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Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey

11 days from £5,795 per person

The Maharaja's Express offers one of the most elegant and luxurious train experiences in India, with comfortable accommodation and facilities, delicious food and impeccable service. The 'Classical India' journey is one of their most popular and interesting routes, taking in lesser-visited areas of central India such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, with its exquisite erotic carvings, the bejewelled city of Orchha and Gwalior as well as the holy city of Varanasi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the historic and bustling city of Lucknow, and Bandhavgarh Wildlife Park - home to a wide variety of animal, plant and bird life. The Maharaja's Express also offers different routes and part journeys. For more information please contact one of our consultants.

This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal tour of India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Trains & Boats holiday collection, as well as our Honeymoon and Wildlife itineraries.

Itinerary details

11 days from £5,795 per person

  • Day 1 - In transit
    Flight from London to Delhi.
  • Day 2 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    On arrival transfer to The Imperial Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Maharajas Express - Agra
    Board the Maharaja's Express and enjoy a welcome drink.
  • Day 4 - Maharajas Express - Gwalior
    Visit Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior Fort and Jai Vilas Palace.
  • Day 5 - Maharajas Express - Khajuraho
    Stop at Orchha to visit Jahangiri Mahal and Chaturbhuj temple. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho.
  • Day 6 - Maharajas Express - Bandhavgarh National Park
    Take a village tour and learn about the 'Forests for Tigers' conservation programme before taking a game drive.
  • Day 7 - Maharajas Express - Varanasi
    Visit the ruins of Sarnath and the famous Silk Weaving Centre before a cruise on the Ganges to witness Aarti (evening prayer).
  • Day 8 - Maharajas Express - Lucknow
    Visit The Residency, Rumi Darwaza and Bada Imambara before enjoying an Indian Evening.
  • Day 9 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Arrive into Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
  • Day 10 - The Imperial Hotel - Delhi
    Visit the sights of Old and New Delhi, including Chandi Chowk, Jama Masjid mosque, Humayan's Tomb, India Gate and the Parliament Buildings.
  • Day 11 - In transit
    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.
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