopard. The safari 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 a relaxed breakfast onboard and unwind over lunch as your journey continues to Jaipur.
  • Jaipur, the capital and the largest city of Rajasthan was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber in the 18th century. It is renowned for its magnificent palaces, forts and temples, jewellery and blue pottery.
  • After lunch disembark to visit the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort, set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh, the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fortpalace with a magnificent aura.
  • 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 or following arrival in Jaipur, you may choose to participate in one of the optional tours. Enjoy spa facilities at a five star hotel or proceed on a private shopping tour or visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar.
  • 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 dinner over sparkling wine at the venue.
  • Witness native folk dances of Rajasthan over cocktail dinner.
  • Following dinner, return to the station and board the train for return journey to Delhi.
  • Breakfast and Lunch onboard; Dinner at an exclusive venue (City Palace or Jai Mahal Palace).
  • Overnight on the Maharajas’ Express.
  • Breakfast will be served 0715 hours onwards on board as you arrive into Delhi. At 0830 hours Maharajas’ Express arrives into Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station.
  • Disembark and bid farewell to the Maharajas’ Express as your journey comes to an end.

* You may contact the Guest Relations executive available onboard for the optional activities arrangements.

** Pre/post hotel accommodation with transfers and sightseeing tours, an extension/pre or post tour to Amritsar, South India or Varanasi can be arranged. Please speak to your tour consultant or check our vide range of tours packages available online**

Note:

  1. All ‘Options’ / ‘Optional Tours’ are on chargeable basis and are subject to availability. Details and pricing will be made available on board during the journey.
  2. The itineraries and timings are subject to change, due to factors beyond our control such as ‘force majeure’ events, strikes, fairs, festivals, sport events, weather conditions, disruptions/diversions of rail services, re-routing of railway, closure of / restricted entry at a place of sightseeing, non-availability of venues etc.
  3. The tour will generally be organized as per details given above. However one may please check any changes in the program/timings provided in the travel document during check in formalities and/or check with Train General Manager during the tour for any last minute changes/updates.