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Exploring India’s Royal Mughal & Maratha Dynasties

13 days from £8,130 for 2024 per person

This itinerary will uncover the magnificent cities, palaces and forts of India’s royal Mughal and Maratha dynasties. The Mughal empire was responsible for some of the most impressive architecture in North India; the first emperor, Babur took a considerable interest in erecting buildings, and his grandson, Akbar built widely, the style developing over his reign. Among Akbar’s accomplishments were Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. But Mughal architecture reached its zenith during the reign of Shah Jahan, who’s most notable constructions are Jama Masjid and the Taj Mahal. The Marathas were a warrior tribe and are largely credited for ending the Mughal rule in India. The Maratha emperors built impenetrable forts, naval facilities, towns and temples during the 17th and 18th centuries, but turned their attentions to fine art and social reforms in the 19th and 20th centuries, when they built beautiful palaces.

This itinerary begins in the bustling capital of Delhi. Explore Old Delhi, the former centre of the Mughal Empire, and home to the shopping artery of Chandni Chowk, the old city’s commercial heart. Overlooking the old city is Jama Masjid, India’s most important mosque, and nearby is the Red Fort, also built Shah Jahan. Next, travel to the Maratha ‘Gaekwad’ city of Baroda, and once the capital of the most powerful and wealthy states in India.

Drive on to the sleepy riverside town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, the capital of the Holkar kings. It’s a wonderfully authentic and romantic place to spend a few days. Journey north on an Indian train to the former princely state of Gwalior, dominated by an ancient sandstone citadel, which houses palaces, temples, gates and water tanks, and a fascinating and turbulent history to discover. Finally, drive to Agra to see the majestic Taj Mahal, arguably the peak of Mughal architecture, and the deserted red sandstone city and Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri.

This is purely a suggested itinerary so it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made holiday in India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Epic Journey and Family Holiday collections, as well as our favourite Trains and Spa & Wellness itineraries.

Itinerary details

13 days from £8,130 for 2024 per person

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Client Testimonials

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- Mr David Wallace, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka

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