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Maharajas' Express -
Heritage of India


Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destinations : Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi

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Experience magnificence with the Heritage of India

India has a lot more to present itself as an inheritor of heritage spanning over many thousand years. One can actually trace the timeline of India’s presence through the available heritage of India present in the form of ancient caves, forts, palaces and mausoleums.

These constitute the heritage of India circuit where the prominent legacies are kept alive for future generations to marvel at the uniquely graceful structures. The Heritage of India is one such regal itinerary of Maharajas’ Express which transports the tourists to a world where past cultural and traditional legacies fuse with the rich extravaganza of brilliant structures. The train in its own right is a heritage coupe decorated with all the facility of modern times in the royally elegant taste. Known worldwide as a king of the luxury trains in India, this Maharajas’ Express itinerary is a refined journey towards the best-kept traditions and frontrunners of this country’s legacy.

Discover the vintage Heritage of India...

Starting from modern Mumbai, the trail enters in a different territory altogether with the ancient Ajanta Caves. These caves were carved by the brilliance of monks who were sheltering inside them during rains. Now remarked as the world heritage site, this cave keeps the flag of ancient era legacy alive. This luxury train tour after such an enriching experience enters the 'land of the kings – Rajasthan' through Udaipur, an ultimate romantic destination. Delving deep into Rajasthan will unveil the jewels of India in the forms of rugged forts, palaces and unique vintage heritage. Further exploration on this heritage trail will explore the blue hued Jodhpur, beaming Bikaner, pink wrapped Jaipur and roaring Ranthambore. Towards the end, the journey slows down for a while in front of the towering beauty in marble, Taj Mahal. This highs in the company of heritage and indulgence come to herald in Delhi, where the Heritage of India Train trail disembarks its enriching journey.

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Heritage of India (Maharajas' Express) - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi

Day 01. Mumbai Arrival 14:30 – Departure 14:40

Expect the unexpected during the Heritage of India Train trail. Suffused with the indulgence of the yore, this heritage trail is an enriching experience one would be cherishing for the entire lifetime. As you roll on to each destination, you will find everything in India is laced in luxury, flamboyance and heritage. Assemble in the afternoon at 14:30 hr at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Towers for a traditional Indian welcome and complete your registration and check in formalities for the Maharajas' Express. At 16:40 hrs, you will begin your worthy weekend onboard from Mumbai by boarding the Heritage of India – Maharajas' Express Train. Experience the absolute indulgence aboard of the great kings in this selected train itinerary. Choice of Dinner will be served onboard.

Highlights of Day 1 - Begin your Heritage of India trail with the Maharaja-like flamboyance

Day 2. Ajanta Caves

Morning you will be transported to Ajanta Caves via Aurangabad. These Buddhist caves belong to the ancient 2nd-6th century era, the time period during which the rock caves became a sole specimen of artistic brilliance. This world heritage cave complex consists of 30 caves including some unfinished caves. Original purpose of these caves was to provide shelter to travelling monks during rains. But later it became an example of artistic brilliance of monks who chiseled and hammered life of Lord Buddha on a rock canvas. Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be served onboard amidst luxuries. Overnight on the Maharajas' Express.

Highlights of Day 2 - Engulf in an artistic experience by visiting Ajanta Caves.

Day 3. Udaipur

Begin your Day 3 in the ultimate setting of Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities of India. Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East', this enchanting Sisodiya kingdom is famous for lakes, white marble palaces and green hills. Begin your day in Udaipur from the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Later visit the Crystal Gallery showcasing one of the largest and finest crystal collections worldwide.

After enjoying lunch at an exclusive venue in Udaipur, you have the remaining day at your choice. You can relax in your fully furnished coupe kingdom of Maharajas' Express OR you can enjoy the spa facilities in the five star hotel. The other options can also be availed to make this day an ultimate delight. You can see the Vintage Car collection owned by the Royal Family OR you can also opt for a private shopping session. Later in the afternoon, you can even proceed for a 'Walking Tour' through the Old Market of Udaipur.

Return to your Maharajas' Express and continue journey towards blue hued Jodhpur. Breakfast on board; Lunch at Durbar Hall; Dinner on board. Overnight in the train.

Highlights of Day 3- Visit Crystal Palace showcasing finest crystal fineries and indulge in a royal lunch

Day 4. Jodhpur

The city cool of Rajasthan, Jodhpur presents the authentic heritage of Marwar region. Relish your sumptuous breakfast while you are being transported to Marwari kingdom, Jodhpur. Morning is at leisure in the train or you can avail the optional tour to Bishnoi Village. The special feature of this village is that they are the oldest living environmentalists in the world. The morning can also be utilized to avail spa facility at a 5 star hotel.

Later in the noon, proceed on a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower bazaar for its colourful markets. Continue your excursion to the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. Later, savour cocktail dinner at Hanwant Mahal accompanied with folk dance and music.

Highlights of Day 4 - Visit blue city and indulge in the cocktail dinner with a cultural performance, right from the heart of Rajasthan.

Day 5. Bikaner

The land of Bikaner beams golden hues, thanks to its wide stretch of desert. Begin your stint in Bikaner with a visit to Lalgarh Palace Museum, displaying the city's finest royal exhibits OR you can embark on an excursion to Deshnok's Karni Mata Temple, famous as 'Rat Temple'. This temple complex boasts of hundreds of rats swarming around the courtyard. Another option to begin the Bikaner tour is by paying a visit to the Camel Breeding Farm (opens at 12:00 hrs).

Following lunch, pay a visit to the Junagarh Fort, an impregnable fortress built in 1593 AD by Raja Rai Singh. Explore the enchanting structures inside the fort complex. Further in Bikaner, you can participate in a Camel-Cart Procession followed by sundowner cocktails, barbecue and folk performance on the sand dunes that will mesmerize you.

Highlights of Day 5 - Immerse yourself in Bikaner desert with a Camel Cart Procession followed by evening cocktail, barbecue and folk performance

Day 6. Jaipur

The capital of the kings, Jaipur is the planned city of Rajasthan known for its palaces, forts and majestic monuments. Proceed towards this pink city with an Exhibition Elephant Polo Match and experience a royal welcome at Jai Mahal Palace Hotel. You can even participate in the exhibition game besides watching this royal game. Following the match will be Champagne lunch at a Jai Mahal Palace hotel. Post lunch; visit the impregnable Amber Fort, one of the most recognized structures of Jaipur. Later after excursion to the fort, visit the colourful markets of Jaipur where you can shop some souvenirs in the form of the finest jewellery, textiles and blue pottery. The free time can be utilized with options including Spa/Golfing/visit to City Palace, etc.

Highlights of Day 6 - Experience the unique Exhibition Elephant Polo Game in Jaipur

Day 7. Sawai Madhopur(Ranthambore) - Fatehpur Sikri

Give a wild touch to the Day 7 with an exhilarating quest to catch the elusive tigers at Ranthambore. Early morning embark on an exciting game drive into Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur. After morning meal at Vivanta by Taj, Sawai Madhopur, return to the Maharajas' Express and continue your journey to the fabled ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Marvel at this self sufficient planned Mughal city complex featuring prominent structures such as Jami Masjid, Buland-Darwaza and tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti, the Sufi saint. Other attractions of Fatehpur Sikri include Khas Mahal, Shahi-Bazar, Anup-Talao, Chaupar, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khaas, Mina-Bazar, the Panch-Mahal and Khwabgah. The efficient drainage system and water-supply adopted here suggest an extremely intelligent town-planning by Akbar, the third Mughal emperor.

Highlights of Day 7 - Spot the elusive tiger during the Exciting Game Drive.

Day 8. Agra - Delhi(Disembark - 1500 hrs.)

As the Heritage of India train comes to herald, here you get a chance to marvel at the monument in marble, Taj Mahal in Agra. Visit the Taj wrapped in the early morning orange hues and marvel at its divine beauty. The visit is followed by Champagne breakfast atop Taj Khema gazing at the majestic brilliance Taj Mahal. Enjoy the lunch onboard as you continue the last lap of this heritage journey to Delhi. Bid adieu to the Maharajas' Express as your journey comes to herald at approximately 15:30 hours on arrival into Safdarjung Railway Station.

Highlights of Day 8 - Marvel at the Taj Mahal and enjoy relish Champagne breakfast while gazing this monument at a distance.

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Highlights

Indulge like a Maharaja in Heritage of India Train

Be in awe with Ajanta Caves, a world heritage site

Explore the selected crystal fineries at Crystal Palace with royal lunch in Udaipur

Experience the joviality of Jodhpur with cocktail dinner and cultural performance

Witness Camel Cart Procession and evening cocktail, barbecue and folk performance

Be a part of Exhibition Elephant Polo Game in Jaipur

Drive through the jungles via Exciting Game Drive in Ranthambore

Gaze at the Taj Mahal and relish Champagne breakfast


Highlights of Maharajas' Express Train

Accommodation – The accommodation of Maharajas' Express Train features four cabin configurations (Deluxe Cabin, Junior Suite, Suite and Presidential Suite). Named on the precious gems of India, the train is best suited to provide the grand touring experience. Deluxe Cabin is spread over 112 sq ft area offering twin/double bed cabins with attached bathroom. This cabin can accommodate 40 passengers. Junior Suite comes up with 150 sq ft area featuring twin/double bed accommodation along with writing table and an attached bath facility. The accommodation can hold over 36 passengers during the journey. The Suite comes equipped with a separate living and double bedroom areas over an area of 220 sq ft area. This accommodation also features the attached bath with bathtub as a luxurious option. This Suite can hold only 8 passengers in its luxurious setting. The largest suite of Maharajas' Express, Presidential Suite is the grandest accommodation on a luxury train ever. The coupe is spread over an area of 448 sq ft having two bedrooms, two attached bath; one of them having a bathtub and a living cum dining room. This exclusive accommodation can hold 4 Maharajas' in its indulgent setting.

Panoramic Views – The train also boasts of the largest panoramic views furnished with matching royal furnishings to cater to your indulgent taste. These royal windows allow you to marvel at the distinctive beauty of India.

Individual Temperature Control – All royal coupes of Maharajas' are equipped with individual temperature control, the first of the kind facility in India devised keeping in mind your comforts.

The Rajah Club and Safari Bar (Lounge and Bar Cars) – The Rajah Club provides the connoisseurs of indulgence with the choicest collection of house brand of beers, wines and spirits. All these drinks are available complimentary for you to indulge in the pleasures. Also, the club features a comfortable sitting arrangement and an exquisite collection of books, which makes it a nice socializing joint of Maharajas' Express. The Safari Bar is another option to relax in the comfortable club arm chairs in the company of selected books and bar game tables.

Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal (Restaurant Cars) - The restaurant cars in this luxury train is also a promising experience. The two restaurants, namely Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal boast of a unique theme décor based on their names. Mayur Mahal has a peacock based theme, the vibrant national bird of India. Everything you find here is embossed with royal peacock ornamentation, making the experience truly ecstatic. At Rang Mahal, you get to experience the colourful indulgence of the Maharajas' by living their lifestyle. Sitting under the hand painted golden motif on crimson ceiling is a royal experience enhanced with the finest dining. Even the cutlery and crockery are plated with 24-carat gold. The fine Limoges plates edged with gold, hand cut and crafted crystal glasses, and the cutlery monogrammed with letter M also make this dining a Maharaja experience. These restaurants employ the finest chefs and butlers who eagerly will be dishing out choicest delicacies for the dining kings. All the meals will be served with great zeal.

At Safari Bar, you can enjoy playing indoor games on the bar game tables.

Arrival kit – An arrival kit is a part of welcoming your stint in Maharajas' Express. This kit features stationery items, brochures and cards for your convenience.

Luggage collection - Your luggage will be picked up and taken to your respective saloons without you worrying about it.

No hassle of daily packing and unpacking the luggage as you will be staying in the Maharajas' Express.

Exclusive sightseeing with entrance fee is included in the fare. All you have to do is marvel at the amazing sights and colours of India.

Various cultural shows, sound and light shows form an enticing attraction of this luxury train.

Paramedic is available onboard during the complete luxury train tour for immediate contact

Optional excursions can be availed at specified location where you can indulge in the luxurious spas at hotels

Services of a tour director are included in exclusive train tour

On this dream trail, you even get to meet the Indian royalty

24 hr valet service is another highlight of this tour


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Schedule - Heritage of India - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi

The Heritage of India trail of Maharajas' Express train is scheduled for selected dates. If you are a heritage enthusiast and want to embark on a culturally rich journey laced with luxury, then choose this Maharajas' Express train for a fulfilling experience. Special New Year Packages can also be availed on this heritage train trail. Just choose the date suiting your India tour and embark on the discovery of India through a luxury train.


Departure Dates for 2017-18
MONTH THE HERITAGE OF INDIA
Day Saturday
Sept'17
Oct'17 7
Nov'17 4
Dec'17 2, 30
Jan'18 27
Feb'18 24
Mar'18 24
Apr'18

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Tariff - Heritage of India - 08 Days / 07 Nights

Destination Covered »

Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi

Find mentioned below, the tariff of Maharajas Express the Heritage of India tour to plan your journey. The applicable fare for the different cabin and suites for the session beginning September has been given below for your kind perusal along with the booking and cancellation policy to help you plan your journey.

The tariff of the Maharajas' Express includes accommodation, meals, beverages (light drinks, tea, coffee, and mineral water), Indian wines (in-house brands), butler service, and porter-age at stations, guided tours and entrance fees at monuments. The tariff however does not include taxes, insurances, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, and fees of video and professional cameras.

Tariffs

Find mentioned below, the tariff of Maharajas Express the Heritage of India tour to plan your journey. The applicable fare for the different cabin and suites for the sesion beginning September has been given below for your kind perusal along with the booking and cancellation policy to help you plan your journey.


Maharajas' Express Tariff in USD for 2017-18
Occupancy Cabin Tariff (USD) Description
Deluxe Cabin
Double/Twin

US$ 6840 per person

TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement US$ 5160 per person Single Cabin
Junior Suite
Double/Twin US$ 9890 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement US$ 8910 per person Single Cabin
Suite
Double/Twin US$ 13800 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement US$ 13800 per person Single Cabin
Presidential Suite
Double/Twin US$ 23700 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement US$ 23700 per person Single Cabin

Maharajas' Express Tariff in INR for 2017-18
Occupancy Cabin Tariff (INR) Description
Deluxe Cabin
Double/Twin

INR 454800 per person

TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement INR 343100 per person Single Cabin
Junior Suite
Double/Twin INR 657600 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement INR 592430 per person Single Cabin
Suite
Double/Twin INR 917570 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement INR 917570 per person Single Cabin
Presidential Suite
Double/Twin INR 1575830 per person TWN Sharing Cabin
Single Supplement INR 1575830 per person Single Cabin

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
# USD 500 per person extra surcharge during Christmas and New Year departures.
Taxes will be extra as applicable.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of any change or amendment in the routing
  • Service tax will be charged extra as applicable
  • For child policy and other details, please refer to our website
  • Itineraries, destinations, venues and schedules departure are subject to change without prior notice
  • All the above prices are on per person per journey on twin sharing basis
  • Supplement will apply for Signature Journey, Special occasions such as a New Year, Christmas etc.
Christmas & New Year, Signature Journey Supplement Charges
There will be supplement charge of USD 500 per pax travelling during the tour falling on New Year eve and Christmas.The supplement charge will be applicable for child between 05-12 years also.Supplement charges may be applicable for certain signature journeys as announced by IRCTC from time to time.

Child Policy :

Maharajas' Express does accommodate children but we ask parents to be mindful of the sophisticated adult atmosphere we endeavour to maintain.
  • Children below 5 years shall be allowed free, subject to sharing of double bed with parents. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking. However, this is not recommended by us.
  • Single child (5 years - 12 years) sharing cabin with adults - 50% of the adult fare, subject to sharing of double bed with two full paid adults. This is subject to availability of double bed at the time of booking. However, this is not recommended by us.OR Single child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the (adult fare + Supplement charges) if requested in a separate cabin.
  • Two child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child in a separate cabin on twin sharing basis.
  • Three child (5 years - 12 years) in a separate cabin - 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed. ORIf third child request in a separate cabin - 50% of the (adult fare + Single Supplement charges)
  • Single child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - Two adults fare on twin sharing basis.
  • Two child (5 years -12 years) + one adult in a separate cabin: - One adult fare plus 50% of the adult fare for each child subject to sharing of double bed.
  • Child booking if requested in a separate cabin is subject to travelling with the adults. It is to be noted that single child has to share guide/vehicle with adults travelling together in case of Suite & PS cabin booked pax. In case, a separate higher category vehicle is required then supplement will be levied.
  • Please note that we do not have the facility for interconnecting cabins except in the Presidential Suite Car.
  • All applicable taxes will be charged extra.

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Mumbai - Ajanta - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Bikaner - Jaipur - Ranthambore - Agra – Delhi

Beginning from metropolitan Mumbai, this luxury train takes a U turn towards the ancient era marvel of Ajanta caves, famous for Buddhist cave paintings. The next day, open your eyes in the city royale at Udaipur. Here, you will get to marvel at two marble palaces overlooking each other inside Lake Pichola. Move further towards Jodhpur, an exciting city wrapped with blue walls and colourful fresco-art. On day 5, visit Bikaner and experience the heart of deserts in depth. Next in schedule is Jaipur, the royal capital known for its rugged forts and recognizable structures. An exploration further brings you down in the semi arid forests of Ranthambore famous for tigers. Towards the end, the Heritage of India tour wraps up itself in the company of the unforgettable Taj Mahal in Agra.


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